WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 16, 2016--
Korn Ferry’s Board & CEO Services Practice today announced the
appointment of Robert W. Cook as President and Chief Executive Officer
of The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
At the direction of FINRA, Korn Ferry led the Board of Governors in
their CEO search, tapping the former SEC Director of Trading and Markets
to succeed Richard Ketchum, who served as Chairman and CEO since 2009.
Mr. Cook will join FINRA in the second half of 2016 from Cleary Gottlieb
Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he has served as a partner in the firm’s
Washington, DC, office since June 2013. Prior to Clearly Gottlieb, Mr.
Cook served as the Director of the Division of Trading and Markets
(Division) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from
2010 to 2013.
“Mr. Cook led the Trading and Markets Division during a pivotal time at
the SEC. This leadership, along with his tenure with Clearly Gottlieb
makes him uniquely qualified to lead FINRA—focusing on the protection of
investors,” said Nels
Olson, Vice Chairman and Co-Leader of Korn Ferry’s Board & CEO
Services Practice. “Our practice at Korn Ferry helps companies
holistically navigate and resolve challenges unique at the top to
maximize effectiveness, and design, build, and lead a high-performing
“I am honored to join FINRA as CEO, and to have the opportunity to work
alongside FINRA’s talented and dedicated staff in the critical role of
protecting investors, as well as ensuring fair and orderly financial
markets,” said Mr. Cook. “I look forward to building on Rick’s many
years of excellent work and collaborating with FINRA’s Board, members,
and other stakeholders to strengthen investor protections, promote
market integrity, and enhance FINRA’s core competencies of examinations,
enforcement, rulemaking, market transparency, and market surveillance.”
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