Chuck Harwood Promoted to Acting Head of FTC Consumer Protection Bureau


From FTC Release:

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz announced that David C. Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, is leaving the agency on December 31 to return to a faculty position at Georgetown University Law Center, and that Charles A. Harwood, who has been a Deputy Director in the Bureau for the past three years, will serve as Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

“David has been an extraordinarily effective advocate for American consumers.  Under his leadership, the Bureau of Consumer Protection has worked tirelessly to respond to, and to anticipate, the risks consumers face in a rapidly changing marketplace,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said.  “We are very fortunate that Chuck Harwood will serve as Acting Director.  Chuck’s experience, insight, and leadership will ensure continued excellence in the Bureau going forward.”

. . .  Charles A. Harwood, who has served as a Deputy Director in the Bureau since November 2009, previously spent 20 years as Director of the FTC’s Northwest Regional Office in Seattle, where he led law enforcement and consumer education efforts, often in cooperation with state authorities, involving a wide range of antitrust and consumer protection issues.  In 2001, Harwood received the FTC Chairman’s Award for his service to the agency and the public.  Harwood joined the FTC in 1989 after six years as a counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, including one year as the Packwood Law Fellow.  Harwood is also a member of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board, a position he was recently reappointed to by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.  He is a graduate of Willamette University College of Law and Whitman College.

Chuck was part of the U.S. delegation to the 17th U.S.-China Legal Exchange this September (pictured above in the center with other U.S. participants).  I am confident his tenure as Director will be as exemplary as the rest of his career.


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