Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has announced the appointment of Justin Cole as Director of the agency’s Office of Public Affairs.
“I am very pleased to welcome Justin to our leadership team,” Ramirez said. “His knowledge and extensive communications experience will help us to advance the public’s understanding of the important work we do to protect American consumers.”
Cole, who will join the agency on February 10, 2014, has 18 years of experience working in diverse communications-related and media roles. He most recently has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, providing strategic communications counsel to the Chairman and the agency’s senior leadership team. Cole previously worked as the U.S. corporate communications manager for Tata Communications, and as a deputy editor in Fitch Ratings’ EMEA Corporate Communications Group in London. As a journalist, Cole worked as a business and economics correspondent for the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency in Washington, D.C., after starting his reporting career at Dow Jones Newswires in London as an energy journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Comparative American Studies from the University of Warwick, U.K.
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