On a flight back to New York, American Express President, Ed Gilligan, became ill on board and died before reaching his flight’s destination.
The company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ken Chenault, released an announcement about the President’s parting.
In a letter published on Business Wire, Chenault said, “The mark of a true leader is followership, and Ed won the hearts and minds of many thousands. He was a champion of diversity and employee development, and his mentorship has helped create a legacy of strong leaders wherever he went. We mourn his loss, and we will have opportunities to share our memories of him more fully in the coming days. More details will be communicated next week.”