American Express Global Business Travel Announces General Manager for Canada

Colin Temple to Lead Corporate Travel Business in Canada

TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - American Express Global Business Travel today announced the appointment of Colin Temple to the position of Vice President and General Manager leading Global Business Travel in Canada.  Mr. Temple will report into Tom Bligh, Senior Vice President and General Manager Americas, American Express Global Business Travel.

A 20-year veteran of American Express, Mr. Temple has held several executive positions in the UK, US and Canada.  Over the course of his career, Mr. Temple has distinguished himself by devising and executing business development strategies in dynamic business environments.  Prior to his new role, Mr. Temple served as head of American Express' Merchant Services Business in Canada where he was responsible for record results in account retention and new merchant signings, including iconic Canadian brands.  Mr. Temple has also held a number of external board positions including the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau and LA Inc.

"The Canadian market is a critical one for American Express Global Business Travel where we provide innovative and dynamic solutions to customers with local and global business needs," says Tom Bligh, Senior Vice President and General Manager Americas, American Express Global Business Travel. "Colin is a seasoned leader with an excellent track record in driving transformation and growth and we are very excited to have him join the team to lead our efforts in Canada."

Mr. Temple will continue to be based in Toronto and will officially assume his new role on January 2, 2013.

About American Express Global Business Travel

Positioned at the intersection of commerce and travel, American Express Global Business Travel offers its customers a comprehensive network, dependability, and deep insights to help move people and businesses forward. American Express Global Business Travel provides leading travel solutions, integrated consulting services, proprietary research, and end-to-end meetings and events capabilities. These innovative offerings enable clients to optimize the return on their travel and meetings investments. Learn more at www.americanexpress.com/businesstravel.

American Express Global Business Travel is part of one of the world's largest travel agency networks with locations in over 140 countries worldwide. Total travel sales volume processed in 2011 was $29.3 billion, including consolidated volume and non-consolidated volume processed through joint ventures and its partner network.

About American Express Canada

American Express in Canada operates as Amex Bank of Canada and Amex Canada Inc. Both are wholly owned subsidiaries of the New York based American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., the largest operating unit of the American Express Company. Amex Bank of Canada is the issuer of American Express charge and credit cards, with outstanding products like the American Express® Gold Rewards Card, the Platinum Card®, the American Express AeroplanPlus® Gold Card. Amex Canada Inc. operates the Corporate Travel and Travellers Cheques divisions in Canada. American Express opened its first offices in Toronto and Hamilton in 1853 and now employs 3,700 Canadians coast-to-coast. For more information, visit AmericanExpress.ca or connect with us at Facebook.com/AmericanExpressCanada.

SOURCE: American Express

For further information:

Keri MacLellan, American Express Canada, (905) 474-8850
keri.a.maclellan@aexp.com

Amanda Frehr-Smith, American Express Canada, (905) 474-8747
amanda.frehr-smith@aexp.com