Jennifer B. McHugh was named acting director of the SEC’s division of investment management, confirmed John Heine, an agency spokesman.
She replaces Andrew J. “Buddy” Donohue, who stepped down last week.
Ms. McHugh is currently a senior adviser in Chairwoman Mary L. Schapiro’s office, and she will return to that position after a permanent successor to Mr. Donohue is named.
Mr. Donohue has not announced his plans, Mr. Heine said.