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Ken Chenault '73 Fortune's "Leader Machine"

Story posted October 04, 2007

Ken Chenault '73, CEO of American Express, is featured on the cover of the October 1, 2007, issue of Fortune magazine titled, "Special Leadership Report: How to be a Great Leader."

The article, "Leader Machines," notes that Chenault "has built an exceptionally rigorous leadership-development program packed with metrics, incentives, goals, values and calendars."


In an accompanying profile, Chenault speaks of a strategy with dual aspirations: to be one of the most successful companies in terms of financial and business performance, and to be one the most respected and admired companies. To accomplish these goals he says the company needs rationally and emotionally engaged people to be outstanding leaders. Read the profile here.

An impressive display of Bowdoin-bred leadership is evident at the magazine itself. Hugh Wiley '82 is Fortune's publisher and Andrew Serwer '81 is its managing editor. Though they share that connection, Serwer is quick to point out that Chenault was not chosen because of where he went to college, but rather because Chenault "represents all the qualities that make for a great leader and a great CEO.

"The fact that a publisher, an editor and a great business leader all come from a great school like Bowdoin shouldn't surprise us," says Serwer. "That just figures."

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