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James McNamara Named as Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer in the Office of Human Resources


Washington D.C., July 2, 2014 —

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that James McNamara has been selected as the deputy chief human capital officer in its Office of Human Resources.

Mr. McNamara, currently the managing executive for the Division of Trading and Markets, will begin his new position on July 14.  In his new role, he will help to manage programs and policies in areas such as leadership and employee development, recruitment and retention, performance management, compensation and benefits, and labor relations. 

“The SEC promotes a results-oriented workforce committed to the highest standards of expertise and excellence,” said SEC Office of Human Resources’ Chief Human Capital Officer Lacey Dingman.  “Jamey brings a breadth of experience that will greatly assist in our continuous efforts to recruit, develop, and retain an effective and diversified workforce for the SEC.”

As the first managing executive in the Division of Trading and Markets, Mr. McNamara oversaw administrative and operational support and advised senior leadership on human capital strategy, information technology, risk management, and process improvement initiatives.  In the past two years, he played a key role in implementing organizational changes to enhance operations and assist the division’s efforts on Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act rulemaking and other requirements.  He co-chaired the division’s labor-management forum and has served as a member of numerous agency level committees and governance bodies including the national Labor Management Forum, the Human Capital Advisory Council, and the Budget Governance Committee. 

Mr. McNamara’s prior roles at the SEC include assistant director for planning and budget, budget officer, and branch chief for budget formulation and performance management, all in the Office of Financial Management.  He worked in the Division of Trading and Markets from 2003 to 2005 as branch chief for administration.  In the private sector, he was a human resources consultant and later vice president at Willmott & Associates, a search firm specializing in recruitment of human resources professionals. 

Mr. McNamara began his federal service at the U.S. Department of Justice where he worked for 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility in human resources management and budget formulation.  He received his bachelor's degree from Brown University.


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