On February 28, 2013, a White House official confirmed that President Obama will nominate Edith Ramirez as Chair of the Federal Trade Commission. Ramirez, who has served as an FTC Commissioner since April 2010, will replace outgoing Chairman Jon Leibowitz, who announced his departure earlier this month.

Prior to being nominated to the FTC in 2010, Ramirez worked as an attorney in private practice, focusing on litigation and antitrust issues. Ramirez has been an active participant in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Data Privacy Subgroup and the development of the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules system.

Ramirez’s appointment, which is subject to Senate approval, will open a Commissioner spot on the FTC. It is unclear at this time who President Obama may nominate to fill her former position.