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SEC COO Jeffery Heslop to Step Down in February, Kenneth Johnson Named Acting COO

Jeffery Heslop, chief operating officer of the Securities and Exchange Commission since 2010, is due to leave SEC next month.

SEC Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Johnson will succeed Heslop on an acting basis after the latter steps down, the commission said Friday.

Heslop helped integrate innovation into the agency’s approaches to manage human capital, business processes, internal controls and technology infrastructure during his seven-year tenure there.

He also led the improvement of financial management and information security internal controls and compliance as well as the modernization of outdated technology platforms and business processes at the commission.

“As the SEC’s first COO, Jeff helped the agency streamline operations and leverage resources to more effectively serve the investors and markets,” said SEC Acting Chairman Michael Piwowar.

Heslop previously served as managing vice president of information risk management at Capital One and spent 22 years at the U.S. Army before he retired from military service with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

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