SEC Names New Head of Examinations Program in San Francisco

Jack Humphrey, Regulatory journalist
December 09, 2011 /

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the appointment of Kristin Snyder to lead the examinations program in the agency’s San Francisco Regional Office.

Ms. Snyder has worked at the SEC for the past eight years, serving as a Branch Chief and a Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office’s enforcement program.

In her new position as Associate Regional Director for Examinations, Ms. Snyder leads a staff of approximately 50 accountants, examiners, attorneys and support staff responsible for the examination of broker-dealers, investment companies, investment advisers, and transfer agents across Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.

“As the SEC’s examination program becomes increasingly risk-focused, Kristin’s extensive enforcement experience will be ideal in identifying the practices with the greatest potential for investor harm and in supporting our mission to promote compliance, monitor risk and inform policy,” said Marc Fagel, Director of the San Francisco Regional Office.

Carlo di Florio, Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, added, “I am pleased to welcome Kristin to her new position. She has a well-earned reputation for being extraordinarily hardworking, efficient, and tenacious, making her well-suited for the job of implementing the national examination program’s strategies for investor protection and market integrity at a time of significant regulatory change.”

Ms. Snyder said, “Over the years, I have had the pleasure of working with many of our examination staff on complex and cutting-edge cases in the broker-dealer, investment adviser and investment company areas. I am honored to be joining the talented and dedicated staff in San Francisco’s examination program at this exciting time.”

Ms. Snyder, 41, assumes the Associate Regional Director for Examinations position vacated by Daryl Hagel when he retired from the agency.

Prior to joining the SEC staff, Ms. Snyder practiced with Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP in San Francisco. She earned her law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis.


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