Robert Khuzami today was named director of the SECs division of enforcement, according to the agency.
He succeeds Linda Chatman Thomsen, who announced on Feb. 9 that she was leaving the SEC to pursue opportunities in the private sector.
Mr. Khuzami was general counsel for the Americas at Deutsche Bank, according to an SEC news release.
Prior to that, he was a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorneys Office in New York, where he prosecuted securities cases and white-collar crime. He prosecuted Omar Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman, who was one of 10 defendants convicted of operating an international terrorist organization responsible for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the assassination of Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane, and planned bombing attacks on the FBIs New York headquarters, New Yorks Lincoln and Holland tunnels, and the United Nations headquarters.
I'm pleased to have Rob join the SEC in such an important role at this crucial time, SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro said in the news release. Rob has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to prosecuting wrongdoers and protecting citizens.