THE boss of Bournemouth’s biggest private sector employer, JP Morgan, is back at work after emergency heart surgery.

Jamie Dimon, the bank’s chairman and chief executive, was recuperating when the coronavirus pandemic turned into the biggest event to hit the global economy in generations.

He told staff in a memo: ““I have been recuperating well and getting stronger every day and I am happy to be back to work this week – albeit working remotely like so many of you.”

He added: “As always, JPMorgan Chase will play its critical part in helping the world recover. Our extraordinary capabilities prepare us for difficult times like this – we will rise to the challenge.”

Mr Dimon, who turned 64 last month, managed the business through the global banking crash of 2008, had surgery on March 5 after suffering a tear in his heart’s main artery. The problem was said to have been spotted early.

JP Morgan employs around 4,000 staff at its offices in Chaseside, Bournemouth.

Mr Dimon visited the site with then-chancellor George Osborne ahead of the European Union referendum in 2016. He warned that up to 4,000 UK jobs could transfer to mainland Europe if Britain left the EU.