The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced Monday that Susan Axelrod would become FINRA’s Executive Vice President of Regulatory Operations, a newly created position.
In her new role, Axelrod, former head of FINRA’s Member Regulation Sales Practice area, will oversee enforcement, the Office of Fraud Detection and Market Intelligence and Member Regulation (Sales Practice, Risk Oversight and Operational Regulation and Shared Services).
Mike Rufino, chief operating officer of Member Regulation—Sales Practice, will assume the role of acting head of the Sales Practice group.
A FINRA spokesperson said that after the departure of Steve Luparello, who previously oversaw the groups now reporting to Axelrod in this newly created post, as well as Market Regulation, FINRA “took the time to evaluate the reporting relationships across the organization. After several months, the decision was made to consolidate reporting based upon the synergies between departments and their consistent mission to protect investors and vigorously prosecute those that engage in fraudulent activities.”
Luparello’s last day at FINRA was Oct. 7; he was interim CEO prior to being named vice chairman in 2009, and oversaw FINRA’s regulatory operations, including Enforcement, Market Regulation, Member Regulation and Business Solutions. Luparello was instrumental in the creation of the Office of the Whistleblower and the Office of Fraud Detection and Market Intelligence in 2009.