On Monday, Mary Jo White announced her resignation as the Securities and Exchange (“SEC”) chair at the conclusion of President Obama’s term. White has been the SEC chair for nearly the past four years, helping the agency strengthen investor protections and markets through addressing issues caused by the 2008 financial crisis.
In addition, White has guided the SEC in taking a new enforcement approach, resulting in increased accountability and actions by utilizing admissions of wrongdoing and improved data analytics and technology.
Prior to joining the SEC, she was a partner with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York. Before entering private practice, she was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1993 to 2002.