FINRA’s Top PR, Lobbying Exec Resigns

Howard Schloss, head of corporate communications for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), said he will step down in September.

According to a news report from Reuters, Schloss is among FINRA’s highest-paid executives, with compensation in 2010 that topped $1 million.

Schloss is responsible for media, government relations and investor education programs, and oversees FINRA’s editorial production, design and multimedia communications services. He was executive vice president of corporate communications and government relations at NASD, which consolidated with NYSE Member Regulation to form FINRA in 2007.

Before joining NASD in 2000, Schloss worked at the Washington, D.C., office of the New York Stock Exchange, where he served as vice president of public affairs. Before joining the NYSE, Schloss worked for the Treasury Department in public affairs. Earlier, Schloss was with Powell-Tate Public Affairs.

From 1987 to 1991, he served in communications roles for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, managing public affairs and media activities for this national political organization. Schloss has also served as a writer and editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Midwest Bureau of United Press International (UPI). He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.