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American Express appoints NZ Country Manager


American Express appoints NZ Country Manager


Auckland, 4 October 2007 – American Express today announced the appointment of Sue Parkinson as New Zealand Country Manager, and head of the market’s International Consumer and Small Business Services operations.

Ms Parkinson, a New Zealand national who lived in the United Kingdom for the past 18 years, recently relocated to Auckland for the role. She will lead American Express’s consumer and small business card activities in New Zealand, as well as chair the New Zealand executive team.

“We are very fortunate to have such a seasoned and accomplished executive joining us to head up our New Zealand operations. Sue has a keen focus on the customer and has a demonstrated commitment to making her teams successful,” said Mr. Pierric Beckert, Managing Director American Express Australia/New Zealand. “Over the past several years, American Express has invested in innovative new products and capabilities in New Zealand that have helped us to gain share in a highly competitive marketplace. We believe that Sue’s appointment will better position us for continued growth and broaden our executive leadership team.”

Ms Parkinson has extensive experience in multi-country strategic marketing and consulting and has worked for organisations such as Coca-Cola, McKinsey and Company, Rank Hovis McDougall PLC and Nestle. Most recently she consulted to international organisations on brand, marketing research and strategic planning.

American Express (www.americanexpress.co.nz) is a leading global payments, network and travel company founded in 1850.

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