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FTC NAMES CHRISTIAN WHITE ACTING CONSUMER PROTECTION CHIEF, the Federal Trade Commission reported March 31. Currently assistant general counsel of the commission, White will become acting director of FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection effective April 30, when present Consumer Protection Bureau Director Barry Cutler departs for private law practice. A more than 20-year veteran of the commission, White, 47, joined FTC in 1971 as attorney advisor to then-Commissioner Mary Gardiner Jones. White later served as executive assistant to former FTC Chairman Michael Pertschuck from 1977 to 1979, a period that has been called FTC's most active in decades. White then became FTC executive director, a post he held until 1982, when he assumed the assistant general counsel position. White also has been FTC deputy assistant director for marketing practices and assistant director for special statutes. Director of the consumer protection bureau since February 1990, Cutler will leave FTC for the Washington, D.C. offices of San Francisco-based law firm McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen. He will work in the firm's antitrust and trade regulation practice group. Cutler first came to FTC in 1974 as deputy assistant director of the consumer protection bureau. Cutler served as assistant general counsel from 1976 to 1978, when he left FTC to become an assistant U.S. attorney in Connecticut. He did not rejoin the commission until 1990.

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