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Olivier Guersent - Director-General

OLIVIER GUERSENT is as of 1st January 2020 the Director-General of the Directorate General for Competition.

He joined the European Commission in 1992, initially with the "Merger Task Force" in the Directorate-General for Competition. Since then, he has alternated between the private offices of a number of European Commissioners (Karel Van Miert, Michel Barnier and Neelie Kroes) and DG Competition (successively Deputy Head of Unit in charge of cartels, Head of Unit in charge of policy and coordination of cases, Head of Unit in charge of merger control, Acting Director “Transport, postal and other services" and, from 2009, Director responsible for the fight against cartels. From 2010 to 2014 he was the head of the private office of Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services. Having held the position of Deputy Director-General since July 2014, Olivier Guersent has been Director-General of the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union from 1 September 2015 to 31 December 2019.

He graduated with distinction from the “Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux” in 1983. He joined the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in 1984, where he carried out many investigations for the French Competition Authority.

Married and a father of three children, Olivier Guersent is a member of the board of of the non-profit organisation Aremis that provides medical care in the home, primarily to cancer patients in the Brussels area. He is a regular lecturer to postgraduate university students.

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Deputy Directors-General

Cecilio Madero Villarejo - Deputy Director-General Mergers

Cecilio Madero Villarejo has been Deputy Director-General for Mergers at the European Commission's Competition Directorate-General since 1 March 2019 and Acting Director-General between 1 September 2019 and 31st December 2019.

His experience with the Commission spans 32 years during which his career has mainly focused on European competition policy. As a case-handler in 1987, he dealt first with the adjustment of state monopolies and the internal energy market. In 1995, he was appointed Head of Unit in charge of the application of State aid rules in the area of manufacturing, including the textile, papers, chemical, pharmaceutical, electronic industry, mechanical engineering and other sectors.

Between 1999 and 2006, he was Head of Unit in charge of Information Industries, Internet and Consumer Electronics. In October 2006, he was appointed Director of the Services Directorate, and then in 2007, Director of the Information, Communication and Media Directorate.

In 2010 he became Acting Deputy Director-General for Mergers and Antitrust. From 2011 until 1 March 2019, he was Deputy Director-General for Antitrust. Further to his appointment as Deputy Director-General for Mergers on 1 March 2019, he continued to act as Deputy Director-General for Antitrust until September 2019.

Mr Madero studied law at the Complutense University in Madrid. After working for five years at Banco Bilbao in Spain, he joined the European Commission (Competition DG) in 1987.

Carles Esteva Mosso – Deputy Director-General State aid

Carles Esteva Mosso is Deputy Director General for State aid at the Competition Directorate-General of the European Commission.

From 16 March 2016 until 1 March 2019, he was Deputy Director General for Mergers after having served as Acting Deputy Director General for Mergers since July 2014 and as Director in charge of Policy and Strategy in DG Competition since 2010. Carles Esteva Mosso had previously held a number of management positions in DG Competition.

Between 1999 and 2004, he was a Member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Competition Policy, Mario Monti. For the five years prior to that, he worked in several areas within DG Competition. Before joining the Commission, Carles Esteva worked in private legal practice. He is a member of the Barcelona Bar.

Carles Esteva holds a Masters degree in European Law from the Institut d’Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles. He also graduated in Law and Economics from the Universitat de Barcelona, and in Political Science (International relations) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is a guest professor on competition law at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

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