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April 8, 2013

JPMorgan Works to Avert Split of Chief and Chairman Roles

“JPMorgan Chase is working behind the scenes to avert a major potential embarrassment.

In anticipation of a crucial vote at next month’s annual meeting, board members are planning to sit down with some of the bank’s biggest shareholders to make their case that JPMorgan’s influential chief executive, Jamie Dimon, should keep his chairman title, according to several people briefed on the plans.

The campaigning, which shareholders indicate is unusually proactive this year, reflects the growing worries within JPMorgan that investors may be dissatisfied with management because of the continuing fallout from a multibillion-dollar trading debacle.

In the past, such investors say they usually received only a phone call from executives in the investor relations department or met with them in person. Along with director meetings, the company this year is also contacting smaller shareholders who previously might not have heard from the big bank at all.”

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