Nasdaq Veteran Robinson Gets Top SEC Post
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Nasdaq Veteran Robinson Gets Top SEC Post

Securities & Exchange Commission chairman Harvey Pitt has selected Michael Robinson as director of the office of public affairs, policy evaluation, and research—the agency’s senior public relations position.

Paul Holmes

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 25—Securities & Exchange Commission chairman Harvey Pitt has selected Michael Robinson as director of the office of public affairs, policy evaluation, and research—the agency’s senior public relations position. The post has been open since the departure of Chris Ullman, who was a longtime advisor to former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt.
 
Robinson will serve as the SEC’s principal spokesperson and raise awareness of the agency’s mission, which include writing and enforcing the rules that govern communication between publicly traded companies and their shareholders.
 
Robinson was most recently vice president of corporate communications for Arlington-based investment firm Friedman Billings Ramsey. Previously, he was a spokesman for Mobil Corporation and the National Association of Securities Dealers. He has also served in the public sector, at the Department of Justice and the White House from 1989-1991.
 
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to combine my financial industry expertise and my experience in the government sector,” says Robinson. “It’s everything I want.”
 
According to Pitt, Robinson’s experience in the securities industry “coupled with his ability to understand and create clear explanations will be a tremendous asset to us.”
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