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Kenneth Chenault
  Ken Chenault

American Express Chairman/CEO Tackles "Leadership in Challenging Times"

1/28/2009 --

Ken Chenault is featured in Leaders in Thought and Action Speaker Series Feb. 11.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Ken Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express, will speak on "Leadership in Challenging Times" at 5 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Ross School of Business' Blau Auditorium.

The lecture, free to the public, is part of the school's Leaders in Thought and Action Speaker Series.

Chenault joined American Express in 1981 as director of strategic planning. He has held several positions with the company throughout the years, including president and chief operating officer. He assumed his current duties as chairman and CEO in 2001.

Prior to joining American Express, Chenault was a management consultant with Bain & Co. and an attorney with Rogers & Wells.

Chenault serves on the boards of American Express and several other corporate and nonprofit organizations, including IBM, Procter & Gamble, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, the National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the Smithsonian Institution's Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Phoenix House Foundation and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. He also is on the boards of the Partnership for New York City, The Business Council and the Business Roundtable, and serves as vice chairman of each of these organizations.

A wide variety of civic, social service and community organizations have recognized Chenault for his public service leadership. He has received the Phoenix House Public Service Award, Corporate Responsibility Award from the International Rescue Committee and Wall Street Rising Leadership Award, among others. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Chenault has a law degree from Harvard and a bachelor's degree in history from Bowdoin College.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847,