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President Bush has made it official, naming Timothy Muris to replace Robert Pitofsky as Federal Trade Commission chairman. Mr. Muris, a Republican, has disagreed with the Pitofsky-era commission on some antitrust issues.

The appointment had been expected (Advertising Age, March 5). For Mr. Muris, 51, a law professor at George Mason University, it would be a third return to the FTC. He was a lawyer in the FTC's Bureau of Policy Planning in 1975 and 1976, and returned to head successively the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection (which handles advertising) and then the Bureau of Competition (which handles antitrust) in the early 1980s under the Reagan administration.

Mr. Muris also served in the Office of Management and Budget during the administration of President Bush's father and was an economics adviser to the Bush camp during the recent presidential campaign. -- Ira Teinowitz

Copyright March 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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