Mary Jo White, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is being looked at to become the next chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Bloomberg reported today.
White, who is currently a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, served as chief of the SDNY U.S. Attorney’s office from 1993 to 2002, where she supervised a number of terrorism-related cases including the 1998 bombings of the two U.S. Embassies in East Africa that killed more than 200 people. She was also the first woman to hold the top spot in the SDNY office, one of the most high-profile offices out of the 94-office U.S. Attorney system.
Former SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro stepped down in December. SEC commissioner Elisse Walter has taken on the role and can remain on until the end of the year.
White did not respond to a request for comment from Bloomberg. During her tenure as the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, she also helped supervise the convictions of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the plot to blow up the United Nations building, Bloomberg noted.
White was in the news more recently as the outside investigator for the National Football League as it probed an alleged bounty system operated by defensive players on the the New Orleans Saints.