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Chairman and CEO American Express Kenneth Chenault to Deliver 140th Commencement Address

Washington, D.C. (April 29, 2008) - American Express Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth I. Chenault is the 2008 Commencement Convocation orator for Howard University's 140th graduating class on Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. on the Upper Quadrangle of the main campus. The outstanding leader will receive a Special Citation of Achievement for his exemplary contributions in the field of business.

Chenault joined American Express in September 1981 as Director of Strategic Planning. After years of progressive appointments including President of the Consumer Card Group in 1989 and President of Travel Related Services (TRS) in 1993, Chenault was named President and Chief Operating Officer in February 1997. He assumed his current responsibilities as CEO on January 1, 2001 and as Chairman on April 23 of that year.

Prior to American Express, Mr. Chenault was a management consultant with Bain & Co. from 1979 to 1981, and an attorney with Rogers & Wells from 1977 to 1979. He serves on the boards of several corporate and nonprofit organizations, including IBM, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, the Smithsonian Institution’s Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History & Culture and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.

A decade ago, Chenault was awarded an honorary degree by Howard University during the 1998 commencement exercises. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a BA in history from Bowdoin College, and a recipient of a number of honorary degrees from several universities.

WHAT: Howard University's 140th Commencement Exercise
WHEN: Saturday, May 10, 2008, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Howard University, Upper Quadrangle of Main Campus (6th and Howard Place, NW), Washington, D.C.

Note to the Media: Please be advised that media coverage must be coordinated by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2008. Media should report to Gate #4, located at 4th and College Streets, NW, between 7:30 - 8 a.m. All broadcast media must be stationary by 8 a.m.


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