Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2008 (LAWFUEL) – Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox today announced the appointment of James A. Clarkson as Acting Regional Director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office. That office is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of enforcement actions and the performance of compliance inspections in the region.
Mr. Clarkson currently serves as the Director of Regional Office Operations in the Division of Enforcement at the SEC’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. He will continue in that position and split his time between Washington and New York until a permanent Regional Director is appointed.
Mr. Clarkson has previously served as an acting head of a number of the Commission’s field offices during his tenure as Director of Regional Office Operations, including the SEC offices in New York, Fort Worth, and Philadelphia. Prior to his appointment to his present position, Mr. Clarkson was a legal counsel to two Commissioners and has also worked in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and in different management positions in the Commission’s Division of Enforcement.
Linda Chatman Thomsen, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, said, “I am very pleased that Jim has agreed to serve as the Acting Regional Director in our New York Office. He brings a wealth of leadership experience to this assignment, which will be important during this time of transition for the New York Office.”
Lori Richards, Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, said, “Together with the excellent examination staff in the New York Office, I know that Jim will maintain the SEC’s effective examination oversight of firms located in that part of the country.”
Mr. Clarkson added, “I look forward to the opportunity to again work with the outstanding staff in the New York Regional Office and help them continue to build upon the office’s tradition of excellence.”
Mr. Clarkson has worked at the SEC for more than 30 years and has received the SEC’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor the Commission bestows on members of its staff. He also received a Meritorious Executive Rank Award and, along with other members of the Enforcement Division, the Chairman’s Award for Excellence. Mr. Clarkson earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, an MBA from Columbia University, and his law degree from the New York University School of Law.