On June 17, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced that FTC Chair Edith Ramirez has appointed Jessica Rich as Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. Rich has served in several leadership roles in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection during her 20-year tenure with the agency. Most recently, she served as Associate Director of the Division of Financial Practices.
Since the 1990s, Rich has been deeply involved in setting the Commission’s tone when it comes to privacy issues. Her appointment may signal a continuation of the Consumer Protection Bureau’s approach under former Director David Vladeck.
Rich’s appointment was one of seven senior leadership appointments announced by Chairwoman Ramirez.