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SEC Veteran Rosalind Tyson Tapped to Lead Los Angeles Region


Washington, D.C., May 29, 2008 — Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox today announced the appointment of Rosalind Tyson as Regional Director of the Commission's Los Angeles Regional Office. As Regional Director she will oversee the office's enforcement and examination functions in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii. Ms. Tyson has been Acting Regional Director of the office since the departure of Randall Lee last year.

Since 1993, Ms. Tyson has served as Associate Regional Director for Examinations in the Los Angeles Regional Office. In that position she oversaw the office's examination program, which conducts inspections of broker-dealers, investment advisers, mutual funds, and transfer agents, as well as its bankruptcy program. Ms. Tyson is a veteran of the Commission staff; she joined the Los Angeles Regional Office in 1982 as an enforcement lawyer after several years of private practice. Since that time she has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the Los Angeles office.

Chairman Cox said, "Roz is a consummate professional whose over 25 years of experience with the SEC makes her exceptionally well-qualified to take on this responsibility. Her steadfast commitment to our nation's investors is unparalleled. Her knowledge not only of the Commission's enforcement program, but also our examination program for broker-dealers, investment advisers, and mutual funds, will be an important asset to both the Los Angeles office staff and the investing public."

Lori Richards, Director of the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, said, "It has been my pleasure to work with Roz for many years. She is a wonderful leader and an experienced regulator. She has unparalleled knowledge of the securities industry and is a dedicated advocate for investors. I'm delighted that she will lead the Los Angeles Office."

Linda Chatman Thomsen, Director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement, added, "For years, Roz has demonstrated her excellent judgment and strong management skills. Those attributes, combined with her wealth of SEC experience, make her an ideal choice to lead the Los Angeles office."

Ms. Tyson said, "It will be a privilege to serve as Regional Director for the Los Angeles Regional Office's team of superbly talented professionals. The Commission is deeply committed to effective investor protection, and I greatly appreciate the trust the agency has placed in me. I intend to emphasize swift and vigorous enforcement of the securities laws and to reinforce our cooperative working relationships with our fellow regulators at the federal, state and local levels.

Ms. Tyson graduated from Georgetown University's School of Languages and Linguistics in 1970, received her Master's degree in 1972 from the University of Hawaii, and received her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1978.



Modified: 05/29/2008