Robert Keyes, a senior officer in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s New York Regional Office, will retire at the end of the month after 18 years of service, the agency announced on Tuesday.
Keyes became the associate regional director and chief of regional office operations of the New York office in 2010. The agency said that over the past four years, Keyes helped improve the New York office’s efficiency in managing its large amount enforcement and examination cases while instituting a stronger partnership between enforcement and exam efforts.
In 1996, after four years of work as a deputy clerk in Washington, D.C.’s federal courts, Keyes joined the SEC. For his first six years, Keyes continued to work in D.C., mainly for the agency’s Division of Enforcement but also for the Office of International Affairs. He moved over to the New York office in 2002, was named a branch chief in 2004 and then assistant regional director in 2005.
“Rob’s pioneering work has significantly improved the way we manage our office, and his efforts have substantially influenced how other regional offices operate as well,” said Andrew Calamari, director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office, in a statement. “Rob has helped transform the way that we do our work, and he will be sorely missed.”
While at the SEC, Keyes was involved in several enforcement cases, which involved insider trading, Ponzi schemes and financial reporting fraud. Most notably, his work on one specific fraud case helped return $200 million to investors, which offenders hid in a foreign bank.
Keyes said that he is honored to have served American citizens while working for the SEC.
“As I embark on a new and exciting phase of my life, I know I will recall with admiration and pride the people at this agency and their dedication to the SEC’s important mission,” he said.