Joseph Simons, the most active director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition since the 1980s, announced his resignation, effective Aug. 1. Simons, 45, has headed the bureau since August 2001. FTC commissioners unanimously approved Susan Creighton, 44, the bureau's deputy director, to replace Simons. During his tenure, Simons initiated a "lookback" review of completed hospital mergers and aggressively pursued price-fixing cases against physicians. "Simons did an impressive job of revitalizing enforcement in healthcare," said former FTC attorney David Balto, now in private practice in Washington. Meanwhile, David Scheffman, 60, director of the FTC's Bureau of Economics, is expected to announce his resignation this week after two years in the post. He will be replaced by Luke Froeb, an assistant professor of management at Vanderbilt University who developed a software program used by the FTC and the Justice Department to model the effects of mergers. -- by Mark Taylor
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