Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How Mary Jo White Wooed Her Opponents


White organized weekly one-on-one meetings with each [SEC] commissioner during which she discussed upcoming business—or, when there were few pressing items, major league baseball. The meetings and White’s demeanor in them changed the dynamic at the agency, says Daniel Gallagher, a Republican commissioner who fought with Obama’s first SEC chief, Mary Schapiro. “She’s down-to-earth, funny,” he says. “It’s harder to go out and attack initiatives or rule makings when you have that personal relationship with the chair.”