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Mary Jo White, chair of the SEC

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Mary Jo White sworn in as chair of SEC

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Mary Jo White has been sworn in as the 31st chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

 
White (pictured) 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 7 February 2013 and confirmed by the US Senate on 8 April.
 
"It is an honour to lead the talented and dedicated SEC staff on behalf of America’s investors and markets," says 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."
 
White specialised in prosecuting complex securities and financial institution frauds and international terrorism cases when she served as the US 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. She is the only woman to hold the top position in the 200-year-plus history of that office.
 
Prior to becoming the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, White served as the First Assistant US Attorney and later Acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1990 to 1993. She previously served as an Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1978 to 1981 and became Chief Appellate Attorney of the Criminal Division.
 
After leaving her US Attorney post, White became chair of the litigation department at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, where she led a team of more than 200 lawyers. White previously was a litigation partner at the firm from 1983 to 1990 and worked as an associate from 1976 to 1978.
 

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