New CFTC Chairman Names Senior Staffers

New Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman Heath Tarbert has announced a swathe of senior appointments in his first week in charge of the US regulator.

Jaime Klima has been named as chief of staff and chief operating officer, she was formerly chief counsel to the office of the chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Other appointments unveiled are: Charles Thornton will serve as counsellor to the chairman; Thomas Benison will serve as chief negotiator for International Agreements; Matthew Daigler, Daniel Grimm and Andrew Ridenour will all serve as senior counsel to the chairman; Chelsea Pizzola will serve as deputy chief of staff and counsel to the chairman; Melissa Benedict will serve as executive assistant to the chairman; and Anna Rosenberg will serve as special assistant to the chairman and legislative specialist.

“Jaime, Charlie, Tom, Matt, Dan, Andrew, Chelsea, Melissa, and Anna are superb at what they do,” says Tarbert. “Together they bring diverse experience in financial services regulation, and I am thrilled to have each of them join my team.

“Behind any successful chairman is an excellent staff, and the one we are assembling is best in class,” he adds. “The counsel and expertise of my team will be essential to our efforts to keep our derivatives markets vibrant and hold wrongdoers accountable.”


Colin Lambert

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