European Competitive Telecommunications Association

Thibaut Kleiner

Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, European Commission

Thibaut Kleiner is the Deputy Head of Cabinet of Günther H. Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. He has worked since 2001 for the European Commission. The first ten years of his career in the Commission were spent in the area of competition policy (merger, antitrust and state aid). He was in 2007-2010 Member of the Cabinet of Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for competition. In charge of state aid, he supervised banking and restructuring cases for more than one trillion euros during the financial crisis, as well as high-profile energy and tax cases. He was then Head of Unit for coordination in DG Competition. In 2011, he moved to the digital policy area, as advisor of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, in charge of the Digital Agenda, and supervised Internet policies at large (Internet governance, cloud, cybersecurity, data). From 2014 to 2016, he was Head of Unit in charge of network technologies (5G, Internet of Things) in DG Connect. An economist by training, Thibaut Kleiner holds a Master from HEC Paris and a PhD from the London School of Economics.

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