Verena Ross

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Verena Ross
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Occupation Chair (effective Nov. 1, 2021)
Employer European Securities and Markets Authority
Location London

Verena Ross is the first and current executive director of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). She was nominated for a five-year term for this position on Feb. 22, 2011.[1][2]

She was chosen from a shortlist of four by the ESMA supervisory board, made up of regulators from all 27 European Union member states.[3]

Starting November 1, 2021, Ross will be the chair of ESMA. Her appointment was confirmed by the Council of the European Union at its October 15, 2021 meeting in Brussels.[4]


Prior to joining ESMA, Ross was director of the UK Financial Services Authority's International Division from October 2009 until May 2011. [5] She also served as a member of the FSA's executive committee and the executive policy and risk committees.

Before becoming FSA's international director, Ross was the director of the FSA's Strategy & Risk Division, which was responsible for leading the FSA's strategic approach to regulation and risk management, both domestically and internationally.[6]

In 2009, Ross served as co-chair of the IOSCO Task Force on Unregulated Financial Entities.[7]

Ross began her career as an economist at the Bank of England prior to becoming a banking supervisor. From 1998 to 2000 ran the executive chairman’s office for Sir Howard Davies during the creation and early years of the FSA.

She was also briefly seconded as an advisor to the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong in 2000.



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