The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Gerald Hodgkins has been appointed as an Associate Director of the Division of Enforcement, a senior position in which he will assist in planning and directing the agency's enforcement efforts.
Mr. Hodgkins has worked in the Enforcement Division since 1997, overseeing a number of high-profile investigations resulting in significant SEC enforcement actions, including cases involving public company accounting and disclosure, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), broker-dealer regulation, options backdating and insider trading.
"Jerry is smart, experienced, highly respected and committed to investor protection," said Robert Khuzami, Director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement. "These qualities will serve him well in his new and important role in the Enforcement Division."
Mr. Hodgkins said, "For more than a decade, it has been my privilege to serve alongside dedicated and talented staff members at the SEC. I am honored to continue to work on behalf of investors in this new position."
Mr. Hodgkins is filling the Associate Director position previously held by Fredric Firestone, who left the agency for the private sector.
Mr. Hodgkins, 44, joined the SEC as a staff attorney in the Division of Enforcement and was promoted to Branch Chief in 1999. He became an Assistant Director in 2007.
Before coming to the SEC, Mr. Hodgkins served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Charles R. Richey of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He also was a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Howrey LLP.
Mr. Hodgkins received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Tufts University.