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The Federal Trade Commission announced that Maribeth Petrizzi, Assistant Director for Compliance in the Bureau of Competition and a former Section Chief at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, has received the Fiscal Year 2019 Presidential Rank Award.

“Maribeth has been instrumental in the federal government’s work to foster a competitive U.S. economy through enforcement of the antitrust laws,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons. “Her tireless work at the Department of Justice and now at the FTC has helped ensure that American consumers reap the benefits of a free and open marketplace.”

Ms. Petrizzi joined the FTC in August 2019 after serving in the DOJ Antitrust Division for more than two decades. During her time at the Division, Ms. Petrizzi promoted collaboration and exhibited the highest levels of leadership. As head of the Division’s Defense, Industrials, and Aerospace Section (DIA Section) for 16 years, Ms. Petrizzi was responsible for enforcement across key sectors of the U.S. economy, including the defense, avionics and aeronautics, banking, industrial equipment, road and highway construction, metals and mining, and waste industries. During the past 10 years alone, she oversaw 27 defense-industry investigations. While at the Antitrust Division, Ms. Petrizzi also worked closely with other federal agencies to review banking mergers, including numerous mergers of failing banks during the 2008 financial crisis. In addition, she has been a leader in promoting international cooperation with counterparts at competition agencies around the world, and she twice received the Attorney General’s Award for Equal Employment Opportunity for her efforts regarding diversity and inclusion initiatives.

The Presidential Rank Award is among the highest honors awarded to a select group of the Senior Executive Service, who serve in key positions between top presidential appointees and the rest of the federal workforce. Each year, the President presents the award to those who have distinguished themselves by achieving a sustained record of exceptional results and consistently demonstrating strength, integrity, industry, and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service.

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