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American Express Welcomes New Chief Diversity OfficerJennifer Christie announced as Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Global Executive Recruitment
NEW YORK,  March 10, 2011 -- 

American Express today announced the appointment of Jennifer Christie as the company's Chief Diversity Officer, overseeing the Global Diversity and Inclusion team. Christie also serves as Vice President of Global Executive Recruitment, a combination that will enable American Express to further drive diversity at all levels of the organization.

As the Chief Diversity Officer, Christie will be charged with ensuring that American Express remains an employer of choice, attracts and retains the best talent, and better understands the diverse American Express employee and customer base. American Express, one of the first companies to make a commitment to diversity nearly three decades ago, strives to create an employee base that reflects the customer base and enables innovation, progress and success by welcoming a diversity of thinking and backgrounds.

"We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer to our Diversity team," said Gabriella Giglio, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, American Express. "Given the role's focus on talent, we saw a unique opportunity to build upon our momentum to enhance American Express' internal and external employer brand. Jennifer brings the perfect mix of experience and passion to lead our diversity efforts."

The work undertaken by the Diversity and Inclusion team at American Express has led to a variety of industry awards and recognitions; the establishment of American Express' patent-pending Diverse Marketplace Intelligence system that uses data derived from our diversity initiatives to help develop and market American Express products and services; and the inspiration and development of research tied to Sponsorship, a critical relationship in career advancement.

"I am very excited to take on this new challenge," said Christie. "The work that we have been doing is truly leading the industry and I am looking forward to continuing that work and developing it in a new way as our business, marketplace and employee culture continue to change."

Some of the initiatives currently being undertaken by Christie's team include BlueWork, a transformation of American Express' work spaces to enable greater employee flexibility and space and resource efficiency, and Women in the Pipeline and at the Top, an effort to gain greater representation of women at the most senior levels of the organization.

Christie succeeds Kerrie Peraino, who held the position of Chief Diversity for three years. During that time, Peraino introduced several programs including a co-authored study with the Center for Work-Life Policy on sponsorship that was published by The Harvard Business Review and the international expansion of American Express' diversity initiatives. Peraino has been promoted to Senior Vice President of International Human Resources & Global Employee Relations at American Express

Prior to joining American Express last year, Christie was a member of the Global Technology & Services practice at a leading executive search firm; a special assistant to the President of the United States in the Office of Presidential Personnel responsible for recruiting presidential appointees for management, legal, policy, legislative and external affairs, communications and diversity offices; and an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in their organizational design and change management practice. Christie received a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree from The George Washington University.

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