Business 100 - 2008

Kelly, Alfred

Alfred F. Kelly, Jr./American Express Company

In June 2007, Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. became President of American Express Company.

In this role, Kelly works closely with the company’s Chairman and CEO on developing the strategic direction for American Express and determining key policies affecting the company overall. Prior to that, Kelly served as Group President at American Express.  Kelly joined the company’s Strategic Planning department in 1987.

Before that, he was head of Information Systems at The White House. He also held positions in Information Systems and Strategic and Financial Planning at Pepsi Co. Kelly serves on the Board of Directors of The Hershey Company and Concern Worldwide USA. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York Presbyterian Hospital, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was for 13 years a Trustee of Iona College. He received a BA (Summa Cum Laude) and MBA with Honors from Iona College. A second-generation Irish-American with roots in Cork, Kelly resides in New York’s Westchester County with his wife and their five children.