Justin Cole, press secretary to Federal Communications Commission chief Tom Wheeler, is moving to the Federal Trade Commission on Feb. 10 as director of its public affairs unit.

justin coleCole has a blend of government, corporate and journalism experience during his 18-year career.

Peter Kaplan, a former Reuters reporter who joined the FTC in 2008, has been acting director of the PA operation at the FTC. 

Prior to the FCC, he worked as U.S. corporate communications manager for Tata Communications and was deputy editor at Fitch Rating’s EMEA corporate PR group in London.

Cole covered the business and economics beats for Agence France-Press in D.C. after beginning his reporting career in London for Dow Jones Newswires.

FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez is certain that Cole’s background will help “advance the public’s understanding of the important work we do to protect American consumers.”