Steven Maijoor is the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). He took up office on 1 April 2011 and is the first chair of the authority and has been appointed for a term of 5 years. He represents the Authority and is responsible for chairing ESMA’s Board of Supervisors, which gives strategic guidance to ESMA and takes all main regulatory and supervisory decisions. He also chairs the Management Board, which needs to ensure that the Authority carries out its mission and performs its tasks.
Prior to taking up this role, Steven was Managing Director at the AFM, the Dutch financial markets regulator, where he was responsible for capital market supervision, including financial reporting and auditing, prospectuses, public offerings, and the supervision of the integrity of financial markets. During his term, the scope of activities of the AFM vastly expanded and he was responsible for building and implementing supervision in the capital market area. In his regulatory role at the AFM, Steven has held a number of international positions, including the Chairmanship of IFIAR (International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators).
Before joining the regulatory world, Steven was the Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University, and had pursued a long career in academia which included a variety of positions at Maastricht University and the University of Southern California.
He holds a PhD in Business Economics from Maastricht University, was a research student at the London School of Economics, and has a master in Business Economics from the University of Groningen.
Steven Maijoor is married and has two daughters and a son.
His calendar, including meetings with external stakeholders, can be found here.
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