Frederick F. McDonald retired from FINRA in December 2008 and is currently a securities regulatory consultant. Mr. McDonald has extensive knowledge of the regulatory issues surrounding variable annuities, mutual funds and general securities. His expertise includes branch office supervision and the separation of brokerage activities from registered investment advisory business. Mr. McDonald began his career with NASD in 1971 as an examiner in Boston, MA. In 1984, he was promoted to Assistant Director and then in 2000 promoted again to District Director. District 11 is the third largest district in FINRA serving all of New England and Eastern Canada. District 11 has the largest concentration of mutual fund distributors and insurance company broker-dealers amongst the FINRA District offices. Under Mr. McDonald's supervision, the district investigated and prosecuted numerous mutual fund timing, failure to supervise and rogue registered representative cases. He earned a BA degree in history from Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA, and a MBA from Suffolk University, Boston, MA.