Washington, D.C., Aug. 31, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Se…

Washington, D.C., Aug. 31, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox today announced the appointment of James A. Clarkson as Acting District Administrator of the SEC’s Fort Worth District Office. The office conducts examinations and enforcement activities in a four state area of the Southwest (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas).

Clarkson currently serves as the Director of Regional Office Operations in the Division of Enforcement. He will continue in that position and will split his time between Washington and Fort Worth until a permanent District Administrator is appointed.

Clarkson has previously served as an acting head of other Commission field offices during his tenure as Director of Regional Office Operations, including the SEC’s offices in New York and Philadelphia. Prior to his appointment to his present position, he was a counsel to two Commissioners and worked in different positions in the SEC’s Divisions of Corporation Finance and Enforcement.

Linda Thomsen, the SEC’s Director of Enforcement said, “I am very pleased that Jim has agreed to serve as the Acting District Administrator in our Fort Worth Office. He brings a wealth of leadership experience to this assignment which will be important during this time of transition for the Fort Worth Office.”

Lori Richards, the Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations stated, “Together with the examination staff in the Fort Worth Office, I know that Jim will maintain the SEC’s effective examination oversight of firms in the Southwest.”

Clarkson added, “I look forward to the opportunity to work with the outstanding staff in the Fort Worth Office and to help them continue to build upon the office’s tradition of excellence.”

Clarkson has been with the Commission for over 30 years and has received the SEC’s Distinguished Service Award, a Meritorious Executive Rank Award and, along with other members of the Enforcement Division, the Chairman’s Award for Excellence. He earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, an MBA from Columbia University and his law degree from the New York University School of Law.

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