Richard Parker, director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, late last month announced his resignation.
Parker, who joined the FTC in February 1998 from the Washington law firm of O'Melveny & Myers, will return to private practice. Parker's resignation becomes effective this month
FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky said Molly Boast, Parker's deputy director, will replace him.
Parker presided over the America Online-Time Warner merger and most recently in healthcare over the multistate, $100 million antitrust suit against Mylan Laboratories, Pittsburgh. Parker, 52, succeeded William Baer, the longest-serving director of the bureau, in July 1999.
Although Parker enjoyed success in some large drug cases, the FTC has lost most challenges to hospital merger cases.