American Express seeks Susman’s replacement

American Express is looking for a new head of European public affairs following the promotion of European vice president Sally Susman.

American Express is looking for a new head of European public

affairs following the promotion of European vice president Sally

Susman.



Susman is leaving the job after two and a half years for a new role as

vice president, public affairs international. Based in New York, she

will be responsible for all the company’s public affairs activities

outside the US, with a total staff of around 50 spread across the three

main regions: Europe, Asia and Latin America.



The role has been created as part of American Express’ plan to focus its

efforts on 20 to 25 key markets while withdrawing from issuing cards

directly to clients in the remainder of the 52 countries where it

operates.



A former Senate aide on Capitol Hill, Susman spent three and a half

years with American Express in New York. In 1992 she left to join the

first Clinton administration as deputy assistant secretary for

legislative affairs returning to American Express as vice president,

public affairs for Europe in 1994.



As the company’s top PR executive in Europe, Susman headed a team of 14

people handling media relations, government affairs, internal

communications and sponsorship with a budget estimated at between pounds

1.5 million and pounds 2 million.



It is understood the company is recruiting internally for a successor

and to fill another vacancy created by the departure of Jane Drew, one

of three European public affairs directors reporting to her.



Drew, who handled public relations for the company’s consumer cards,

left to join investment management group Fidelity Investments as head of

UK media relations earlier this month.



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