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Stephen J. Squeri is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express, a leader in global
payments and one of the world’s most respected companies. Since being named to this role in 2018,
Steve has built a culture focused on backing customers, colleagues and communities and has evolved the company’s operating model through an enterprise-wide strategy focused on delivering sustainable, long-term growth.

Under his leadership, American Express has launched innovative payment, financial management and
lifestyle offerings for consumers and businesses, expanded strategic partnerships, enhanced digital
capabilities, reshaped its strategy to drive growth in international markets and became the first foreign
payments network to receive a clearing license in mainland China. Additionally, Steve spearheaded the
development of the company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) framework and established
the Office of Enterprise Inclusion, Diversity and Business Engagement.

Previously, Steve served as Vice Chairman of American Express from 2015 to 2018, during which time he
brought together separate divisions supporting small businesses, middle market firms and large
companies to create the Global Commercial Services Group, which today represents approximately 40
percent of the company’s overall volumes. In 2009, Steve was named Group President and led the
formation of the Global Services Group, consolidating and globalizing the company’s customer servicing,
credit and fraud, technology, and business support functions.


Steve joined American Express in 1985 as a manager in the Travellers Cheque Group and has held a variety of senior roles across the company. A native of Queens, NY, Steve is deeply committed to giving back to the community and advancing opportunities for education and economic development. He serves as the Chair of the Business Roundtable Corporate Governance Committee and on the boards of both his alma maters, Manhattan College and Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School. In addition, he currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Valerie Fund.

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