Undergraduate Commencement at UMass Amherst will feature a keynote address by Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express Company, to the 5,500 graduates and their families and friends.Chenault will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the ceremony. Chenault joined American Express in 1981 and became president and chief operating officer in 1997. He assumed his current responsibilities as CEO in 2001, and later that year became chairman.
Chenault serves on the board of corporate and nonprofit organizations including IBM, Procter & Gamble, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the Smithsonian Institution’s Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. He is also a member of the Business Council and serves on the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable.