Fresh questions over JP Morgan succession as boss Jamie Dimon recovers from heart surgery

JP Morgan’s chief executive Jamie Dimon is recovering from emergency heart surgery – shining a spotlight on the bank’s succession plans, with a British govt among frontrunners to replace him.

Mr Dimon experienced a tear in his heart’s principal artery, which was detected early and dealt with efficiently, JP Morgan stated.

The 63-calendar year-previous has operate the bank given that 2005, and is the final Wall Street boss standing from just before the fiscal disaster. He is stated to be awake, notify and recovering properly. JP Morgan did not say exactly where he is being dealt with.

The bank’s co-presidents and co-chief operating officers, Daniel Pinto and Gordon Smith, are running JP Morgan as Mr Dimon recovers.

It focuses focus on likely successors for Mr Dimon. As properly as Mr Pinto and Mr Smith they also consist of customer lending boss Marianne Lake, who grew up in the Uk and researched at the College of Looking through.

The 50-calendar year-previous single mother has worked at JP Morgan for 21 many years and was previously finance director.

JP Morgan will now have to weather its most turbulent period of time given that the fiscal disaster devoid of Mr Dimon in cost, as it tries to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus. Its current market benefit has plunged 17pc in the final two months.  

Brian Kleinhanzl, an analyst at KBW, stated: “The base line is that Mr Dimon is frequently considered as a steady hand for the banking industry all through turbulent periods (like we are in now), so not obtaining him at the helm… is a modest unfavorable.”

Mr Pinto, 57, and Mr Smith, 61, are regarded as the most likely successors in the quick term should Mr Dimon phase down.

An Argentine, Mr Pinto has expended his total 37-calendar year occupation at JP Morgan and its predecessor corporations. He oversees the company and financial investment bank and has helped the loan company surge to the prime of Wall Street’s buying and selling and financial investment-banking ranks.

Mr Smith runs the customer bank, which has grown to lead 50 % of the firm’s income and has much more staff members than any other division.

Mike Mayo, an analyst at Wells Fargo, stated: “JP Morgan has a deep administration bench. Even so, [Mr Dimon’s] industry leadership will be skipped all through this disaster-like period of time.”

JP Morgan did not give any guidance on how long Mr Dimon will be away. 

Evaluation by the American Faculty of Cardiology described acute aortic dissection – the affliction produced by Mr Dimon – as “one particular of the most lethal cardiovascular problems”.

It is most widespread in males in their 60s and 70s and the signs can frequently mimic a heart assault.  If dealt with in time, sufferers typically spend a 7 days in clinic followed by quite a few weeks’ restoration at home, according to medics. 

This is Mr Dimon’s second big well being scare. In 2014, he was out of do the