George Canellos will be the acting director of the Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division effective February 8, the SEC said in a statement Thursday.
Canellos, currently the division's deputy director, will replace Robert Khuzami, who has announced his resignation.
Canellos will be replaced as deputy director, in an acting capacity, by David Bergers, who is director of the SEC's Boston regional office, the SEC said in a separate statement.
The SEC lost some of its top leadership after Chairman Mary Schapiro stepped down at the end of last year.
Any permanent new director for enforcement will likely not be named until Congress approves Mary Jo White, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the commission in his second term.
"George's proven intellectual abilities and creative approach to problem-solving have made him an extremely effective advocate for investors and make him ideally suited to serve as Acting Director," Elisse Walter, who is serving
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