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The Securities and Exchange Commission today named Richard R. Best as Regional Director of its Atlanta office.

Mr. Best will succeed Walter Jospin, who is leaving the agency at the end of this month.

For the past two-and-a-half years, Mr. Best has served as Director of the SECs Salt Lake office, where he supervises the agencys enforcement program in Utah. He joined the SEC from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in New York, where he was a senior director and chief counsel in its Department of Enforcement. Mr. Best previously held other supervisory and investigative positions within FINRAs Enforcement function. He also spent approximately 10 years as a prosecutor in the Office of the Bronx County District Attorney, where he handled and supervised high-profile public integrity and organized crime prosecutions, among other matters.

Under Mr. Bests stewardship, the Salt Lake office has investigated, brought and litigated a number of impactful enforcement cases, including the agencys actions against:


As Director of the SECs Atlanta office, Mr. Best will lead a staff of more than 160 enforcement attorneys, accountants, investigators, and compliance examiners involved in the investigation and prosecution of enforcement actions and the performance of compliance inspections in the Atlanta region, which covers Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama.

I am excited that Richard is taking over as head of our Atlanta Regional Office, and I thank Walter for his exemplary service, said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. Richard has made a lasting impression in the Salt Lake Regional Office and I am confident that he will continue to protect the long-term interests of American investors through his leadership in Atlanta.

Richards investigative experience, strong knowledge of industry practices and excellent trial skills position him well to lead the SECs Atlanta office, said Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SECs Enforcement Division. He is an experienced and inspirational manager who is held in high regard by our team in Salt Lake.

As leader of the SECs Salt Lake Regional Office, Richard has distinguished himself not only by bringing high-impact cases, but also through his creative efforts to connect with investors, said Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SECs Enforcement Division. We are thrilled he will bring his impressive qualities to the SECs Atlanta office.

Peter B. Driscoll, Director of the SECs Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, said, Richard has been a very strong leader of the Salt Lake Regional Office for several years, and we are delighted to have him lead our dedicated examination staff in Atlanta.

Mr. Best added, I am excited and honored to serve with such a talented group of professionals in the Atlanta Regional Office. Their dedication and skill is evidenced by the offices many significant accomplishments. I look forward to working with them to protect investors and maintain fair and orderly markets.

Mr. Best graduated from the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury and earned his law degree from the Howard University School of Law.

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