Aitan D. Goelman on Tuesday was named director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's enforcement division.
Mr. Goelman replaces David Meister, who left the CFTC in October to rejoin law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as head of its government enforcement and white-collar crime group.
Gretchen L. Lowe, the enforcement division's chief counsel, had been acting director.
Mr. Goelman was a partner at law firm Zuckerman Spaeder, focusing on white-collar crime and complex commercial litigation, according to a news release from the CFTC.
Mr. Goelman's appointment comes one week after the Senate confirmed Timothy Massad as chairman of the CFTC, replacing Gary Gensler, who stepped down in January.