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Peter Uhlmann to Step Down as SEC Chief of Staff


Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2009 — Peter M. Uhlmann, Chief of Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission, today announced that he will step down from his current position.

Mr. Uhlmann, who joined the Chairman's office in 2005, is one of the longest-serving Chiefs of Staff in the agency's 75-year history. As Chief of Staff, he has been centrally involved with the development and execution of the Commission's programs for promoting capital formation, healthy markets, and investor protection. In this capacity, he has served as a principal liaison to Commissioners and senior agency staff, and has been responsible for implementing initiatives to improve the organization and administration of the Commission. He has also been responsible for oversight of the agency's intergovernmental, legislative, and public affairs programs, and assisting the Chairman in managing the Commission's staff and budget.

"Peter has been a steady hand at the Commission during these challenging times," said SEC Chairman Christopher Cox. "His strong and capable management of the agency's day-to-day affairs was reinforced by his integrity, professionalism, and good humor. The nation's investors and markets are fortunate to have had the benefit of his wisdom and good judgment."

Mr. Uhlmann said, "I am grateful to Chairman Cox and the other Commissioners for the opportunity to work for the SEC over the past three-and-a-half years. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with a staff that is so talented and so dedicated to a critical mission — protecting investors and sustaining confidence in the markets."

Mr. Uhlmann will remain with the Commission for a period of time to help assure continuity of SEC operations.

Before joining the SEC in 2005, Mr. Uhlmann spent more than 13 years as a chief of staff, legislative director, public policy expert, and public affairs strategist in the U.S. Congress. He was involved in the drafting and congressional consideration of numerous laws, including the National Securities Markets Improvement Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Telecommunications Act, Internet Tax Freedom Act, and Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act.

Mr. Uhlmann, 39, graduated with honors from Yale University in 1991, where he earned a double major B.A. in Political Science and in Classical Civilization.

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Modified: 01/19/2009