Olivier Guersent graduated with distinction from the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux. He joined the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in 1984. In 1982 he joined the European Commission, initially as part of the ‘Merger Task Force’ in the Directorate General for competition. Since then, he has alternated between the private offices of a number of European Commissioners and DG competition. Guersent is also a member of the board of the non-profit organisation Aremis that provides medical care at home, primarily to cancer patients in the Brussels area.