|"Secretary General of the European Commission|
1 September 2015
|Preceded by||"Catherine Day|
|Succeeded by||"Martin Selmayr (Designate)|
|Born||1956 (age 61–62)|
|"Alma mater||"University of Groningen|
Alexander Italianer was born in the Netherlands and completed his high school in "Leiden. He graduated on "econometrics at the "University of Groningen in 1980, and received his PhD in economics at the same university in 1986. Between 1980 and 1985 he was an assistant at the "Catholic University of Leuven. In 1985 he became a civil servant at the European Commission; first as an advisor, then as head of the administrative unit of the "Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs. He worked in the "Cabinet of Commission President "Jacques Santer during the "Santer Commission (1995–1999) and became a Cabinet Head under "Günter Verheugen ("Enlargement). In 2002, he was promoted to Director of the Directorate-General Economic and Financial Affairs. Subsequent positions include Cabinet Head of Commissioner "Pavel Telička, Deputy Cabinet Head of "President of the European Commission "José Manuel Barroso (2004 until 2006) and Deputy Secretary-General (2006 until 2010). After being the Director-General of the "Directorate-General for Competition from 2010 until 2015, he has been the Secretary-General of the European Commission since 1 September 2015.
|"Secretary General of the European Commission