gina talamonaGina Talamona, a career public affairs staffer at the US Department of Justice, has moved to the Securities and Exchange Commission as communications director.

Myron Marlin, who held the SEC post for five years, stepped down earlier this year and is now a managing director in FTI Consulting's strategic communications operation.

Talamona reports to SEC chair Mary Jo White, who said in a statement that the SEC is "very fortunate to have her join us in our efforts to keep investors and the American public informed about the important work of the Commission."

Talamona has been deputy director of Justice's office of public affairs since 1999, serving as spokeswoman and advising the 94 US Attorneys' offices on strategic communications.  She also developed the department's first crisis PR plan and joined DOJ's speechwriting unit in 1986.

Talamona added: “I look forward to a new chapter in my public service career and am excited to join the SEC team and to be a part of this distinguished organization, which is vital to the American economy.”