The Securities and Exchange Commission has tapped Walter Ricciardi to succeed Peter Bresnan, who served as district administrator of regulator's Boston office for a brief five-month period on an interim basis. Stephen Cutler, director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement, praised Bresnan for simultaneously managing the Boston office while serving as deputy chief litigation counsel in his division in Washington.

"I'd also like to express my deep gratitude to Peter Bresnan for leading the Boston office over the last five months while he continued to carry his substantial responsibilities as Deputy Chief Litigation Counsel in Washington," Cutler said, in a statement. Cutler also touted Ricciardi's and experience as a hard-nosed litigation specialist with a reputation for fairness. Ricciardi, who is scheduled to step into his new role on April 19, is litigation practice group leader in the office of the general counsel at PricewaterhouseCoopers. "For many years, we've seen Walter's considerable talents from across the table. The Commission and the Boston district office will benefit from his terrific legal skills, intelligence, and management abilities," Cutler said.

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