Black Excellence: The Success Journey Of Anré Williams, CEO Of American Express National Bank

Black American Anré Williams is the CEO of American Express National Bank. In his office, he oversees all aspects of the company’s U.S. banking operations. His group delivered roughly 60% of the company’s $36 billion revenue in 2020.

Also, Williams is the group president of Amex’s Enterprise services and runs the company’s technology, analytics, customer service, travel, and real estate teams. He is also a board member of Illinois Tool Works, The Wharton School, and the USA Track & Field Foundation.

He previously served as the Group President of American Global Merchant & Network Services (GMNS) which is responsible for managing relationships with millions of merchants globally that accept American Express Cards, as well as the company’s payments network, bank partnerships, international loyalty coalition programs, and relationships with its largest strategic partners, Williams’ bio by American Express says.
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Also, he served as a divisional vice president of American Express’ Corporate Payments organization and rose to become the President, Global Corporate Payments in 2007, responsible for marketing American Express’ commercial payment products to mid-size and large companies around the world.

In November 2011, he was appointed President of Global Merchant Services. He became Group President, GMNS, and a member of the company’s Executive Committee in February 2018.

Besides his role at American Express National Bank and Amex’s Enterprise services, Williams also serves on several boards. Apart from being a board member of Illinois Tool Works Inc., he serves as Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement of New York, Inc.

Williams is also the founder of Executive Black Engagement Network (BEN) aimed at creating a more inclusive society in corporate America. BEN comprises 55 members of American Express’ most senior Black executives globally.

Forbes recently named him on its Inaugural CEO Next List, which highlighted 50 business leaders and executives who stand on the cusp of running America’s most influential and respected companies. Also, Williams was in Savoy Magazine’s 2018 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America list.

Williams attended Stanford University where he obtained his BA. He proceeded to Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to obtain his MBA in Marketing.

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