The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today the appointment of John Cook, Jeffrey Dinwoodie, Raquel Fox, Kristina Littman, Alan Cohen, Christopher Carofine, and Shelby Begany Telle had been appointed to the staff of Chairman Jay Clayton.
Commenting on the appointment Clayton said:
I am pleased that we have assembled a dedicated, talented, and diverse group with such a wide range of experiences in the public and private sectors. With their help and the work of the dedicated staff of the Commission, I look forward to continuing the SEC’s strong tradition of interacting with all constituencies we serve effectively and efficiently as we strive to fulfill the SEC’s mission.
John Cook, Jeffrey Dinwoodie, Raquel Fox, and Kristina Littman were appointed Senior Advisors to the Chairman; Alan Cohen was appointed Senior Policy Advisor; while Christopher Carofine and Shelby Begany Telle were appointed Director of Communications and Confidential Assistant respectively.
Dalia Blass, who joined joining the agency from Ropes & Gray LLP, was named Director of the Division of Investment Management.
Chairman Clayton expressed his confidence in Blass and her team:
The investment management industry is constantly evolving, yet its integrity is vital to our markets and Main Street investors. I know Dalia and the dedicated team in the Investment Management Division recognize this and will continue to work every day to fulfill the SEC’s mission.
Dalia Bass commented on her new role:
The asset management industry is more important than ever to American investors and to our capital markets. I am humbled by the opportunity to lead the Division and to promote opportunities for capital formation and innovation that benefits investors.
The position of Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) went to Jeffrey Harris. The DERA was created in September 2009 to integrate financial economics and rigorous data analytics into the core mission and operations of the SEC.
Speaking of the DERA team, Harris said:
The team at DERA is one of the most well-respected and talented groups of economists in public service and it is an honor to join their ranks. I look forward to working with my new team, agency staff, and the Commissioners as we work to fulfill the SEC’s mission.
Clayton spoke of Harris’s suitability for the post and expressed his continuing confidence in the DERA:
Dr. Harris’s extensive research on securities and commodities issues and experience in government, academia, and the private sector make him a great fit to lead DERA’s team of dedicated economists. I am confident that DERA will continue to provide the SEC’s staff and the Commission with the valuable economic analysis, research, and support they need.