Mary Jo White was sworn in yesterday as the 31st Chair of the SEC. Chairman White comes to the SEC with decades of experience as a federal prosecutor and securities lawyer. She was nominated to be SEC Chair by President Barack Obama on Feb. 7, 2013, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 8.
"It is an honor to lead the talented and dedicated SEC staff on behalf of America's investors and markets," said Chairman White. "Our markets are the envy of the world precisely because of the SEC's work effectively regulating the markets, requiring comprehensive disclosure, and vigorously enforcing the securities laws."
Chairman White was most recently the chair of the litigation department at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, where she led a team of more than 200 lawyers. Prior to that, she specialized in prosecuting complex securities and financial institution frauds and international terrorism cases when she served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1993 to 2002. Under her leadership, the office earned convictions against the terrorists responsible for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the bombings of American embassies in Africa.