Executive Vice President, Head of Member Regulation Sales Practice
Susan F. Axelrod is Executive Vice President and head of FINRA’s Member Regulation Sales Practice area. In this capacity she oversees the Sales Practice Department, with responsibility for ongoing surveillance and examinations, both routine and investigative, of FINRA-regulated securities firms. She was appointed to this position in July 2010. Previously, Ms. Axelrod was FINRA Senior Vice President and Deputy of Regulatory Operations. Her responsibilities included assisting in the oversight of the Market Regulation, Enforcement and Member Regulation functions at FINRA. She also played a key role in the integration of NASD and NYSE Member Regulation. Prior to joining FINRA in 2007, Ms. Axelrod was Chief of Staff to the CEO of NYSE Regulation for three years. In this position, her responsibilities included overseeing operations on a day-to-day basis and acting as a liaison with various business areas including finance, human resources, government relations and communications. Ms. Axelrod joined the NYSE in 1989 as a Staff Attorney in the division of enforcement and became an Enforcement Director in 1997. Among the cases she handled were those involving specialist and floor broker misconduct, insider trading, upstairs trading, sales practice violations, and financial and operational compliance issues. She received her J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law in 1989 and her B.A. from Emory University in 1986.