I am pleased to announce that Ben Gris has been promoted to Assistant Director of the Mergers II Division. Ben joined Mergers II in 2006 from private practice, and became a Deputy Assistant Director of the shop in 2011. His work has spanned the breadth of industries handled by Mergers II, from playing a leading role on the administrative trial team in Polypore to supervising a number of high-tech merger investigations that led to complaints or settlements, such as Honeywell/Intermec and IDT/PLX. Ben frequently collaborates with competition authorities around the world, participating on joint task forces, providing technical assistance, and evaluating the likelihood of anticompetitive effects in particular transactions, as he did while leading investigations of two simultaneous multi-billion dollar mergers in the hard disk drive industry – Western Digital/HGST and Seagate/Samsung. A graduate of Yeshiva University and Georgetown University Law Center, Ben is the recipient of the Commission’s Paul Rand Dixon Award and the Janet D. Steiger Team Award.
Please join me in congratulating Ben on his new position. James Rhilinger, who became a Deputy Assistant Director of Mergers II last year, will continue to work with Ben. And with Ben’s promotion, we will be looking for a second DAD for Mergers II.