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Kayla J. Gillan

New York, NY, USA

Kayla J. Gillan joined the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in February 2009 as Senior Advisor to Chairman Mary L. Schapiro, and currently also serves as Deputy Chief of Staff. In this capacity, Ms. Gillan continues a career dedicated to serving investors.

Prior to joining the SEC, Ms. Gillan was a founding Board Member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), where she served from January 2003 to January 2008 and worked extensively to advocate the needs of investors in the auditing process of U.S. public companies.  She previously was General Counsel for the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), where she spent 16 years working to protect the retirement security for more than 1.5 million public employees.  From January 2008 to February 2009, Ms. Gillan was the Chief Administrative Officer for RiskMetrics Group, Inc., a firm that provides risk management and corporate governance products and services to financial market participants.  She authored the company's first annual proxy statement, which was designated "Best Proxy for 2008" by Corporate Secretary magazine.

Ms. Gillan holds a B.A. from California State University at Sacramento and a J.D. from the University of California at Davis.  She is a frequent author and speaker on subjects related to corporate governance, ethics, and the fiduciary responsibilities of pension trustees.


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