Thomas Pahl has been named acting director of the Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of consumer protection. The appointment by FTC acting chair Maureen Ohlhausen brings Pahl back to the agency, where he has served in several roles starting in 1990, including previous stints in the bureau of consumer protection as assistant director in the division of advertising practices and the division of financial practices. He also has advised top agency officials on consumer protection matters.
Most recently, Pahl worked on consumer financial protection issues—focusing on credit reporting and debt collection—as a partner at Washington, D.C., law firm Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. He also has served on debt collection issues as managing counsel for the CFPB during the Obama administration.
“Tom’s career demonstrates his continuing commitment to protecting consumers through active enforcement and advocacy that promotes a free and honest marketplace,” Ohlhausen said. “His thoughtful approach will help ensure consumers benefit from thriving competition and innovation.”
Pahl replaces Jessica Rich as director of the FTC’s bureau of consumer protection. Rich, who was appointed to the role in 2013, had served with the FTC for more than 25 years.
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