FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 2011 – Luis A. Aguilar was sworn in today to begin his second term as a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Commissioner Aguilar began his first term as a SEC Commissioner on July 31, 2008. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to a new term on Oct. 24, 2011. To commemorate the start of his second term, a ceremony with agency staff took place this morning at the SEC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The event was officiated by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey.
In addition to serving as the primary sponsor of the first SEC Investor Advisory Committee, Commissioner Aguilar serves as the Commission’s liaison to the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) and the Council of Securities Regulators of the Americas (COSRA).
“Throughout his time at the agency, Luis Aguilar has sought to protect investors and ensure the markets are fair and efficient,” said SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro. “I look forward to continuing to work with him as we further bolster the structure of our markets and put in place the new rules stemming from the financial reform legislation.”
Commissioner Aguilar said, “To be able to serve as an SEC Commissioner during these turbulent times is a privilege and responsibility that I take quite seriously. In my second term, I will continue to advocate on behalf of investors.”
Commissioner Aguilar began his legal career as a staff attorney in the SEC’s Atlanta Regional Office during his previous tenure at the SEC from April 1979 to January 1982. Prior to his appointment as a Commissioner in 2008, Aguilar worked as a partner in the Atlanta office of international law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP as well as the general counsel, executive vice president, and corporate secretary of INVESCO.
Commissioner Aguilar has also had a distinguished, longstanding commitment to community service. In 2007, he received the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service from the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism of the Supreme Court of Georgia in recognition for his service over the decades.
Commissioner Aguilar received his B.S. from Georgia Southern University in 1976 and his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1979. He also received a master of laws degree in taxation from Emory University in 1985.
Commissioner Aguilar’s new term expires on June 5, 2015.
For more information about Commissioner Aguilar, read his biography on the SEC’s website.
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