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The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Thomas J. Butler has been named an Associate Regional Director for the Investment Adviser and Investment Company examination program in the agency's New York Regional Office. Mr. Butler is leaving his current position as Director of the SEC's Office of Credit Ratings (OCR), a position he has held since June 2012.

"I am delighted to welcome Tom to the team,"said Pete Driscoll, Acting Director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. "The New York region is responsible for more than 2,800 registered investment advisers with more than $18 trillion in assets under management and over 200 investment company complexes.Tom's significant industry experience and leadership prior to and at the SEC will be invaluable to the experienced and dedicated staff in the New York examination program."

Prior to his 2012 appointment as the inaugural Director of OCR, Mr. Butler was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Citigroup, held senior financial advisory and structuring roles at UBS and Babcock & Brown, and worked at two major law firms. Mr. Butler received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College and his law degree from Rutgers School of Law at Newark.

Jessica Kane, Director of the SEC's Office of Municipal Securities (OMS), has been appointed to serve as Acting Director of OCR on an interim basis following Mr. Butler's departure. In turn, Rebecca Olsen, Deputy Director of OMS, will serve as Acting Director of that office while Ms. Kane is assigned to OCR.

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