Washington - The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday named Donald Hoerl as the director of its regional office in Denver, about six months after the 26-year commission veteran became the office's acting director.

Hoerl, who previously served as associate regional director for enforcement in the Denver office, a post he had held since 1997, succeeds George Curtis, who was appointed to a deputy director position in the SEC's enforcement division in Washington, D.C.

The Denver office conducts examination and enforcement activities in Colorado, North Dakota, Kansas, South Dakota, Wyoming, and New Mexico.

"Don has been a champion of investors throughout his distinguished career with the commission," SEC chairman Christopher Cox said in a statement. "America's investors are fortunate to have a person of such high caliber and talent in this position of leadership at the SEC."

Hoerl began his career with the SEC as a trial counsel in the Denver office in 1982. He has also served as the head of the Philadelphia office for four years and as the district administrator for the Salt Lake City office for six years.

Prior to joining the SEC, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in Denver for more than five years.


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