NEW YORK: Matthew Well, former public affairs director of the American Tort Reform Association, has joined the Securities and Exchange Commission as its director of public affairs, a position that had been vacant for almost a year. Well started April 5.
Well joins an SEC public affairs staff of six, where one of two deputy director positions remain open following the departure of Herb Perone last month.
"We're currently in the process of looking at staffing in terms of how many people we need," explained John Heine, deputy public affairs director. "We have not made any decisions."
Well will be responsible for daily media relations and PR efforts for the SEC. He is the commission's first public affairs director since Harvey Pitt resigned as chairman in early November 2002.
He succeeds Christi Harlan, who left in early April 2003 after 15 months on the job, to head the public affairs office at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Perone also left the SEC after 15 months. He is now the associate VP for media relations at the National Association of Securities Dealers.