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New Cop in Town

Will the new SEC chairman set you free from regulation?

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This story appears in the November 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

William Donaldson was a man of his time. He took over as chairman of the in early 2003, and had to deal with the fallout from corporate scandals like . Donaldson frequently broke rank with the other two Republicans on the five-commissioner SEC, and he came down relatively hard on corporate until his resignation at the end of June.

Christopher Cox is a man of a very different time. Donaldson's replacement, Cox takes over as U.S. companies increasingly complain the pendulum has swung too far in the direction of regulation and over-sight. Corporate America is likely to find a more sympathetic ear with Cox than it did with Donaldson.

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