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SEC Names Vincente Martinez Market Intell Office Head; Robert Khuzami Comments

SECbuildingThe Securities and Exchange Commission has appointed Vincente Martinez to return to the agency as chief of the office of market intelligence within the agency’s enforcement division, effective next month.

The agency said Martinez will succeed acting Chief Lori Walsh, who will continue serving in her role as deputy chief of the office office’s deputy chief.

Martinez left the agency after eight years in 2011 to lead the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s whistleblower office, becoming that office’s first-ever director.

In his new position, Martinez will lead an office responsible for collecting and evaluating tips, complaints and referrals.

His first stint at the SEC occurred between 2003 and 2011, when he served as one of the first assistant directors in the market intelligence office, formed through a realignment of the enforcement division.

The agency said he helped develop division- and SEC-wide policies and procedures for handling tips, complaints and referrals.

“Vince understands the task at hand and is ready to further leverage the valuable intelligence we get from the public, cultivate our relationships with our regulatory partners, and tackle the increasing sophistication of the schemes victimizing investors,” said Adam Storch, managing executive of the enforcement division.

“Our office of market intelligence employs next-generation technology and data analysis to inform and drive our enforcement effort and priorities in the years to come,” said Robert Khuzami, division director.

Martinez started at the SEC in 2003 as a staff attorney, later moving into a senior counsel role and serving on a task force formed to pursue accounting frauds.

Before joining SEC staff, Martinez was a litigator and corporate lawyer in private practice for six years.

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