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Johannes Laitenberger

Johannes Laitenberger

Director General, DG Competition - European Commission

Johannes Laitenberger is the Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition. He took office on 1 September 2015. Under the political guidance of Commissioner Vestager, he manages the Directorate-General within the framework set by its mission statement and work programme.

He has been Deputy Director-General of the Commission's Legal Service (2014-15), Head of Cabinet of President Barroso (2009-14), Spokesperson of the European Commission (2005-09) and Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Reding (2003-04).

Johannes Laitenberger started his career in the European Institutions in 1996 as an adviser in the General Secretariat of the Council. In 1999, he joined the Commission as a case handler in the Directorate-General for Competition and soon became Member of Commissioner Reding?s cabinet (1999-2003).

He studied Philosophy at the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon, and law at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universit├Ąt, Bonn. He qualified as a German lawyer.

He was born in Hamburg, Germany and grew up in Hamburg and Lisbon, Portugal.