Ex-SEC chief counsel joins HarbourVest

Paula Drake will oversee all aspects of HarbourVest’s legal and compliance functions.

HarbourVest has appointed Paula Drake as general counsel and managing director.

Drake will oversee legal and compliance affairs for the global private markets asset manager and be based in the firm’s Boston office.

She joins from Och-Ziff Capital Management, a global alternative assets manager, where she was chief compliance officer. Drake was chief counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations between 2012 and 2015.

Her appointment follows that of Tricia Mackechnie as chief technology officer in February.