JPMorganVice Chairman James B. “Jimmy” Lee unexpectedly died today, according to a statement from JPMorgan Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon. Lee was 62.
“It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that I inform you that our beloved friend and colleague, Jimmy Lee, unexpectedly passed away this morning,” said JPMorgan Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon in a statement released on Wednesday. “Jimmy was a great friend, leader and mentor to me and so many others.”
“As Vice Chairman of our company and former head of our Investment Bank, Jimmy made an indelible and invaluable contribution to our company, our people, our clients and our industry over his nearly 40 years of dedicated and selfless service. Jimmy was a master of his craft, but he was so much more-he was an incomparable force of nature,” Dimon continued in his statement.
James B. Lee Jr. ran the investment giant’s investment banking arm, and was known for his workon the syndicated loan market among other things, according to CNBC.
Business Insider reports that “Lee joined Chemical Bankas an intern after graduating from Williams Collegein 1975. The interview for the position was actually meant for his then-girlfriend, future wife Elizabeth, but she couldn’t do it so Lee stepped in.He went on to build a successful career at Chemical, which later merged with JPMorgan Chase.”
Lee is survived by his wife Beth, and three children-Lexi, Jamie and Izzy-according to Dimon’s statement.