JP Morgan Chase & Co has handed its chief PR and internal communications
role for EMEA to John Anderson following the departure of former PR boss
Anderson - previously Chase Manhattan's head of corporate comms in
Europe and Asia prior to the merger with JP Morgan last year - was
promoted to the role from his previous post as head of media
He replaces Holgate, who left in March just five months after being
appointed MD of communications and marketing for EMEA (PRWeek, 3
Anderson's promotion occurs at the same time as that of Carol Lake,
formerly head of marketing, who becomes managing director for
sponsorship, events and brand advertising.
Both Lake and Anderson report to Walter Goubert, chairman of the global
investment bank and to division heads in the US.
The appointments follow as a result of a communications overhaul
(PRWeek, 23 March), which saw the structure changed to reflect that
already in place in the US. It is believed Holgate left as a result of
JP Morgan Chase & Co global head of media Joe Evangelisti said:
'Christine said she wanted to look outside the firm when we re-aligned
the organisation. We wanted to align communications more closely with
the various business and communications groups in the US.'
In his latest role, Anderson has responsibility for developing and
executing the internal and external communications components of all the
investment banking and capital markets businesses.
He said his department is instrumental in communicating both internally
and externally, the effects of last year's merger.
'Communications has a huge role to play in seeing that each of the
heritage institutions fully understands all the different products and
capabilities that the firm has,' said Anderson. 'Communications is also
very important in seeing to it that the right cultural tone and the
right values are set.'
Anderson joined the then Chase Manhattan eight years ago. Based in the
US, his first position was as manager of the global wholesale bank's PR
In 1997, he became head of media relations for capital markets and
international at Chase, before taking on the firm's first corporate
comms and marketing chief post for EMEA a year later.
Before Chase, Anderson was a senior spokesman and speechwriter for
Citibank's international vice-chairman Bill Rhodes.
JP Morgan Chase & Co is currently selling its upmarket UK banking arm,
Fleming Premier Banking, to Abbey National, which has agreed to pay