Longtime Securities & Exchange Commission lawyer Gerald Hodgkins has been named an associate director in the Division of Enforcement.
In the position, he'll assist in planning and directing the agency's enforcement efforts.
Hodkins, 44, joined the SEC in 1997. He was promoted to branch chief in 1999 and became an assistant director in 2007.
He's overseen cases involving public company accounting and disclosure, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, broker-dealer regulation, options backdating and insider trading.
“Jerry is smart, experienced, highly respected and committed to investor protection," said Robert Khuzami, director of the Division of Enforcement in a statement. "These qualities will serve him well in his new and important role in the Enforcement Division."
Hodgkins fills the associate director position previously held by Fredric Firestone, who left the agency in February to become a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery.