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Commission Statement on Passing of Former SEC Chairman Harold M. Williams

Chairman Jay Clayton
Commissioner Kara M. Stein
Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar

Aug. 7, 2017

Harold Williams, SEC Chairman from 1977 to 1981, was a remarkable person and leader whose legacy continues to provide a model for effective regulatory oversight.  Under Harold’s thoughtful and principled leadership, the SEC focused a spotlight on corporate accountability, made it easier for companies to participate in our markets, and laid the foundation of modern mutual fund regulation that encouraged innovation, increased investor choices, and helped millions of American families achieve financial security.  We and the SEC staff are thankful for Harold and his many contributions to our country and this agency, and we offer our sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones.

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