Jamie Dimon’s first public sighting since he underwent coronary heart surgical procedure three months in the past has resulted in a photograph of him kneeling at a neighborhood Chase department — sparking questions on whether or not he was “taking a knee” in solidarity with widespread racial justice protests.
The 63-year-old CEO of JPMorgan Chase underwent emergency coronary heart surgical procedure on March 5, earlier than the coronavirus crisis escalated, and has been away from the workplace ever since on account of Empire State lockdown orders.
In keeping with a JPMorgan spokesperson, the picture occurred at his native Chase department in Mt. Kisco, NY, and is the results of Dimon’s first interplay along with his workers since his emergency acute aortic dissection.
Sources say Dimon dropped in on the department on Friday whereas sporting a face masks and ended up chatting with 10 staffers there. He fielded questions on matters starting from how he’s feeling post-surgery to how small enterprise purchasers are faring within the space, and congratulated the Mt. Kisco department on staying open all through the pandemic.
In some unspecified time in the future throughout the impromptu powwow, the person typically known as “America’s Banker” dropped to at least one knee alongside 5 different masked workers members. 5 extra staffers stood behind them in entrance of the financial institution’s large vault, whereas one other staffer took the picture.
Chase declined to touch upon whether or not Dimon’s kneel was a present of help for protests which have engulfed America following the dying of George Floyd by the hands of Minneapolis Police. Footage of the arrest reveals an officer kneeling on the neck of an unarmed Floyd for greater than eight minutes.
Earlier this week, Dimon issued a press release in help of the protests.
“Allow us to be clear — we’re watching, listening and wish each single certainly one of you to know we’re dedicated to preventing in opposition to racism and discrimination wherever and nonetheless it exists,” he wrote as a part of his memo to workers.
Dimon, who has been working from dwelling since early April, is returning to an financial system crushed by widespread lockdowns. However he appeared to foretell a fast return to normalcy final week throughout a digital monetary convention held by Deutsche Financial institution.
“You could possibly see a reasonably speedy restoration,” Dimon stated on the time, citing authorities stimulus and reopening the patron financial system as a potent mixture.