Finra names new head of enforcement

Finra said Monday that it appointed Bill St. Louis as head of enforcement, making him responsible for the agency’s 350 enforcement staffers in 11 offices across the United States.

St. Louis succeeds Christopher Kelly, the deputy head of enforcement, who had served as acting head of enforcement since February, when Jessica Hopper left the agency. As head of enforcement, he will report directly to Finra CEO Robert Cook.

St. Louis most recently served as head of Finra’s national cause and financial crimes detection program, known as NCFC.

“Bill’s broad and deep experience at Finra, including his previous senior roles in enforcement and member supervision, and his most recent position as head of the NCFC, will serve him well as head of enforcement,” Cook said in a statement.

Since joining Finra in 1998, St. Louis has held enforcement roles, including serving as regional chief counsel for the agency’s North region. He was director of Finra’s New York office from 2014 to 2019 and regional director of its Northeast region from 2019 to 2020.

“It is a privilege to lead such a talented and expert group of enforcement professionals who are dedicated to Finra’s mission of investor protection and market integrity,” St. Louis said in the statement. “I look forward to strengthening Finra’s regulatory operations, ensuring integrated oversight and increasing safety in the market as we advance our important work through the regulatory opportunities and challenges ahead.”

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