Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras announced on November 14 that Mary Beth Richards will join the agency as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. Richards comes to the FTC from the Federal Communications Commission, where she served as Deputy Bureau Chief and Chief of Staff in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.
During her 23 years at the FCC, Richards served as Deputy Chief in the Enforcement Bureau, Special Counsel to the Chairman, Deputy Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau, Chief of the Enforcement Division of the Common Carrier Bureau, Deputy Managing Director of the FCC, and Special Counsel to the Commission for Reinventing Government. In many of these positions, she worked with FTC staff on a variety of consumer protection issues.
Richards received numerous honors for her outstanding service, including the FCC’s Award for Distinguished Service (Gold Medal) and its Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service. She was named as a Presidential Meritorious Executive in 1995.