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The deputy head of enforcement at the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. (FINRA) is leaving the industry self-regulatory organization.

FINRA announced that Christopher Kelly, deputy head of its enforcement division, will step down effective Nov. 1 to “pursue other opportunities.”

Kelly joined FINRA in 2014 and spent nine years in the SRO’s enforcement department, most recently as senior vice-president and deputy head of enforcement, overseeing its litigation group and the agency’s attorneys.

Between February and August of this year, Kelly was the SRO’s acting head of enforcement until it named Bill St. Louis as the new chief, replacing Jessica Hopper.

FINRA said it will launch a search for Kellys’ replacement as deputy head of enforcement.

“Chris’s contributions to enforcement and investor protection are greatly appreciated. I thank Chris for his service to FINRA and investors,” said FINRA CEO Robert Cook in a release.