JPMorgan board gives CEO 1.5 million stock options to stick around

FILE PHOTO: JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon delivers a speech during the inauguration the new French headquarters of JP Morgan bank in Paris
FILE PHOTO: JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon delivers a speech during the inauguration the new French headquarters of JP Morgan bank in Paris, France June 29, 2021. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERS

July 21, 2021

(Corrects in fifth paragraph to state net share gains must be held until 2031, not 2013)

NEW YORK (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co said on Tuesday it has awarded Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon 1.5 million options in the form of stock appreciation rights.

“This special award reflects the board’s desire for Mr. Dimon to continue to lead the firm for a further significant number of years,” the bank’s board said in a filing.

The board considered what it called “the importance of Mr. Dimon’s continuing, long-term stewardship” when approving the reward, which is structured in a way intended to encourage continued good performance.

Dimon, who has led the bank as CEO since December 2005, cannot exercise the options for at least 5 years. Any net shares he gains from the options must be held until 2031, according to the filing.

The reward will vest so long as Dimon remains employed by JPMorgan, or if he leaves the bank for government office or because of a disability, according to the filing.

(Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru and Elizabeth Dilts Marshall in New York; Editing by Chris Reese)