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A Tribute to Kenneth Chenault

A Tribute to Kenneth Chenault

Kenneth Chenault, visionary leader of American Express since 2001, announced his intention to retire in early 2018.  One of the few African American CEOs of a major corporation, Chenault has served as a role model to the members of the National Black MBA Association and to many other professionals of color during his tenure.  He has consistently exhibited the traits that are key to great transformative leader and has shown a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility.  This latter commitment was brilliantly displayed when he helped to raise over $300 million for the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Chenault’s belief in social responsibility was reflected in his work he served as National Board Chair of Junior Achievement USA.  During his tenure, the National Black MBA Association Chapters partnered with school systems across the United States to sponsor Junior Achievement programs.  As a result, Mr. Chenault attended our 1993 National Conference and Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia to formally sign a partnership agreement between the two organizations. Chenault’s passionate support influenced the expansion of Junior Achievement Programs throughout the NBMBAA Chapter network.

The NBMBAA salutes Kenneth Chenault for his exemplary leadership demonstrated in his role as CEO of American Express and for his commitment to social responsibility!

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