Gary L. Crittenden
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, American Express Company
Creating a flexible organization
Gary assumed this position in June 2000. In this role he serves as a key advisor on strategic and financial matters worldwide, and represents American Express to investors, lenders and rating agencies.
Gary is a member of the American Express Global Leadership Team, the company’s senior-most management group.
Prior to joining American Express, Gary was chief financial officer of Monsanto and Sears Roebuck & Company.
He began his career in consulting at Bain & Company, where he worked on a range of strategic projects in the United States and Germany.
Gary serves on the board of directors of Staples, the TJX Companies, and the Utah Capital Investment Corporation.
He holds a BS degree in Management from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Gary will discuss how the use of flexibility planning, a liquidity strategy and investment optimization allows American Express to quickly capitalize on growth opportunities, or pull back on spending, as changes in the business environment occur.