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SEC’s Lee Names Agency’s First Senior Adviser for Climate, ESG

Feb. 1, 2021, 9:47 PM

SEC Acting Chair Allison Lee has named Satyam Khanna the agency’s first-ever senior policy adviser for climate and environmental, social, and governance, underscoring the elevation of ESG issues at the Democrat-led agency.

The appointment marks Lee’s biggest public move on ESG at the Securities and Exchange Commission since she succeeded Republican Elad Roisman as the agency’s interim leader last month. Lee, a Democrat, has frequently pushed for more corporate disclosures related to ESG.

“Having a dedicated advisor on these issues will allow us to look broadly at how they intersect with our regulatory framework across our offices and divisions,” Lee ...