Introducing ‘Ken Chenault’ CE0 Master Of American Express
Ken Chenault, CEO of American Express, discusses his leadership challenges and the reasons for American Express’ many successes with a student audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Kenneth Chenault was born on June 2, 1951, in Mineola, New York. He worked as an attorney before transitioning into business, joining American Express in 1981.
Ken Chenault was named CEO of American Express in 2001, becoming one of the first African Americans to hold this position in a Fortune 500 company.
Chenault attended the Waldorf School of Garden City, New York. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in History in 1973. Three years later, he graduated from the Harvard Law School.
Chenault was named president and chief operating officer of American Express. He was named CEO in 2001—becoming one of the first African Americans to lead a Fortune 500 company.