Chenault, Kenneth

Kenneth Chenault

Chairman And Managing Director, General Catalyst

Retired CEO And Chairman, American Express

KENNETH I. CHENAULT is the chairman and a managing director of the venture capital firm, General Catalyst. Prior to joining General Catalyst, Chenault was chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Company, a position he held from 2001 to 2018. 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. Chenault is recognized as one of the business world’s experts on leadership 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. Chenault serves on the boards of Airbnb, Chief, Facebook, and the Harvard Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the NCAA. Chenault 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 New York University Langone Health. He and his wife, Kathryn, live in New York City, and they have two sons.