Copying and distributing are prohibited without permission of the publisher

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.

International Tax Review: How has your career thus far prepared you for your new role as OECD head of tax policy and administration?

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...

This article is locked content, available to current subscribers or trialists.

  • Current subscribers or trialists - Please log in to view this article in full.
  • New users - Please take a free 7 day trial.
  • Expired subscribers or trialists - Please subscribe to gain immediate full access.

If you think you've received this message in error, please contact your account manager, Nick Burroughs:
Email:, Tel: +44 (0)207 779 8379

Subscribe now

Subscribe today to gain full access to International Tax Review.


Free trial

Take a free trial now and gain 7 days of full access to International Tax Review.

Free trial

International Tax Review Profile

South Africa has published draft FAQ guidance on the Common Reporting Standard #CRS. Comments due by Sept. 2 2016

Aug 22 2016 02:21 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
International Tax Review Profile

Liechtenstein has ratified the OECD Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the @OECDtax announced today.

Aug 22 2016 12:31 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
International Tax Review Profile

Don't miss our #Brexit survey! We need corporate tax professionals to tell us what they're doing

Aug 19 2016 06:43 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
International Tax Review Profile

Kuwait joins @OECD's #taxtransparency initiative, becoming the 83rd signatory to the CRS Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement #CRS

Aug 19 2016 01:04 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
International Tax Review Profile

@PwC_NZ is celebrating 30 years of GST in New Zealand, while ITR looks ahead to new GST rules coming for digital services on Oct. 1 2016

Aug 19 2016 01:03 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite

Latest Issue

View Issue

September 2016

International Correspondents