Acting FTC Competition Bureau Chief Named

With President Donald Trump's reported pick to head the Federal Trade Commission yet to be officially nominated or confirmed, acting chair Maureen Ohlhausen continues to name acting officials for important posts.

Wednesday, Sept. 6, Ohlhausen said she had tapped Ian R. Conner, who has been a partner at law firm Kirkland & Ellis, to be the acting deputy director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition. The appointment is effective Sept. 18.

In July, Ohlhausen named Bruce Hoffman acting director of the Competition Bureau.

The Competition Bureau enforces antitrust laws, including vetting mergers, a duty it shares with the Justice Department.

Related: Ex FTC Chair Ramirez Joins Law Firm

Before entering private practice, Conner was a trial attorney in the Justice Department's antitrust division.

According to website, Conner helped secure mergers involving AT&T's purchase of Leap Wireless and Delta's purchase of Northwest, earning him a spot on the site's 2014 list of the top competition lawyers under 40.

(Photo via Jeff Kubina's FlickrImage taken on June 20, 2017 and used per Creative Commons 2.0 license. The photo was cropped to fit 16x9 aspect ratio.)

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.