The Securities and Exchange Commission named Scott Friestad to the post of associate director of the commission's Division of Enforcement. In that role, Friestad, 42, will serve as a senior official in the division and assist in planning and directing the commission's investigations and other enforcement efforts. He will report to division director Stephen Cutler. Friestad joined the regulator in 1995 as a staff attorney, and his efforts have contributed to SEC enforcement actions involving Regulation FD, public company accounting and disclosure, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, and broker/dealer regulation. Friestad has also served as a special assistant in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, and was a litigator at the New York law firm of Dewey Ballantine.

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