Jonathan Sokobin Named Deputy Chief Economist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2002-138

Washington, D.C., September 19, 2002 -- Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey L. Pitt today announced the selection of Jonathan Sokobin as Deputy Chief Economist of the Office of Economic Analysis.

"Jonathan has provided the Commission with sound advice and insight about economic consequences on a wide variety of issues," Pitt said. "His leadership in the Office of Economic Analysis will help ensure that the Commission's actions are grounded in good economic judgment."

"Jonathan is a well-respected economist and a provocative thinker. I look forward to continuing to work with him on the important issues facing the Commission," said SEC Commissioner Cynthia Glassman.

As deputy, Sokobin will serve as a senior official in the Office of Economic Analysis and will assist in planning and directing efforts to provide economic analysis in support of the Commission's mission. Sokobin, 40, joined the Commission's staff in 1998 as an academic fellow. In 2000, Sokobin came to the Office of Economic Analysis on a permanent basis and served as the senior economist for corporate and accounting issues.

"I am very pleased that Jonathan will be taking on this new responsibility," said SEC Chief Economist Lawrence E. Harris. "Jonathan and I look forward to developing the capacity of the Office of Economic Analysis to provide the Commission with consistently high quality economic analysis."

Before coming to the Commission, Sokobin was a faculty member at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He received his A.B. from the Ohio State University and his M.B.A. and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Chicago.

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