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Mel Martinez hired by JPMorgan Chase

Former U.S. Senator Mel Martinez has been hired by JP Morgan Chase as chairman of Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

Martinez, elected in 2004 and announced his retirement last year from the U.S. Senate, will serve on the firm's executive committee and be the firm's senior executive in Florida and the region.

"I’m thrilled to accept this new challenge and look forward to building upon the reputation of this premier financial services company,” said Martinez, who will be based in Orlando in a press release. “The firm is a global leader, and it’s an honor to take on this role in Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.”

Martinez was the first Cuban-American elected to the Senate.