It was the end of an era at the February 20 meeting of USCIB’s Competition Committee in Washington, D.C., as longtime Chair Michael Blechman (Kaye Scholer) and Vice Chair Jim Rill (Baker Botts), stepped down and passed the baton to new Chair John Taladay (Baker Botts) and Vice Chair Jennifer Patterson (Kaye Scholer).
Blechman and Rill, who have been esteemed and productive leaders of the committee for 20 years, said it has been a great pleasure to work together. Rob Mulligan, USCIB’s senior vice president for policy and government affairs, marked the leadership transition by recognizing Blechman and Rill’s contributions and welcoming Taladay and Patterson. USCIB looks forward to working with the new Competition Committee leadership and to continuing the committee’s high-quality work.
Taladay is currently the vice chair of the Competition Committee at BIAC, the Business and Industry Advisory Council to the OECD, a lead drafter on consultations and responses to the OECD’s Competition Committee, and a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network.
Patterson co-chairs the International Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force on Due Process, and also serves as a non-governmental advisor at the International Competition Network. Taladay and Patterson will work with all members to ensure that USCIB’s Competition Committee remains an active and engaged forum for dialogue, puts forth strong messaging on important antitrust issues and coordinates with USCIB’s partner organizations.
The committee was also honored to host Chairwoman Edith Ramirez of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for remarks over lunch regarding the global policy direction of the FTC’s antitrust activities and her recent meetings with officials from China’s antitrust agencies.
Staff contact: Justine Badimon