Jamie Dimon expects the bank to add more jobs in Columbus

Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., met with the Columbus Dispatch at The Joseph in the Short North on July 14.

Back in 2004, when JPMorgan Chase & Co. bought Bank One, Columbus leaders feared the worst: That the deal would mean a loss of jobs for the region.

Instead the opposite happened, and now the bank’s chairman and CEO believes Columbus is on track to one day surpass the 25,000 workers at its headquarters in New York City.

“We have almost 20,000 employees here. It will probably be bigger than our employees in New York in the next five or 10 years,’’ Jamie Dimon told The Dispatch in a wide-ranging interview in Columbus this week.

The bank currently has about 18,000 employees in the region, about half of them at the massive McCoy Center at Polaris. It has other offices in Westerville and Columbus. 

Columbus lost the Bank One headquarters when Bank One acquired First Chicago in 1998 and moved the headquarters there. Chase then bought Bank One in 2004.

“Columbus was still angry about it,” Dimon said.

But as Dimon told Columbus workers at a town hall at the McCoy Center on Tuesday, “Look if we do a good job, we’re going to do a great job in Columbus. Columbus has been a great home.”

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