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Vis Raghavan


HE WORKS at the top for one of the world’s best-known banks – JP Morgan – and while a few may shake their heads as environmental activists – Vis Raghavan is one of the most friendly, approachable and articulate men you could hope to meet.

In 2019, he was awarded the Man of the Year at the GG2 Leadership Awards for the way he has led the bank and his own personal rise from engineering on the factory floor to one of the pinnacle positions in the sector.

Of course, talking to the GG2 Power List, the CEO of JP Morgan in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and last Spring appointed, co-head of Global Investment Banking (along with Jim Casey), is going to draw up a shield – but it doesn’t seem like it. Far from it, Raghavan is open, interesting and humble.

Environmental activists critical of JP Morgan backing clients whose business interests are not the greenest – should be prepared to listen to Raghavan at the very least. He is down to earth and clearly a skilled operator.

The bank’s appointment of Chuka Umunna, the former prominent Shadow Labour MP and Liberal Democrat candidate at the last General Election in 2019 – as an advisor, appeared a deft move. Umunna, a former City employment lawyer, will in the newly created role, advise on the bank’s European environmental, social and governance policy.

Raghavan was quoted in a Financial Times report, as saying that Umunna would oversee pretty much everything the bank did. “Clients are looking at how they may need to adapt their business models,” it quoted him saying in relation to the environmental agenda, according to the JP Morgan statement on Umunna.

Raghavan is eminently adaptable and flexible and the bank’s success during the pandemic is partly

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