Philippe Brunet was born in 1959 in Cahors (France).
Doctor in Medicine (MD) and Iuris Doctor in Community Law (LLD), he entered the Commission in 1988 (DG V - Social Affairs). He joined the DG III (Industry) in 1993 in order to prepare the establishment of the EMEA (European Medicines Evaluation Agency, now the EMA) and complete the legal framework of the EU authorisation scheme for medicinal products.
Philippe Brunet was appointed deputy Head of Unit “Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics Unit” in 1998, and subsequently Head of the Unit “Pharmaceuticals, legislative framework and market authorisations” in April 2000.
In November 2004 Philippe Brunet joined the Cabinet of Markos Kyprianou, the Commissioner responsible for Health and consumer affairs, as Deputy Head of Cabinet, Barroso I Commission. In October 2007 he was appointed Head of Cabinet by Commissioner Kyprianou.
Following the resignation of Mr Kyprianou to become Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus in February 2008 and his subsequent replacement by Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, Mr Brunet was appointed Head of Cabinet of Mrs Vassiliou as of March 2008.
On February 10, 2010, Ms Vassiliou took over the position of Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth in the Barroso II Commission. Ms Vassiliou re-appointed Mr Philippe Brunet as the Head of her new Cabinet.
The Commission appointed on 19th December 2012 him as Director in DG Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) for Directorate "Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries" as of January 2013. Mr Brunet main institutional files comprise, inter alia, the implementation of COPERNICUS, a constellation of EU-satellites offering Earth Observation services on a full, open and free of charge basis, and the development of civil and military synergies in security and defence matters to render the defence industry competitive and underpin a credible and effective Common Security and Defence Policy. Since 2016, his directorate has in charge the design and development of the new European defence fund.
Philippe Brunet has two sons. He has been knighted in the French Order of the Legion of Honour in 2011.