An economist by training, Alberto Bacchiega joined the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition in 2000. He has since then held a number of positions mainly in State aid and merger control. From 2009 to 2014 he co-led DG Competition’s Financial Crisis Task Force dealing with the restructuring of the banking sector in European countries including Ireland, Portugal and Spain. From 2014 to 2021 he led the unit in charge of merger control in the financial, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors. He was appointed director in April 2021, and joined the directorate ‘Information, Communication and Media’ of DG Competition in November of the same year.