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JPMorgan bankers thrown into awkward race to succeed Jamie Dimon

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JPMorgan Chase is bending over backwards to show that a pair of bankers racing to succeed Jamie Dimon are happy with the arrangement — but not everybody on Wall Street is buying it.

Marianne Lake and Jennifer Piepszak — who last week were named co-heads of the mega-bank’s consumer lending and community banking businesses, effectively launching a contest to decide its next chief executive — appeared in a Zoom town hall broadcast last Thursday as a few hundred of JPMorgan’s top bankers looked on, sources told The Post.

Seated next to each other at the mega-bank’s headquarters at 270 Park Ave. in Midtown Manhattan, the top-ranking finance execs — each of them 51 years old — were chummy and chatty, kept the conversation light and touched on how they were even friends socially, according to a source close to JPMorgan.

Jennifer Piepszak sits with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon.AP Images for JPMorgan Chase & C

“We’ve been close colleagues for over 15 years,” Piepszak told employees at the meeting, according to the source. “We take barre class together.” Lake quickly added that Piepszak was far better at the ballet fitness class