The chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to resign her post next month to take a senior position at Procter & Gamble, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
Deborah Platt Majoras, the chairwoman, is the latest in a series of Bush administration officials to leave in the last year of the president's second term.
Before joining the commission, Majoras was a senior official in the antitrust division of the Justice Department, where she played an important role in the antitrust case against Microsoft.
William E. Kovacic, a member of the commission since January 2006, is the leading candidate to succeed Majoras, the report quoted the people familiar with the matter as saying.
Under Majoras, the FTC has focused most intently on privacy and data security, especially as they relate to the Internet.
The commission, like the Justice Department, has pursued relatively few antitrust cases, drawing some criticism from Democratic lawmakers and consumer advocates, said the report.