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February 28, 2013

FTC Commissioner Ramirez Named as Agency's Next Chairman

By Jeffrey May, J.D.

With the recent departure of Jon Leibowitz from the Commission, the President has chosen Commissioner Edith Ramirez to serve as the next chair of the agency. President Barack Obama intends to designate Ramirez as chairman effective March 4, 2013, the FTC announced late today.

"I am deeply honored at the opportunity to lead the Federal Trade Commission. I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners and the able FTC staff to continue the agency's proud history of promoting vigorous competition and protecting consumers," Ramirez said. "I also want to thank Chairman Leibowitz for his strong leadership. I welcome the opportunity to build on his legacy of active enforcement of our antitrust and consumer protection laws."

Ramirez has been a commissioner for nearly three years. She was nominated by President Obama in November 2009, while she was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. At the firm, she specialized in intellectual property and complex litigation matters. While at the Commission, Ramirez has taken an active role in shaping the FTC's consumer privacy efforts and enforcing antitrust rules in high tech markets.

Ramirez, a Democrat, was sworn in at the FTC in April 2010, along with fellow Democrat, Julie Brill. Ramirez' term ends September 25, 2015.

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