SEC Appoints David Bottom CIO

David Bottom, SEC

David Bottom has been named chief information officer of the Securities and Exchange Commission, effective in January.

Bottom comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, where he was CIO and chief data officer since June 2016. His other experience includes working as chief innovation officer for IBM’s federal intelligence practice and serving for 10 years as a senior IT executive at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Bottom is currently on special assignment to the CIO in the Office of Management and Budget, where he is working to improve the deployment of governmentwide cloud and artificial intelligence projects. 

“I am pleased to welcome David to the SEC as our chief information officer,” SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said. “David’s substantial experience working with complex information technology systems, including in the intelligence sector, will serve the agency well as we continue to focus on the security and operational effectiveness of our systems at the SEC.”

Bottom said he is excited to join the commission.

“I am attracted to the organization’s critical mission, and the Commissioners’ goal of elevating the organization’s performance through technology, data analytics and human capital,” he said. “I look forward to contributing my skills and experience to the talented and dedicated team delivering on the Commissioners’ objectives. I am looking forward to what we will accomplish together.”

Bottom graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and also holds a master’s degree in information systems management from The George Washington University.

Clayton also thanked Chuck Riddle for his “valued contributions as acting CIO.”

“The SEC will continue to benefit from his expertise as he returns to his role as deputy CIO and chief technology officer,” Riddle said.

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