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