Chamberlin splits from Chase to join Edelman in China

NEW YORK: JPMorgan Chase is experiencing some turnover as the head of external communications for the Chase card division departs to become head of Edelman's Shanghai office.

NEW YORK: JPMorgan Chase is experiencing some turnover as the head of external communications for the Chase card division departs to become head of Edelman's Shanghai office.

David Chamberlin, who was at Bank One until it merged with Chase in 2004, will begin his new post in January. Director of internal communications Paul Hartwick will succeed Chamberlin temporarily.

Fred Hill, the head of communications for JPMorgan Chase, said the company has recently downsized its corporate advertising group and its design group, and cut jobs in the philanthropic area. He added, however, that the communications department is not being downsized.

Melinda McMullen, an SVP of communications and public affairs who is leaving the company at the end of the year, will not be replaced.

When Jamie Dimon takes over as CEO on January 1, Hill will begin reporting to chief strategist Jay Mandelbaum.

"If you look at where [Dimon] has been in his career, he has never had communications report directly to him," said Hill. "Obviously I don't agree with that, but he's the boss."

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