New Managing Director at Direct Selling Europe (DSE)

Monday, 6 August, 2012

Oscar Arias has been appointed Managing Director of DSE, with effect as of August 2012.
Oscar Arias is an expert in public affairs with more than 10 years of experience in the EU lobbying world. He has over a decade of experience in EU governmental affairs and has worked on a wide range of sectors such as pharmaceuticals, bioenergy and aviation.
Oscar started his career in the cabinet of Loyola de Palacio, former vice-president of the European Commission. He then joined the consultancy Hill & Knowlton, where he led several successful campaigns on biofuels and the liberalization of the ground-handling market in Spain. Oscar has also experience in international negotiations due to his three years as policy advisor in the European Commission.
A Spanish national, he is fluent in English and French with good knowledge of German and Greek. He holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations from the universities of Madrid, Athens and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, with MA in EU Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (BE) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (BE).
Oscar said: "I am delighted to lead the DSE HQs in Brussels. The direct selling industry and particularly DSE members represent a crucial contribution to the European economic growth, with more than 4 million direct sellers in Europe. It is a great pleasure to be part of such a successful family and I look forward to serving the needs of DSE members!"
Oscar replaces Marc Pouw, who has been Managing Director of DSE since November 2008.

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