Last updated: 12:20 PM ET, Sun May 31 2015

Ed Gilligan, President of American Express, Dies

Impacting Travel | Claudette Covey | May 31, 2015

Ed Gilligan, President of American Express, Dies

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Ed Gilligan, president of American Express, died after becoming ill on a corporate jet en route from Japan to New York.

Gilligan, 55, began his career at American Express in 1980 as an intern, becoming vice chairman of the company in 2007. He assumed the role of president in 2013.

“His contributions have left an indelible imprint on practically every area of our business, from Commercial Card and Travel to International, Consumer, Small Business, Merchant Services, Network Services and, most recently, the group forging our digital partnerships and driving payment innovations,” said Kenneth I. Chenault, American Express’ chairman and CEO in a letter to the company’s employees.

“Ed was a living embodiment of our values, embracing both our heritage of service, trust and integrity, as well as our entrepreneurial spirit that has helped continually transform this company through the years,” he continued.

Gilligan is survived by his wife Lisa and their four children, Katie, Meaghan, Kevin, and Shane.

“He was a champion of diversity and employee development, and his mentorship has helped create a legacy of strong leaders wherever he went,” said Chenault. “We mourn his loss, and we will have opportunities to share our memories of him more fully in the coming days.”


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