Brussels, 3 May 2022
The European Commission has decided today to appoint Thomas Skordas as Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). This department develops and implements policies to make Europe fit for the digital age. The date of effect of the appointment will be determined later.
Thomas Skordas will build on his 33 years of professional experience and expertise in the field of digital technologies and applications, including 27 years at the Commission. He is endowed with robust management and representation skills, strategic planning and excellent knowledge of EU policies related to the policy areas covered by DG CONNECT.
Thomas Skordas, a Greek national, has been Acting Deputy Director-General at the same Directorate-General since 2021. He was notably in charge of the overall strategic orientation and management of the Directorates covering Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, Digital Excellence & Science Infrastructure, Future Networks and Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity. From 2017 until now, he has been Director for “Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure”. In his preceding function, he was Head of Unit in charge of managing Future and Emerging Technologies “Flagships”, in particular “GRAPHENE” and “The Human Brain Project” in the same Directorate-General.
In earlier stages of his career, he held a variety of positions with gradually increasing responsibilities within DG CONNECT, and previously the Directorate-General for Information Society and Media (DG INFSO). He joined the Commission in 1995 within the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) as Scientific Officer in the area of enterprise logistics, robotics and production automation. Prior to that, he was working as Responsible for the Research & Development activities in Computer Vision and Robotics in the private sector. He holds a PhD in Computer Sciences Research from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG).