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American Express Names First Black Woman To Executive Committee In 170 Year History

American Express Names First Black Woman To Executive Committee In 170 Year History

Another win for Black women!

Corporate finance giant American Express just appointed the first Black woman to its executive committee in the company’s 170 year history, Black Enterprise reports.

Glenda McNeal is an AMEX veteran who has been with the company for more than 30 years. Currently, McNeal serves as President of Strategic Partnerships for the financial giant, leading strategy and negotiations for various partnerships that span the e-commerce, travel, technology, and retail sectors. Prior to that she worked in a number of capacities including sales and client management, business development, and marketing and strategy, spearheading efforts with key clients for AMEX including Delta, Marriott, Hilton, PayPal and Amazon. 

A Wharton School alum, McNeal has an extensive resume which includes serving on several boards including Nordstrom Inc., RLJ Lodging Trust, the World Travel and Tourism Council, and the United Negro College Fund. She also recently led the “Stand for Small coalition,” an initiative focused on helping small businesses navigating the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a new member of the executive committee, McNeal will bring all of her expertise to the table to help push the company forward. 

Stephen J. Squeri, AMEX Chairman and CEO spoke about McNeal’s appointment, saying, “Having Glenda’s expertise and experience on the Executive Committee will be a huge asset for us. [The current economic challenges are] making it even more important to adapt our leadership structure to the challenges we face so that we can emerge in a stronger position. We must ensure we have the right expertise at the table.” 

McNeal joins fellow appointees Andres Espinosa, Chief Credit Officer for American Express, and Pierric Beckert, President of Global Network Services. “[The appointees will] bring to the Executive Committee invaluable knowledge and experience which are particularly relevant for the times we are in. We will benefit from their diverse perspectives as we navigate through the challenges we face and position our company to win going forward,” Squeri said.

Congratulations Glenda!!

Photo Courtesy of American Express/Black Enterprise