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AmEx appoints Saluzzo, Sathe to key technology positions

american expressAmerican Express announced on Wednesday the appointment of Brian Saluzzo as the senior vice president of global infrastructure, and Nik Sathe as the senior vice president and CTO.

“I am thrilled to have Brian and Nik on board,” American Express CIO and Executive Vice President Marc D. Gordon said. “They bring a wealth of leadership experience and deep technical expertise that will benefit both the Technologies organization and the broader corporation, as American Express continues to deliver innovative solutions that meet the needs of our customers and partners in an increasingly digital world.”

Saluzzo will oversee end-to-end product management, infrastructure risk management, vendor management supporting infrastructure, operational support and joint supervision of IT-related supplier sourcing. He serves as a member of the Technology Executive Team and Global Management Team, and he is also a member of Out on the Street, a leadership and networking group for LGBT leaders in the financial services industry.

Before joining AmEx, Saluzzo began his career at NCR Corp, a former arm of AT&T. He has also served as the managing director and global co-head of technology infrastructure at Goldman Sachs, where he led data strategy.

In his new role as CTO, Sathe will be responsible for technology strategy, shared platform engineering, shared digital and mobile design and engineering and supervision of tech support for mergers and acquisitions. He also serves on the Technology Executive Team and Global Management Team.

Sathe most recently served as the head of product and engineering for the Google Wallet digital payments platform, before which he held leadership roles at PayPal. He also has experience at JPMorgan Chase and other public technology and software companies.

“This is an exciting time at American Express, as our innovative application of technology, particularly in the areas of mobile and big data, continues to drive our business forward with digital products and services that offer unique experiences for customers,” Gordon said, citing such recent innovations as AmEx Sync and Pay with Points. “Challenging work and the opportunity to improve the day-to-day interactions of our customers are helping to make American Express a top place for technical talent at all levels.”

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