Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:OXY) has elected the Hon. Elisse B. Walter, former chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to the company’s Board of Directors.
Walter was appointed commissioner of the SEC by President George W. Bush, and served in that capacity from 2008 until 2013. President Barack Obama designated her as chairman of the SEC in December 2012.
Walter spent more than two decades of her career at the SEC. She served as senior executive vice president, Regulatory Policy and Programs, for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). She held the same position at the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) before its 2007 consolidation with NYSE Member Regulation. Earlier in her career, she served as the General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and as Deputy Director of the SEC Division of Corporation Finance.
Walter holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, cum laude, from Yale University and a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.