On April 10, 2013 Mary Jo White was sworn in as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Ms. White was nominated by President Obama on February 7, 2008 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 8, 2013.
Chairman White is the first former prosecutor to lead the SEC. Chairman White served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1993 to 2002 where she specialized in prosecuting complex securities and financial institution frauds and international terrorism cases. She is the only woman to ever have held that position.
As set forth on the SEC website, ” Prior to becoming the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Chairman White served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney and later Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1990 to 1993. She previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1978 to 1981 and became Chief Appellate Attorney of the Criminal Division. After leaving her U.S. Attorney post, Chairman White became chair of the litigation department at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, where she led a team of more than 200 lawyers. Chairman White previously was a litigation partner at the firm from 1983 to 1990 and worked as an associate from 1976 to 1978.”