By Brendan Sasso - 11/19/12 01:44 PM EST
She then returned to the Justice Department as a deputy assistant attorney general, leading the department's efforts on intellectual property issues.
“Renata is a veteran antitrust lawyer who will lead the Antitrust Division during this time of transition on its mission to vigorously and effectively enforce the antitrust laws and protect American consumers from anticompetitive behavior,” Holder said in a statement.
President Obama has chosen William Baer to head the division, but the Senate has yet to vote on the nomination. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send Baer's nomination to the floor in September. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the panel's ranking member, said he opposed Baer but couldn't state his reasons publicly.
Hesse received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.