News Archive 2009-2018

Former American Express CEO Ken Chenault ’73, H’96 Talks Leadership and Success on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Archives

Ken Chenault ’73, H’96, panelist in The Power of the Liberal Arts Symposium during the inauguration of President Clayton Rose in 2015.


Ken Chenault ’73, H’96, long a respected leader in the business world, stepped down this year as chairman and CEO of American Express.

After thirty-seven years at the company—the last seventeen in the corner office—Chenault had become a “rockstar to the green-card faithful,” notes CBS Sunday Morning in a profile.

Watch the segment, which includes mention of Chenault’s alma mater and praise for Chenault from his friend of twenty years, Warren Buffett, American Express’s largest shareholder.

In January 2018, Facebook announced it had appointed Chenault to its board of directors (where he joins Netflix cofounder and CEO Reed Hastings ’83); he has also joined the board of Airbnb.