The director of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Competition Joseph Simons has quit to return to private practice. As reported on www. thelawyer.com/lawyernews (14 July), Simons, formerly a partner at Clifford Chance's Washington DC office, is to be replaced by deputy director Susan Creighton. Simons is due to leave the FTC on 1 August, although his destination is still unknown. Creighton was appointed as the deputy director of the bureau in August 2001. Before joining the FTC, she was a partner at Palo Alto-based firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, specialising in antitrust and intellectual property litigation. Creighton's duties will be assumed by Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson competition partner Barry Nigro, who is due to join the bureau as the new deputy director.