2022 MATRIX HONOREE

ELIZABETH RUTLEDGE

Chief Marketing Officer, American Express

Elizabeth Rutledge is the Chief Marketing Officer at American Express, overseeing the brand’s global media, communications, sponsorships, experiences and customer insights. She is a member of the company’s Executive Committee and is passionate about providing the “Powerful Backing” of American Express to colleagues and customers around the globe through innovative content and initiatives.

Previously, Elizabeth was Executive Vice President, US Card Products and Benefits and had responsibility for American Express’ Consumer Charge and Lending portfolios, Co-Brand products and Membership Rewards. Prior to that, Elizabeth was Executive Vice President, Global Network Marketing and Information, where she delivered powerful marketing and insights to American Express merchants around the world.

Elizabeth is on the Board of Directors for the Association of National Advertisers, the Ad Council and the YMCA of Greater New York. She is also a member of the Adweek Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. Elizabeth has been recognized as an Adweek 2018 Brand Genius Award winner and was named to AdAge’s “Women to Watch” Class of 2019, The Holmes Report “Influence 100” 2019 list and Brand Innovators “Top 100 Women in Brand Marketing”.

Elizabeth and her husband live in Old Greenwich, CT, and have a daughter. Elizabeth is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MBA from New York University.

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Presenting The Matrix Award to Elizabeth Rutledge
KEN CHENAULT

Chairman & Managing Director, General Catalyst

Ken spent 37 years at American Express, most recently as Chairman and CEO, a position he held from 2001 to 2017. He is also a co-founder of OneTen, a coalition of leading executives coming together to upskill, hire and advance one million Black Americans over the next 10 years into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement. Ken is proud to serve on the boards of Airbnb, Berkshire Hathaway, Chief, Guild Education, and the Harvard Corporation and numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Human Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute Advisory Council at Stanford University. Ken also serves on the board of trustees for NYU Langone Health, and as co-chair of Concordance’s First Chance campaign to end the cycle of reincarceration. 

Ken received a BA in history from Bowdoin College and a JD from Harvard Law School. He and his family live in New York City.

Social Handles: Twitter @ChenaultKen; LinkedIn @ken-chenault 

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