FILE PHOTO: Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joe Simons announces that Facebook Inc has agreed to a settlement of allegations it mishandled user privacy during a news conference at FTC Headquarters in Washington, U.S., July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Trade Commission, which works with the Justice Department to enforce antitrust law, will lose the head of the Bureau of Competition next month, Chairman Joe Simons said in a statement on Friday.
Bruce Hoffman, who has been on the job for more than two years, was behind creation of the Technology Enforcement Division, a small task force that monitors big platforms like Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook Inc and Amazon.com Inc, Simons said.
Hoffman’s deputy, Ian Conner, will succeed Hoffman, Simons said.
Hoffman is a veteran of two major law firms and spent four years as a trial attorney in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, according to his LinkedIn page.
Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Bill Berkrot