Deborah Platt Majoras Exiting Federal Trade Commission

Chairman of FTC Since August 2004 to Join Procter & Gamble

Federal Trade Commission chairman Deborah Platt Majoras will step down next month, the agency said Thursday.

Majoras, who has been chairman since August 2004, wil join Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati as VP and general counsel. She will be prevented from lobbying or practicing before the FTC for one year..

P&G is one of the companies she pushed to self-regulate food marketing practices in an effort to help combat the childhood-obesity issue.

Late last year, Majoras took heat from media activists after she said she would not recuse herself from reviewing the Google-DoubleClick merger.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy had asked her to excuse herself from reviewing Google's $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick, saying there was a conflict of interest because her husband was a partner in law firm Jones Day, and that firm's Web site said the company was retained to advise DoubleClick in the merger.