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Kathryn Wikman

JP Morgan Chase & Co
Employee Relations Director
New York, NY, USA


Kathryn Wikman is JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s (JPMC) Global Employee Relations Director and a member of the Human Resources Senior Management team. In this role, Ms. Wikman manages a team of 55 HR professionals who provide employee relations counsel to JPMorgan Chase’s businesses; affirmative action planning and compliance; career services to the firm’s 200,000 employees; diversity planning and programming; and HR policies globally. She also has oversight responsibility for all charges of discrimination filed against JPMC with federal, state and local agencies in the US as well as grievances and other employee complaints around the globe; her team recently implemented a binding arbitration process for JPMC new hires in the U.S.  Ms. Wikman is also responsible for overseeing the HR policy aspects of corporate strategic initiatives including acquisitions, divestitures and outsourcings on a global basis, most recently managing the policy aspects of the acquisitions of Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual.  She was recently named the Human Resources representative to JPMC’s newly-formed PAC Advisory Board.

Prior to joining Employee Relations, Ms. Wikman was an employment attorney in Chase Manhattan Bank’s Legal Department. Before joining Chase, she was associated with the New York and Philadelphia offices of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, practicing in the area of labor and employment law. After law school, she clerked for a federal circuit court judge in Chicago.

Ms. Wikman, who obtained her J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law, is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

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