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Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons today announced that Marian Bruno, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Competition, is stepping down and will retire at the end of the year.

“Marian has been a core contributor to the FTC’s competition mission for many years. In addition to overseeing the Bureau’s enforcement of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and compliance with Commission orders, she has also provided integral management support and continuity in the Bureau’s front office. Her expertise and devotion to the FTC, and her service to American consumers, is unparalleled. She will be greatly missed by the agency and the antitrust bar,” Simons said.

Bruno was appointed Deputy Director of the Bureau in 2008 by then-Chairman William E. Kovacic. Since that time, Bruno has overseen the administrative functions of the Bureau of Competition as well as the Premerger Notification Office, the Office of Policy and Coordination, and the Compliance Division. Bruno joined the Commission in 1990 as an attorney in the Bureau’s Premerger Notification Office. She went on to work in the Healthcare Division before joining the Bureau Front Office as Assistant to the Director. In 1999, Bruno was promoted to Assistant Director of the Premerger Notification Office. In that role, she led an update of the Hart-Scott-Rodino rules in response to the significant statutory reforms passed in 2000 and led the Merger Process Reform Task Force in 2005. In 2007, Bruno was promoted to Associate Director of Management and Operations, and finally Deputy Director the following year.

Bruno won multiple awards during her time with the FTC. She earned the Chairman’s Award in 2017. She also received the Excellence in Supervision Award in 1999, the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Award in 2000, and the Outstanding Team Award in 2006, 2012, and 2014.

Director of the Bureau of Competition Bruce Hoffman said, “I have had the privilege to work closely with Marian both times that I have worked in the Bureau. There are few more competent antitrust attorneys or more devoted public servants than Marian. Her deep knowledge of the agency and tireless efforts on behalf of the Bureau have been crucial to the successes we have been able to achieve — and a tremendous benefit to me and prior Bureau Directors.”

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