WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today announced Steve Antonakes will serve as acting deputy director while the agency continues its search for a replacement for departing Deputy Director Raj Date.

Date’s last day at the bureau is today. As Antonakes assumes this temporary role, he will maintain responsibility for his current duties as the associate director for supervision, enforcement, and fair lending at the CFPB.

"We will be forever grateful to Deputy Director Raj Date for his tremendous work to protect American consumers,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “As the CFPB's first deputy director, Raj has helped to lead the agency's organizational, strategic, and policy efforts and put in place key new mortgage rules that will benefit all Americans. Although we will miss Raj, he has helped to build a strong, talented team, and I am pleased that Steve will be taking on the role of acting deputy director.”

Date served as the CFPB’s first deputy director, and spent more than two years helping to build the agency, playing a number of key leadership roles within the bureau, including roles as the special advisor to the secretary of the Treasury and as the associate director for research, markets and regulations.

Antonakes’ background includes more than two decades as a financial services regulator. He first joined the CFPB in November 2010 as the assistant director of large bank supervision and was named the associate director for supervision, enforcement, and fair lending in June 2012.