Washington, D.C., Aug. 30, 2010 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that John Ramsay has been named a Deputy Director in the Division of Trading and Markets.
Mr. Ramsay will oversee several of the Division's core regulatory functions, focusing in particular on broker-dealer financial responsibility and clearance and settlement. Mr. Ramsay also will play a key role in the Division's contribution to the SEC-wide implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
"John's broad experience in the securities markets and at regulatory agencies will be a tremendous asset as we implement regulatory reform and work to enhance investor protection," said Robert Cook, Director of the Division of Trading and Markets. "I am pleased that we can benefit from his insights, leadership, and creativity at such a critical time."
Mr. Ramsay said, "It's a privilege to return to the Commission at a time of such critical importance for the country's investors and markets. I'm also thrilled to have the chance to work with Robert and all of the other tremendously dedicated professionals who work at this agency."
Mr. Ramsay joins the Division's other Deputy Director, James Brigagliano, who has served in that role since March 2009.
Between 1989 and 1994, Mr. Ramsay served with the SEC as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Division of Market Regulation (now the Division of Trading and Markets) and as Counsel to then-Commissioner Mary L. Schapiro. His other regulatory experience includes service in key positions at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the National Association of Securities Dealers (now the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). In the private sector, Mr. Ramsay has worked as a partner at the law firm of Morgan Lewis and Bockius, and at the Bond Market Association (now part of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association), Citigroup Global Markets, and most recently the Regulatory Fundamentals Group — a private consulting firm.
Mr. Ramsay received his JD from the University of Michigan in 1984. He graduated summa cum laude with a BA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981.