William B. Harrison, Jr. is an American business executive. He became Chairman of JPMorgan Chase on December 31, 2005, prior to which he had been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since November 2001. Prior to the merger with J.P. Morgan, he had been President and Chief Executive Officer of Chase from June through December 1999, prior to which he had been Vice Chairman of the Board since 1991.
Harrison received an A.B. degree in economics from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s International Senior Management Programme in Switzerland. Harrison is also a director of Cousins Properties, Inc. and Merck & Co., Inc. He is a member of the Board of Overseers and Managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and of the Board of Directors of North Carolina Outward Bound and the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy.