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Suzan Kereere

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Merchant Services
American Express
Susan Kereere

Suzan Kereere is an innovative business leader with more than 20 years of experience in the global payments sector. She now leads the team that manages American Express relationships with merchants at the national level. Her business segment covers a diverse set of merchants, ranging from medical supply companies to luxury retailers to supermarkets. Kereere and her team are responsible for not only creating a satisfactory card acceptance experience for their merchants, but also designing innovative solutions to drive growth and profitability for all. Under her leadership, the team has been recognized for its ability to transform partnerships, executing deals such as a first-of-its-kind multibillion dollar jet fuel purchasing program that allows airlines to purchase jet fuel via buyer initiated payments (BIP); adding Pay with Point capabilities in taxis, McDonald’s and Best Buy; and launching American Express Checkout for online purchases at Newegg, Tory Burch and Gap. Previously, Kereere led the American Express Global Network Business. With a team of more than 500 employees in 21 markets, she was responsible for monetizing network assets and developing emerging technologies. She was the driving force behind the American Express decision to launch EMV smart card technology in the United States and several other digital pilot launches, ensuring American Express was ahead of the competition and creating a foundation for future innovation. Earlier in her career, Kereere held senior executive roles across the company’s global operations and has worked in both Europe and Asia. She also co-led the American Express European Diversity Council and Women’s Interest Networks. Outside of American Express, she is a member of the board of the New York chapter of the Red Cross, Zawadi Africa Education Fund and Dataposit, a technology start-up in Africa. Kereere holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tufts University.

 

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