This posting was written by John W. Arden.
In the wake of Joseph Wayland’s resignation last week, Renata B. Hesse has been appointed Acting Assistant General in charge of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division.
She is the third acting antitrust chief appointed since Christine Varney left the position of Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division on August 5, 2011. Sharis A. Pozen served as Acting Assistant Attorney General through April 2012, when Wayland took over. William J. Baer was nominated as antitrust chief in February 2012, but the nomination has been stalled.
Hesse has served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal and Civil Operations in the Antitrust Division since August 2012. Previously, she was a Special Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, chief of the Division’s Network & Technology Enforcement Section, and an attorney in its Merger Task Force and Transportation Energy & Agriculture Section. She received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005.
She served as Senior Counsel to the Chairman for Transactions at the Federal Communication Commission, where she oversaw the Commission’s investigation of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. Before joining the Commission, Hesse was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilson, Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wellesley College in 1986 and her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkley, in 1990.