HarbourVest Partners, a global private markets asset manager, has appointed William Royer as a managing director. He also will become chief compliance officer in early June.

In his role, Royer will lead the continued evolution of the firm’s global regulatory compliance program and serve as an adviser to the portfolio construction committee and the conflicts committee.

Royer has nearly 30 years of experience in senior roles focused on compliance and law at both private companies and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to joining HarbourVest, he was chief compliance officer at Vanguard Global Advisors. Prior to Vanguard Global Advisors, Royer was associate regional director for the SEC’s Atlanta office and was assistant director, Office of Chief Counsel for the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations prior to that.