The Securities and Exchange Commission has named Joseph A. Hall to the post of managing executive for policy and Martha B. Peterson as counselor to commission chair William Donaldson. Hall will assist Donaldson with enforcement policies, as well as procedures governing both the markets and SEC issuers. He also will serve as Donaldson's main liaison to other SEC commissioners and departments. Hall succeeds Patrick Von Bargen, who recently announced that he would be leaving the regulator for a post in the private sector. Hall joined the SEC in 2003 as senior policy fellow in the Office of the General Counsel, and later served as counsel to Donaldson. Prior to coming aboard at the commission, he was a partner with the firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. In her new post as Donaldson's counsel, Peterson will advise him on rulemaking and other initiatives. She originally joined the commission in 1987, serving in the Office of the General Counsel and later as counsel to then-chair David Ruder. In a statement, Donaldson said, "Joe and Martha each bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their positions. I look forward to continuing to work with them to further the best interests of America's investors."

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