On March 31, 2008, William E. Kovacic assumed the role of Chairman at the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Kovacic had served as a Commissioner since January 2006 before his nomination by President Bush and eventual confirmation by the Senate.
Before joining the FTC, Mr. Kovacic was the E.K Gubin Professor of Government Contracts Law at The George Washington University Law School since 1999. Between 2001 and 2004, Mr. Kovacic was the General Counsel to the FTC. However, his work with the FTC had begun in 1979 at the Bureau of Competition’s Planning Office. Four years later, Mr. Kovacic joined the law firm of Brian Cave working at its Washington, DC office in the firm’s antitrust and government contracts department, before joining the faculty of George Mason University School of Law in 1986. Since 1992, Mr. Kovacic has served as an adviser on antitrust and consumer protection issues to over 15 foreign governments.