Few in-house communicators have the ear and trust of their CEO like Joseph Evangelisti. In addition to being a valued advisor to Jamie Dimon, he has earned a reputation as a straight shooter with staffers, the C-suite, all external shareholders, and the media. That's a good thing when you head up communications for a corporation as scrutinized as JPMorgan Chase, not to mention working with a rather vocal chief executive.
Dimon has loudly griped about financial reform, taking his complaints straight to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in June. With the financial industry still trying to rebuild its reputation, comments like these present a continuous challenge to Evangelisti.
As a member of JPMorgan's Brand Marketing Council, he assumes a key role beyond handling crisis and outreach. And as an advisory board member at Columbia University's master of science in strategic communications program, he imparts his knowledge on tomorrow's PR pros, a sign of true leadership.