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FTC Chairman Appoints Willamette Law Alumnus to Deputy Director Post

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz recently appointed Charles Harwood JD'83 as deputy director in the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Harwood spent 20 years as director of the FTC's Northwest Regional Office in Seattle, where he led law enforcement and consumer education efforts, often in cooperation with state authorities, involving a wide range of antitrust and consumer protection issues.

In 2001 Harwood received the FTC Chairman's Award for his service to the agency and the public. In connection with the Northwest Regional Office's extensive work against telemarketing and cross-border fraud in cooperation with authorities in western Canada, the office earlier this year received a Unit Commendation from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Harwood joined the FTC in 1989 after six years as a counsel to the U.S. Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, including one year as the Packwood Law Fellow.

Harwood is also a member of the U.S. Department of Interior's Indian Arts and Crafts Board, a position he was appointed to in 2008 by former Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne.

"We are very fortunate to have these longtime public servants on our management team," Leibowitz said of Harwood and several other appointees. "Their experience, creativity and commitment will ensure the continued effectiveness of the commission's work on behalf of American consumers."