On Thursday, May 12, 2005, Linda Thompson became the first woman Enforcement Director at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
“I am honored by this appointment and am committed to maintaining the traditions of excellence and fairness that have been the hallmarks of the Commission’s enforcement program,” Thompson said.
Thompson, who joined the SEC in 1995 and became deputy enforcement director in 2002, has overseen and supervised numerous investigations including the SEC’s ongoing investigation into Enron. She has also worked with outgoing enforcement director on the prosecution of large companies who have found themselves entangled in one or more corporate scandals in recent years. Her appointment to the top enforcement job was widely anticipated.
“I am pleased that Linda has agreed to take on this new role at the Commission,” chairman Donaldson said. “Linda is a highly accomplished attorney with a proven record of effective advocacy on behalf of the nation’s investors. The skills Linda has exhibited during her tenure at the Commission instill great confidence in her ability to lead this important division.”