Karen Solomon was selected to succeed Jeff Gillespie as deputy chief counsel of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Gillespie retires effective later this year. Solomon will report to chief counsel Julie Williams. She will oversee three divisions in the OCC's law department: Legislative and Regulatory Activities, Bank Activities and Structure, and Securities and Corporate Practices. Solomon will partner with deputy chief counsel Dan Stipano -- who will continue to oversee the Enforcement and Compliance, Litigation, Community and Consumer Law and Administrative and Internal Law divisions in the chief counsel's office. "Karen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new position," Williams said. "She's a great lawyer and strategic thinker, and an outstanding manager, and she has an in-depth knowledge of the laws governing national banks. I have had the pleasure of working with Karen for many years, and she brings remarkable talents to her new position." Solomon joined the OCC in 1995 as special counsel. She served as assistant director of the Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division and then was promoted to director in 1996. Prior to her roles at the OCC, Solomon was deputy chief counsel at the Office of Thrift Supervision. Write to Diana Golobay.