American Express names Denise Pickett new Canadian President & CEO

    MARKHAM, ON, April 11 /CNW/ - Denise Pickett has been named to the
position of President and Chief Executive Officer, Amex Bank of Canada and
Amex Canada Inc.
    In her new capacity, Ms. Pickett will head the Canada Executive Team and
directly manage the Canadian Consumer Card and Small Business Services,
leading the company's marketing, acquisition, product development, and
insurance areas. She will also chair of the board of directors of Amex Bank of
    A native of Toronto, Ms. Pickett is based in the Markham office and will
report to Doug Buckminster, Regional President, Latin America/Caribbean/Canada
for American Express.
    "I am excited that Denise is heading up the Canadian business. She is a
strong, homegrown leader with a proven track record of driving business
growth," says Mr. Buckminster. "The Canadian market is a very important one
for American Express as we continue to grow our international business. Denise
is well versed in developing and executing solid customer focused marketing
and business propositions, and American Express Canada will benefit from her
strategic expertise."
    Ms. Pickett has been with American Express for 15-years, most recently as
Vice President, Marketing and Strategy for Global Commercial Card. She has a
tremendous amount of experience in the Commercial Card business, as well as in
the Consumer business where she held a series of senior positions in Loyalty &
Retention, New Product Development, Strategic Planning, and Small Business
    She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Schulich
School of Business at York University and an Honours Bachelors degree from the
University of Toronto.

    American Express in Canada operates as Amex Canada Inc. and Amex Bank of
Canada. 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 Canada Inc. operates the Business Travel,
Travel Services Network and Travellers Cheques divisions in Canada. Amex Bank
of Canada is the issuer of American Express Cards in Canada. American Express
opened its first offices in Toronto and Hamilton in 1853 and now employs more
than 3,700 Canadians coast-to-coast.

For further information:

For further information: For media information contact: Jennifer Brown,
Public Affairs & Communications, American Express Canada, (905) 474-8461,

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