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Procter & Gamble executive, Westminster alumna to serve as Analyst Program speaker

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Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Westminster College Analyst Program’s Summer Speaker Series will feature Deborah Platt Majoras ’85, the recently-retired chief legal officer for Procter & Gamble (P&G) and former chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in a remote event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19.

Majoras, a current member and past chair of the Westminster College Board of Trustees, will discuss navigating executive management and governance challenges driven by short-term disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic. She will also speak about long-term trends, such as the growing emphasis on environmental, social and governance factors.

Majoras, who joined P&G in 2008 following four years with the FTC, retired June 30 as P&G’s chief legal officer. During her tenure, she oversaw a legal department that includes more than 500 lawyers and other legal professionals around the globe and is responsible for the broad scope of legal, government relations and brand protection functions for all of P&G and its 99,000 employees.

As chairman of the FTC—appointed in 2004 by U.S. President George W. Bush—Majoras focused on ensuring data security and protecting consumers from emerging digital frauds and served as co-chair of the President’s Identity Theft Task Force. She also worked to implement sound antitrust policy regarding intellectual property, increase the efficiency and transparency of the merger review process, and strengthen cooperation among antitrust agencies around the world. For her work at the FTC, Majoras received several honors, including security solutions provider RSA’s 2007 Award for Excellence in the Field of Public Policy and the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ 2007 Privacy Leadership Award.

Prior to the FTC, she served as principal deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. Majoras’ career as an attorney began with a judicial clerkship with the Hon. Stanley S. Harris in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Following that, in 1991, she joined the international law firm, Jones Day, becoming a partner in 1999.

A 1985 summa cum laude graduate of Westminster College, Majoras earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1989.

The Summer Speaker Series event is co-sponsored by the Westminster’s Analyst Program and Rutgers University’s MBS Externship Exchange as part of a joint summer experiential learning program.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held via Zoom. To obtain a link to participate, please register by Monday, July 18, here.