September 2002 Alexander has been the Director General for
the Internal Market at the European Commission in Brussels,
serving Commissioner Frits Bolkestein.
The Internal Market Directorate-General
coordinates the Commission's policy on the European Single
Market, and is responsible for developing a single market
in several sectors including financial services. The division
was tasked with implementing the Financial Services Action
Plan (FSAP), and is presently establishing a strategy for
the next stage in the development of the single market.
Alexander is currently in discussions with the US Public
Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) regarding the
regulation of company auditing, which has come to the fore
since the collapse of Enron and Parmalat. Both parties are
looking for increased co-operation on the issue.
From 1995 to 2002, as Director
General for Competition, Alexander was Europe's 'competition
guru', holding one of the most influential jobs in the Commission.
Alexander served commissioners Karel van Miert and Mario
Monti, and was involved in the controversial rejection by
the Commission, of General Electric's plans to buy Honeywell
International, after the deal gained easy approval from
the U.S. Justice Department. He has participated in numerous
economic summits and meetings of the European Council.
He has published a book on the
European Parliament and articles on competition, trade,
economic and financial topics. He is married to Nicole van
der Meulen, with two daughters and a son.