EXCLUSIVE: Pascal Saint-Amans defines his role as new OECD head of tax policy and administration
25 October 2011
Salman Shaheen - ITR
When Jeffrey Owens announced his retirement as head of tax policy and administration at the OECD, the race was on to replace one of the most important figures in global tax affairs. Pascal Saint-Amans is that man and, in an exclusive interview, he discusses his priorities on transparency, transfer pricing and tax avoidance before taking up the position in February.
Tax Review: How has your career thus far prepared you for your
new role as OECD head of tax policy and
Pascal Saint-Amans: I’ve
always been involved in international tax matters. I started my
career in the French Ministry of Finance as a member of the
Monti group. Some might remember the tax package prepared by
Monti back in 1997. At that time in the French Treasury, there
were not many people involved in European tax matters and I was
asked to be the junior member of that group. I worked there for
two years preparing the grounds for the Savings Directive.
I became the chair of Working Party One and became the
French delegate to the UN for four years. I got involved in
OECD tax matters of course and that’s where I was
offered to take up the position.
I’ve been at the OECD...
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