Tuesday will mark the do or die date for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) shareholders and corporate governance issues. The effort to split the role of chairman and chief executive officer from Jamie Dimon has been front and center. Our effort is not just to show both sides of the coin, but we want to know what our readers think in an anonymous poll.
Jamie Dimon has floated the idea that he may consider leaving if his role is split. We noted that one analyst recently signaled a $20 billion or 10% risk that could come out of the stock if Dimon decided to leave the firm if his role is split. We have also warned of a coming activist investor bubble that seems to be forming as activist investors are attacking billions and billions worth of companies if you count the market caps.
Dimon has maintained that the issues behind the London Whale have been resolved. Unfortunately, many top lieutenants have left the firm in recent months. While this may be a sign that things were not as good as some analysts hope, this also has created a bit of a management vacuum and that leaves no heir apparent if Dimon chooses to just leave J.P. Morgan.
Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) has taken sides, saying Jamie Dimon is one of the greatest bank CEOs that exists. Ken Langone, a founder of Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), also has been in full support and said that he would sell J.P. Morgan shares if Dimon leaves. Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) recently talked up its own split role position. The bank said that the split of a chairman and CEO role have worked well for it during the restructuring.
J.P. Morgan remains one of our top banks as one of the seven safest banks in America for 2013. Unfortunately, the London Whale issue and the loss of Jamie Dimon’s ability to speak against regulation and legislation has taken the bank’s leadership role away.
So, tell us what you think in our anonymous poll below.