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Southern Glazer's Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series

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Dean John Quelch
and the
Miami Herbert Business School
cordially invite you to

A Fireside Chat with Ken Chenault, Chairman and Managing Director, General Catalyst and Former Chairman and CEO, American Express


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Kenneth I. Chenault
Chairman and Managing Director
General Catalyst

Kenneth I. Chenault is the Chairman and a Managing Director of the venture capital firm, General Catalyst.  As a managing director of the firm, he focuses on investing in fast-growing companies that have the potential to become large, fundamental institutions. He also provides invaluable guidance to portfolio companies,  particularly to those with an eye towards global markets and responsible innovation, as they scale their teams and products.  As chairman, Ken leverages his renowned leadership abilities and experience to continue to evolve General Catalyst into a formidable and enduring firm.

Prior to joining General Catalyst, Ken was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express  Company, a position he held from 2001 to 2018. He joined American Express in 1981 as Director of  Strategic Planning and served subsequently in a number of increasingly senior positions, including Vice  Chairman and President and Chief Operating Officer until his appointment as CEO. Under his leadership,  American Express built one of the world’s largest customer loyalty programs – Membership Rewards – and earned global recognition as a leader in customer service. Upon Ken’s retirement from American Express,  Warren Buffett, the company’s largest shareholder stated, “​Ken's been the gold standard for corporate  leadership and the benchmark that I measure others against.”

Ken is recognized as one of the business world’s experts on brands and brand management. He has been honored by multiple publications including ​Fortune Magazine​, which named him as one of the World’s 50  Greatest Leaders in its inaugural list in 2014. Ken serves on the boards of Airbnb, Chief, Facebook, Guild Education, and the Harvard Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the NCAA. Ken is on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Advisory Council for the National Museum of African  American History and Culture, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Bloomberg Philanthropies,  the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute Advisory Council at Stanford University. He also serves on the board of trustees for NYU Langone Health.

Ken holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in history from Bowdoin College.  He has also received honorary degrees from several universities and awards from a wide variety of civic, social service, and community organizations.

He and his wife, Kathryn, live in New York City, and they have two sons.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
6:00 p.m.


Storer Auditorium
Miami Herbert Business School
5250 University Drive, Coral Gables, Florida

The Miami Herbert Business School would like to extend a special thank you to
Southern Glazer’s, the Exclusive Sponsor of the
Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series

Cocktail and Networking Reception Immediately Following 

Space is limited. Valet parking available for $10 or
self-park and pay via Pay-by-Phone.

For more information, contact Blanca Ripoll at (305) 284-5206.

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