U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez and American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault to Address Class of 2008

May 09, 2008

American Express Chairman and CEO Kenneth I. Chenault and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez will address members of the class of 2008 at this year's McDonough School of Business commencement ceremonies. Mr. Chenault will address graduates of the School's MBA program on May 16, and Secretary Gutierrez will address the undergraduates on May 17.

Kenneth I. Chenault joined American Express in September 1981 as Director of Strategic Planning, and rose through the ranks to become Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express in 2001. He began his career in corporate law as an attorney with Rogers & Wells from 1977 to 1979. Then, he continued for another two years as a management consultant with Bain & Co., before being recruited by American Express. He has received the Phoenix House Public Service Award, the Corporate Responsibility Award from the International Rescue Committee, and the Wall Street Rising Leadership Award, among others. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Bowdoin College, a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University School of Law School, and is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees from several universities.

Secretary Gutierrez is the 35th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Kellogg Company, he is a core member of President Bush's economic team. He regularly travels internationally to visit with foreign government and business leaders to discuss ways to enhance trade and promote U.S. exports. In 1975 he joined Kellogg as a sales representative. Rising to president and chief executive officer in 1999, he was the youngest CEO in the company's nearly 100-year history. In April 2000, he was named chairman of the board of Kellogg Company. Secretary Gutierrez studied business administration at the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Queretaro, Mexico.

The McDonough School's graduation ceremonies are part of Georgetown University's 209th commencement exercises, scheduled for the weekend of May 15-18, 2008. For more information about these and other commencement activities, visit http://commencement.georgetown.edu/.

About the McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located in the nation's capital. Founded in 1957 to educate undergraduate business students through the integration of liberal arts and professional education, the McDonough School today welcomes approximately 1,300 undergraduates, 620 MBA students, and more than 500 participants in its executive education programs annually. For more information about the McDonough School, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.

About Georgetown University
Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in America, founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Georgetown today is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on its three campuses. For more information about Georgetown University, visit http://www.georgetown.edu.