|26th Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission|
August 3, 2001 – February 18, 2003
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Arthur Levitt|
|Succeeded by||William H. Donaldson|
|Born||February 28, 1945|
Brooklyn, New York
|Alma mater||Brooklyn College (B.A.)|
St. John's University (J.D.)
Harvey Pitt (born in Brooklyn, New York, February 28, 1945) was the 26th chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), serving from 2001 to 2003.
Pitt graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1961, Brooklyn College with a bachelor's degree in 1965, and from St. John's University School of Law with a JD degree in 1968. From 1968 to 1978, he served on the staff of the SEC, eventually becoming the agency's youngest-ever general counsel in 1975, aged 30.
Pitt received an honorary LL.D. degree from St. John's University School of Law in 2002, and received the President's Medal of Distinction from the President of Brooklyn College in 2003.
Pitt became the target of criticism when the Enron scandal broke out on his watch. Democrats alleged that he was too close to the accounting industry  and that he subverted efforts to tighten regulation in the wake of the Enron scandal and other cases of corporate malfeasance. Pitt resigned after attempting to appoint a board member (William Hedgcock Webster - former FBI and CIA Director) from a company under SEC investigation to head a commission overseeing the accounting industry. The GAO later cleared Pitt. Pitt has also been blamed for not investigating millions of dollars made due to "put options" placed on United, and American Airlines just prior to Sept. 11, 2001.
He was a founder and first president of the SEC Historical Society. He is now the Chief Executive Officer of the strategic consulting firm, Kalorama Partners, LLC. He is a member of the board of asset management firm CQS.
- Wexler, Sanford (July 2001). "The SEC's New Pit Bull: But Religious Right' Want Another Chairman". Traders Magazine. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
- Milbank, Dana (July 11, 2002). "SEC Chairman Pitt A Potential Liability To Administration; Bush Defends Regulator From Critics". The Washington Post. p. A6.
- "GAO Report Expected to Clear SEC's Harvey Pitt". AccountingWEB. December 13, 2002. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
- "Harvey Pitt - Chief Executive Officer". Kalorama Partners, LLP. Archived from the original on January 20, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
- "CQS adds City and military prowess to board". Financial News.
- Kalorama Partners website
- Harvey Pitt's Compliance Week column
- PBS Frontline: Bigger Than Enron
- PBS Frontline: A Tale of Two Chairmen
| Securities and Exchange Commission Chair
2001 – 2003
William H. Donaldson