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American Express Company Elects Michael Leavitt to Board of Directors

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American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) today announced that Michael O. Leavitt has been elected to its board of directors.

Governor Leavitt is the founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners where he advises clients on how navigate the health care value economy.

Governor Leavitt served as Governor of Utah from 1993-2003. He joined the Cabinet of President George W. Bush in 2003, serving in two positions: Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (2003-2005) and then as Secretary of Health and Human Services (2005-2009). At HHS he administered a $750 billion budget and 67,000 employees.

“Governor Leavitt has tremendous leadership experience serving as three-time elected Governor of Utah and a track record of building and leading an innovative company that provides strategic counsel to its clients,” said Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and chief executive, American Express. “We are very pleased to welcome a distinguished leader whose government experience and business expertise will be a valuable asset to our company and our board of directors.”

Governor Leavitt is also a member of the board of directors of HealthEquity, Inc. and Medtronic, Inc.

Governor Leavitt is a graduate of Southern Utah University. Among his many accomplishments, he led the implementation of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program which required the design, systematization and implementation of a plan to provide 43 million seniors with a new prescription drug benefit. He also led U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries, conducting negotiations on matters related to health, the environment and trade.

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