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Senior Management

ESMA’s senior management team, currently comprised of Verena Ross, Chair, and Natasha Cazenave, Executive Director, is responsible for leading the organisation. 

2021 Calendar of the Chair

2021 Calendar of the Executive Director

Calendar for previous years

    Chair - Verena Ross

    Verena Ross

    Verena Ross is the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). She took up the role on 1 November 2021 and is responsible for representing the Authority as well as preparing the work of ESMA’s Board of Supervisors (BOS) and chairing the BOS and the Management Board.

    Between 2011 and 2021 Verena Ross served as ESMA’s first Executive Director where she was in charge of the day to day running of the organisation. Prior to this, Verena held a number of senior posts in the UK's Financial Services Authority (FSA), with her final position being Director of the International Division from October 2009 to May 2011. She was also a member of the FSA's Executive Committee and the Policy and Risk Committees.

    Verena joined the FSA in 1998 to run the Executive Chairman’s office during the regulator’s start-up phase, and was briefly a seconded advisor to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission in 2000. She subsequently held various positions in the Markets Division and was Director of Strategy & Risk Division before becoming Director of the International Division.

    Verena is a German national. Following studies in Hamburg, Taipei and London (SOAS) she began her career at the Bank of England in 1994, where she worked as an economist and then banking supervisor.

    Executive Director – Natasha Cazenave

    Natasha Cazenave

    Natasha Cazenave has been Executive Director of ESMA since 1 June 2021. 

    Before taking up her current role she was Managing Director, Head of the Policy and International Affairs Directorate at the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), where she worked for over 10 years in various roles. 

    During that period, at the international level, she was elected twice chair of IOSCO's Policy Committee on investment management in 2012 and 2014. In February 2015, she was appointed co-Chair of the Financial Stability Board's experts group on shadow banking.

    Natasha Cazenave began her career at Ernst & Young Corporate Finance as part of the Valuation & Business Modelling team. She spent eight years working at Deminor, a consultancy firm specialised in the defence of minority shareholders rights, where she was in charge of collective actions for investors who suffered losses as a result of securities violations, and the promotion of best practices in the field of corporate governance. She holds a Master's degree from the Paris Dauphine University in Banking, Finance and Insurance.