Giovanni Prezioso

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birth_date = c1960
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nationality = American
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known_for = SEC General Counsel
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predecessor = David M. Becker
successor = Brian Cartwright
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Giovanni Prezioso born c1960 in Boston [cite web|url=|title=Boston Birth|accessdate=2007-12-12] to Dr. and Mrs. Fausto Maria Prezioso of Towson, Mdcite web|url=|title=NY Times Wedding Report|accessdate=2007-12-12] , became General Counsel of the US Securities and Exchange Commission in April 2002 [cite web|url=|title=Joined SEC|accessdate=2007-12-12] .

He served in that post under three different chairmen, Harvey Pitt, William Donaldson, and Chris Cox. During his tenure the SEC started over 2000 actions and 100 rules changes. It also successfully implemented the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002cite web|url=|title=Lawfuel commentary|accessdate=2007-12-12] . He also reduced the back log of cases awaiting SEC resolution

In early 2006cite web|url=|title=GP resigns from SEC|accessdate=2007-12-12] , Mr. Prezioso stepped down from the post and rejoined his prior law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLPcite web|url=|title=Firms CV|accessdate=2007-12-12] , as a partner resident in the firm's Washington, DC office.

Mr. Prezioso’s bar and other professional activities have included service as Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Subcommittee on Municipal and Governmental Obligations, as a member of the New York Stock Exchange Rule 431 Committee and as a member of the Global Documentation Steering Committee sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the SEC Historical Society.

Mr. Prezioso is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1982) and Harvard College (A.B., History and Literature, magna cum laude, 1979).

Mr. Prezioso is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.

In 1987 he married Elizabeth Holladay Mathews, a television producer, at Christ Episcopal Church in Greenwich, Connecticut.


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