The SEC announced Friday that George Canellos, the co-director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division, is departing the agency, leaving the co-director of the division, Andrew Ceresney, as sole director of the SEC’s high-profile unit.
Canellos, 49, joined the SEC in July 2009 as director of the SEC’s New York office, became deputy director of enforcement in July 2012, was named acting director following the departure in February of director Robert Khuzami and was named co-director with Ceresney, 41, by Chairwoman Mary Jo White in April 2013.
When now-Chairman White was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, both Canellos and Ceresney worked under her. Among Canellos’ many accomplishments at the SEC was his role, while at the New York office, in overseeing the investigation into Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. At the enforcement division he led insider trading actions against Raj Rajaratnam of Galleon Management and Steven A. Cohen of SAC Capital and helped implement, according to an SEC statement, “new approaches to examinations of investment advisory firms while more closely integrating the teams responsible for examinations of broker-dealers and investment managers.”