On June 23 at the American Antitrust Institute’s 12th Annual Conference, former European Commissioner for Competition Policy Mario Monti will be presented AAI’s Alfred E. Kahn Award for Antitrust Achievement.
Monti greatly influenced international antitrust policy during his reign as the EU’s enforcer of competition where he tackled a number of high-profile issues and raised the role of economic analysis in the European Commission's proceedings. He initiated anti-monopoly proceedings against Microsoft. He also led the investigation into the proposed merger between General Electric and Honeywell, which the European Commission blocked. Monti is currently President of Bocconi University in Milan and Honorary President of Bruegel, the European think tank he launched in 2005.
Monti is the 12th recipient of the annual award. Past honorees are Joel Klein, Robert Pitofsky, F.M. Scherer, Alfred E. Kahn, Lloyd Constantine, Thomas B. Leary, Senators Herb Kohl and Senator Mike DeWine, Maxwell Blecher, John Shenefield, Eleanor M. Fox, and Steven Salop.
The AAI has renamed its annual achievement award in honor of Alfred Kahn, the Cornell University economist who was known as the the “godfather of deregulation” for his role as the chief architect and promoter of deregulating the nation’s airlines, despite opposition from industry executives and unions alike. Kahn joined the AAI Advisory Board Member in 1998 and received the AAI’s Antitrust Achievement Award in 2004. Kahn died in December 2010 at the age of 93.
Held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., the annual conference is attended by leaders of the antitrust community including academics, lawyers, economists and agency and Capitol Hill staff. More information about the
AAI’s 12th Annual Conference, including an agenda and registration information, is available at here.