JPMorgan appoints top job contenders as co-heads of consumer business

(Reuters) -JPMorgan Chase & Co on Tuesday appointed Marianne Lake and Jennifer Piepszak, largely seen as contenders for the top job at the largest U.S. bank, as co-heads of its consumer and community bank. 

  Lake, the CEO of the bank’s consumer lending arm, and Piepszak, the chief financial officer, will replace Gordon Smith, who is also the chief operating officer of the bank. 

  Smith had recently informed Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon of his decision to retire at the end of this year, the bank said. 

  Lake has long been viewed as a potential successor to Dimon. Lake held the