The Securities and Exchange Commission has appointed former Public Company Accounting Oversight Board member Kayla Gillan as senior advisor to new Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Schapiro, effective immediately.

Gillan, a former general counsel to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, was a founding board member of the PCAOB, where she served from 2003-2008.

In her new role, she will spearhead various projects, including the creation of an Investor Advisory Council.

Since leaving the PCAOB, she had been chief administrative officer at RiskMetrics Group Inc., a provider of risk management and corporate governance products and services.

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