The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced the following appointments:
- Kathryn A. Pyszka has been named an Associate Regional Director for Enforcement in the SEC’s Chicago Office;
- Kelly L. Gibson has been named the Associate Regional Director for Enforcement in the SEC’s Philadelphia Office; and
- Robert Evans III has been named Deputy Director in the agency’s Division of Corporation Finance.
Kathryn A. Pyszka
Ms. Pyszka succeeds Timothy L. Warren, who retired from the SEC in January. In her new role, Ms. Pyszka will co-lead the Chicago Office’s Enforcement program with Robert Burson, who serves as the office’s other Associate Regional Director for Enforcement.
“Kay’s significant experience and keen intellect and judgment position her perfectly to join the leadership of the SEC’s Chicago enforcement team,” said Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. “We look forward to continued success from the Chicago enforcement team under Kay’s leadership.”
David Glockner, Regional Director of the SEC’s Chicago Office, added, “Kay has an outstanding track record as a vigorous but fair enforcer of the federal securities laws and will bring extraordinary judgment and knowledge to her new role as a leader of the Chicago office’s talented enforcement staff.”
Kelly L. Gibson
Kelly Gibson, the newly named Associate Regional Director for Enforcement in the SEC’s Philadelphia Office, joined the SEC as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division in 2008. When the Division was reorganized in 2010, she joined the Market Abuse Unit. In 2013, she was promoted to Assistant Regional Director.
Ms. Gibson has investigated or supervised a number of significant matters within the Enforcement Division, including those that resulted in the SEC’s charges against:
- Dozens of defendantsfor taking part in an international scheme to profit from stolen nonpublic information about corporate earnings announcements;
- A Pakistani trader, a Bulgarian trader, and a Virginia-based mechanical engineerwho each sought to manipulate stocks through false regulatory filings;
- An investment advisory firmthat failed to property prepare clients for additional transaction costs beyond “wrap fees” paid to cover the cost of several bundled services;
- BP p.l.c.for fraudulent misrepresentations and omissions in its SEC filings relating to the amount of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent leak; andAn investment banker and his father who engaged in a $1.1 million serial insider trading scheme.
“Kelly is known for her tenacious and unwavering commitment to the SEC’s mission,” said Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. “She is highly respected by her peers for her insight and intelligence and will be a fantastic addition to our senior leadership team in Philadelphia.”
Robert Evans III
Robert Evans worked at Shearman & Sterling LLP as a partner in the firm’s capital markets practice. Mr. Evans has experience advising on public and private offerings, securities law compliance, and corporate governance.
“For over 20 years, Rob has been a leading voice on a wide range of issues relating to how investors and companies interact in the public and private markets, and we are excited to have him join the team here at the SEC,” said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. “The Division of Corporation Finance will benefit greatly from Rob’s extensive experience and his commitment to advancing the SEC’s mission.”