Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras has appointed Charles H. Schneider, currently Deputy Administrator at the National Gallery of Art, to serve as the Commission’s Executive Director effective June 27. Judith Bailey, who has served as Acting Executive Director since January 2005, will resume her duties as Deputy Executive Director.
“Chuck brings a wealth of insight to the Commission in a number of key administrative areas, including facilities management, human resources, security, and information technology, and I look forward to working with him,” said Chairman Majoras. “I am grateful to Judy for her leadership as Acting Executive Director, particularly for her help with our assessment of internal security measures and with effective management of our vital resources.”
In his position at the National Gallery of Art, Schneider is responsible for the management, policy development, and day-to-day operations of all administrative functions. He supervises a wide variety of offices, including those that provide facilities maintenance, engineering, security, human resources, equal employment opportunity services, food service, records management, mail services, transportation, and telecommunications. During his tenure, he coordinated the development and approval of the first long-range master facilities plan in the Gallery’s history, led the project team responsible for the construction of the Gallery’s $13 million Sculpture Garden, and played a key role in developing a budget for seven major information technology systems upgrades.
Prior to joining the National Gallery, Schneider served as Chief of Project and Construction Management at the Smithsonian Institution and was a member of the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He holds a master of science in civil engineering from Purdue University and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University.
Bailey has served as the FTC’s Deputy Executive Director since 1998. Prior to joining the FTC, she worked at two law firms and was appointed by Chairman Peter Rodino, Jr., as counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Monopolies and Commercial Law. Bailey also served as counsel at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, focusing on professional liability matters. Bailey worked at the FTC from 1990 to 1991 as a staff attorney and returned in 1996 as an Assistant Director in the Bureau of Competition.
The Office of the Executive Director has central responsibility for the managerial and administrative operations for the Commission’s headquarters and regional offices. The office is directly responsible for managing the human resources, information and technology, financial services, administrative services, and legal document processing and records retention activities for the agency.