Ville Itälä has been appointed by the European Commission to the post of Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The appointment, announced on June 20, will take effect on August 1.
Itälä, a Finnish national, is a lawyer by training and has been a member of the European Court of Auditors since 2013. He has also served as a member of the European Parliament (2004-2012) and Finland’s interior minister (2000-2003).
The Commission also announced its decision to appoint, with effect of July 1, Manuela Geleng to the position of Director for Skills in its Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion department (DG EMPL).
Geleng, an Italian national, joined the Commission in 1995 and has been a Head of Unit since 2009. She is currently acting Director for Social Affairs and Head of Unit for the Social Investment Strategy in DG EMPL but also Head of DG EMPL’s Task Force on migrants and refugees.