JPMorgan Japan appoints former ambassador

The bank appoints Christopher J LaFleur to head up government relations and its corporate and social responsibility programme in Japan.
JPMorgan announced Tuesday that the former US ambassador to Malaysia, Christopher J LaFleur, has been named vice-chairman and head of government relations and corporate responsibility for Japan.

The move demonstrates that JPMorgan Securities Japan is ramping up its corporate and social responsibility (CSR) programme in Japan, which is felt to be lagging JPMorganÆs efforts in the rest of the world, a bank spokesperson said. LaFleur will therefore be giving as much weight to CSR as to government relations.

LaFleur was a career civil servant who joined the US Foreign Service in 1973. He reportedly speaks good Japanese and was previously in Tokyo between 1997 and 2001, during which time he was deputy chief of mission, which is number two to the ambassador. He has represented the State Department in consultations on the future of the US alliance with Japan and South Korea. His assignments include posts at the United Nations, as well as in Taipei, Paris and Sapporo.

LaFleur is the only vice-chairman in Japan at JPMorgan and will report to Greg Guyett, president and CEO.
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