Daniel S. Kahl Appointed Acting Director of the Division of Examinations; Peter B. Driscoll to Depart Agency

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Peter B. Driscoll, the Director of the Division of Examinations, will depart the agency effective Aug. 14. Daniel Kahl, the Division’s Deputy Director, will be named Acting Director upon Mr. Driscoll’s departure.

“I thank Dan for stepping into the role of Acting Director of the Division of Examinations,” said SEC Chair Gary Gensler. “Dan is an accomplished and respected leader at the SEC, and I look forward to working closely with him. I also thank Pete for his many valuable contributions to the SEC over his nearly two-decade career with the agency. I wish him the best of luck going forward.”

“The Division of Examinations plays a critical role in protecting investors, and I look forward to leading the team of talented and dedicated public servants,” said Mr. Kahl.

Mr. Kahl joined the SEC in 2001 and has served as a Deputy Director of the Division of Examinations since 2018 and as the Division’s Chief Counsel since 2016. Prior to joining the Division of Examinations, he led the Division of Investment Management’s Office of Investment Adviser Regulation. Earlier, Mr. Kahl was an attorney at the Investment Adviser Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Mr. Kahl holds a B.S. from Penn State University, a J.D. from Southern Methodist University, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.  

Mr. Driscoll led the Division of Examinations and its predecessor Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations since January 2017. He previously served as the Division’s first Chief Risk and Strategy Officer and as the Division’s Managing Executive. He first joined the Commission as a summer legal intern in the Chicago Regional Office in 2000. He rejoined the SEC in 2001 as a staff attorney in the Division of Enforcement and was later a Branch Chief and Assistant Regional Director in the Investment Adviser and Investment Company examination program. Mr. Driscoll is the recipient of the first ever Mission Award and the Distinguished Service Award, the Agency’s highest honor. 

“It has been a great honor and the highlight of my career to have led the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations and serve as the first-ever Director of the Division of Examinations,” said Mr. Driscoll. “I am incredibly humbled to have had the opportunity to work alongside the talented staff of the Division in our mission to protect investors and maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets.”

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