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American Express® is Named to the Latina Style Magazine 50 Best Companies For Latinas to Work For in the U.S. Report
WASHINGTON DC,  August 25, 2010 -- 

American Express Company has been named to the 2010 Latina Style Magazine 50 Best Companies For Latinas To Work For In The U.S. Report – ranking 18 on the list of 50 companies.

“We are honored to be recognized as a top employer by LATINA Style 50,” said Kerrie Peraino, chief diversity officer, American Express. “Our company’s greatest strength is our people. It’s their talent, diversity and commitment that drive our success and we are committed to creating an environment that both attracts the best talent and helps them thrive.”

Now in its 13th year, this annual report sets the standard for identifying corporations that are providing the best career opportunities for Latinas in the U.S. The LATINA Style 50 Report is the most respected evaluation of corporate America’s career advancement opportunities for Latinas. This year, more than 800 of the most prominent corporations in the United States were included in the extensive search.

Companies responding to LATINA Style's questionnaire are evaluated based on issues that LATINA Style readers identified as most important to them in the workplace. Among the principal areas of evaluation are number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, Latina board members, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, dependent/child care support, employee benefits, women’s issues, job retraining, affinity groups and Hispanic relations. Evaluations for the 2010 annual report were based on 2009 data.

“Latinas’ climb to the upper echelons of the corporate ladder has been severely impaired by the harsh economic conditions in today’s market. Their lack of seniority has put them at a disproportionate disadvantage in the implementation of retention efforts,” says Robert E. Bard, President and CEO of LATINA Style, Inc. “We commend the companies that despite the economic and market pressures have made significant efforts to maintain or even increase Latina representation in their upper ranks. We have gone to great lengths to provide a reliable resource for Latinas to evaluate companies, and after a year of research, we firmly believe that the 2010 LATINA Style 50 truly represents some of the best opportunities corporate America has to offer."

An annual awards ceremony honoring the LATINA Style 50 Companies will take place on February 3, 2011, during LATINA Style’s Diversity Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. For more information regarding the LATINA Style 50, please visit the magazine web site at www.latinastyle.com.

About American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, twitter.com/americanexpress and youtube.com/americanexpress.  


Contacts

Joanna Lambert212.640.9668joanna.g.lambert@aexp.com

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