Kenneth I. Chenault

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Kenneth I. Chenault is former "president and chief operating officer of American Express. He earned his A.B. from Bowdoin College in 1973 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1977.

"Mr. Chenault joined American Express in 1981 as director of Strategic Planning. He was named president of the Consumer Card Group in 1989, and president of American Express Travel Related Services in the U.S. in 1993, 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 assumed additional responsibility for TRS International in April of that year. As vice chairman, he also joined the Office of the Chief Executive (OCE), the company's senior-most management group. In February of 1997 he was named president and chief operating officer, and was elected to serve as a member of the American Express Board of Directors. Prior to joining American Express, Mr. Chenault was a management consultant with Bain & Co and was an associate with the law firm of Rogers & Wells.

"Mr. Chenault serves on the Boards of the American Express Company, Quaker Oats Company, Brooklyn Union Gas Company, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NYU Medical Center, Phoenix House, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member emeritus of the Bowdoin College Board of Overseers." [1]

Kenneth is married to Kathryn C. Chenault.

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  1. enneth I. Chenault, Top Blacks, accessed November 24, 2007.
  2. Board of Directors, Partnership for New York City, accessed December 28, 2007.
  3. Bloomberg Philanthropies Board, organizational web page, accessed May 12, 2020.