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Simons brings new style to FTC chairman office

During the hour or so that reporters recently blitzed new Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons with questions covering a range of antitrust and consumer protection issues, it was hard not to sense a sea change at the agency.

Simons — whose informality extended to not wearing a tie — appeared comfortable with the back and forth on June 20, acknowledging when he didn’t know something and seemingly all ears.

Sure, it’s easy, right out of the gate, to be accessible and willing to engage freely...

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