The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that White House attorney Anne Small has been named the agency's next general counsel, the first woman to serve in that role.
Since October 2011, Small has served as both special assistant and associate counsel to President Barack Obama. She also previously worked as the deputy general counsel for litigation and adjudication at the SEC. Geoffrey Aronow, who became SEC general counsel in January, will now serve as senior counsel to Chairman Mary Jo White.
In private practice, Small was a litigation partner in Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr's New York office. She is the latest in a long string of Wilmer alums to land a high-profile job at the SEC. Mark Cahn, who was general counsel from 2011 until the end of 2012, had been a partner at Wilmer.
Commissioner Daniel Gallagher was also previously a partner at the firm, as was enforcement division chief counsel Joseph Brenner. And Meredith Cross, who recently rejoined Wilmer, headed the Division of Corporation Finance.
"I’m delighted that Annie will be returning the agency at a time when our rule writing is in full swing and our enforcement program continues to pursue cases involving some of the most complex transactions," White said in a news release. "The commission will benefit from her experience, judgment, and tremendous talent."
Jenna Greene contributed to this report.