Harvey L. Pitt is the Chief Executive Officer of the global business consulting firm, Kalorama Partners, LLC, and its law firm affiliate, Kalorama Legal Services, PLLC. Prior to founding the two Kalorama firms, Mr. Pitt served as the twenty-sixth Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. In that role, from 2001 until 2003, Mr. Pitt was responsible, among other things, for overseeing the SEC’s response to the market disruptions resulting from the terrorist attacks of 9/11, for creating the SEC’s “real time enforcement” program, and for leading the Commission’s adoption of dozens of rules in response to the corporate and accounting crises generated by the excesses of the 1990s.
For nearly a quarter of a century before becoming the SEC’s Chairman, Mr. Pitt was a senior corporate partner in the international law firm, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. He was a founding trustee and the first President of the SEC Historical Society, and participates in a wide variety of bar and continuing legal education activities to further public consideration of significant corporate and securities law issues. Mr. Pitt served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center (1975-84), George Washington University Law School (1974-82), the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (1983-84), and The Yale Law School (2007).
Former Chairman Pitt served previously with the SEC, from 1968 until 1978, including three years as the Commission's General Counsel (1975-78). Former Chairman Pitt received a J.D. degree from St. John's University School of Law (1968), and his B.A. from the City University of New York (Brooklyn College) (1965). He was awarded an honorary LL.D. by St. John's University in June 2002, and was given the Brooklyn College President’s Medal of Distinction in 2003.
Mr. Pitt is currently a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of GWU Medical Faculty Associates, Inc., a §501(c)(3) corporation that provides comprehensive medical care to residents of the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He is also currently a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Advisory Council, a not-for-profit corporation created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, to oversee the audits of public companies and broker-dealers for the protection of investors and the public. He serves as an advisor to the Global Advisory Forum for CQS (UK) LLP and CQS Investment Management Limited. Further, he is an independent director of the international hedge funds of Paulson & Co. Inc., and a member of their Audit Committees. He is also a member of the Regulatory and Compliance Advisory Council for Millennium Capital Management, LLC. In addition, he serves as a senior advisor to Teneo Holdings LLC. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors, and is a member of the Audit Committee of Premier Alliance Group, Inc. He previously served for three years on the National Cathedral School’s Board of Trustees, where he was at various times Board Vice-Chair, Co-Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee and Chair of the Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Pitt previously served as a Director of Approva Corporation, and was a member of its Audit Committee. In 2011, Mr. Pitt was inducted into the NACD Directorship 100 Corporate Governance Hall of Fame.