Kenneth I. Chenault | Business Roundtable


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Kenneth I. Chenault is President and Chief Executive Officer of American Express Company.

Mr. Chenault joined American Express in 1981 as Director of Strategic Planning. In 1989, he was named President of the Consumer Card Group. In 1993, Mr. Chenault was promoted to President of American Express Traven Related Services (TRS) in the United States, with responsibility for the Consumer Card Group, Consumer Financial Services, Travel Services Group and Establishment Services. He was named Vice Chairman of American Express Company in January 1995, and he assumed additional responsibility for TRSInternational in April of that year. In February 1997, Mr. Chenault was named President and Chief Operating Officer. He assumed his current responsibilities as CEO on January 1, 2001. 

Prior to joining American Express, Mr. Chenault was a management consultant with Bain & Co. He previously was an associate with the law firm of Rogers & Wells. Mr. Chenault serves on the boards of American Express Company and IBM. He is also a board member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Foundation, Mount Sinai-NYU Medical Center and Health System, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. In addition, he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board, Harvard Law School, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Chenault has received numerous awards from a wide variety of civic, social service and community organizations, as well as a number of honorary degrees. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in History from Bowdoin College. Mr. Chenault and his wife Kathyrn, live in New York State with their two children.