Big Easy Decision: Former JP Morgan Leader Turns Page to Next Chapter
By Dave Hendrick
Kevin Waters (MBA ’94) accomplished a lot during his tenure at JP Morgan Chase, with stints leading critical divisions such as internet banking, mortgage banking and, most recently, the Chase credit card business.
After 18 years, however, Watters was ready for a lifestyle change that would allow him to spend more time with his family; so, Watters surprised many by retiring from Chase with plans to move to New Orleans. In an alumni profile on the University of Virginia Darden School of Business website’s The Network section, Watters discussed his next steps and looked back at his career with the bank.
Watters said he honestly hasn’t thought about what’s next in his career. Instead, he’s focused on taking at least a year off while the family remains in New York until his two youngest finish high school. During that time, he said he’ll take on more family responsibilities, help coach a local running team and spend more time with the family at their second home in New Orleans.
Watters looks back at his time at JPMorgan fondly. He’s most proud of the talented people he helped bring to the bank.
“When I look around at key leadership positions in Chase and throughout the firm, I’ve been able to recruit and train and retain some very talented individuals,” Watters said. A member of Darden’s Corporate Advisory Board, he credits the School with helping him become a critical thinker and understand how an area like talent development is essential to the success of the whole enterprise.
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