Pascal Saint-Amans, the Director of the Center for Tax Policy and Administration (CTP) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), has announced his resignation. In a Twitter post on 5th September 2022, the tax chief stated that his decision “…is the outcome of a long reflection and [he] feel[s] privileged to have served th[e] unique Organisation& its members for so many years”
OECD’s Secretary-General, Mathias Cormann, said in a statement, “While sad to see Pascal leave the Organisation, [he] respects his decision that this is the time for him (Saint-Amans) to pursue other career opportunities.” He hailed Saint-Amans’ “enormous, historically significant contribution he has made to international tax policy reform and administration.”
Mr. Saint-Amans achieved many groundbreaking feats during his time at OECD. Amongst other things, he kick-started the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project in 2012, brokered a groundbreaking agreement last year among 137 countries and jurisdictions as part of the project, and he also established the Tax Inspectors without Borders program.
Mr. Saint-Amans spent 15 years at the OECD and he served as the Tax Policy Center Director for 10 years. He would be vacating his position by the end of October 2022 and his deputy, Grace Perez-Navarro, would be assuming office on 1st November 2022, to be assisted by two Acting Deputy Directors, David Bradbury, and Achim Pross.