NEW FTC HEAD NAMES TOP DEPUTIES

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June 5, 2001

By Ira Teinowitz

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Timothy Muris
WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) -- The new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission today announced his picks for top deputies.

Timothy Muris, who was sworn in Monday as the new head of the FTC, in a memo said he will name J. Howard Beals III as director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Mr. Beals, an economist and most recently a college professor, becomes the first non-lawyer to head the bureau. He was Mr. Muris' deputy when Mr. Muris served as the bureau's head in the 1980s. Mr. Beals has written papers justifying the market costs of regulation. He had also supported R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in its challenge of FTC's allegations that the marketer was appealing to children with its Joe Camel figure.

Mr. Muris has selected Joe Simons to be the director of the Bureau of Competition. Mr. Simons, a lawyer, had served as the bureau's associate director. Mr. Simons recently represented companies that had sued Microsoft Corp.

In other appointments, David Scheffman will return as director of the Bureau of Economics. Also Bill Kovacic, a law professor and oft-quoted commentator on the FTC, will become the agency's general counsel.

Copyright June 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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