Laura L. Cox, a high-level aide to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson, is departing the regulator to join Big Four firm PricewaterhouseCoopers as partner-in-charge of professional and governmental activities.

In her new role at PwC, she will be responsible for developing and implementing federal and state governmental affairs strategies to help the firm achieve results consistent with its business strategy.

Cox joined the SEC in May 2003 as managing executive for external and governmental affairs and a member of Chairman Donaldson's senior management team, directing the commission's legislative affairs, public affairs, intergovernmental affairs and investor education efforts.

Prior to joining the commission, Cox served as deputy assistant secretary for banking and finance in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to joining the Bush administration, she was vice president for strategic policy communications, government and regulatory affairs at electronic brokerage Instinet Corp. She also spent eight years on Capitol Hill -- six in the Senate working for Banking Committee chair Richard C. Shelby, and later as communications director to Republican Conference vice chairman Paul Coverdell.

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