Joanna Lambert, VP of corporate and financial communications at Amex, would not break down how the reductions would impact staffing or initiatives in the PR area. But, despite these cuts, she said via e-mail, that PR is still important for the company.
"The corporate affairs and public relations functions were not the focus of the reengineering efforts," Lambert wrote to PRWeek. "Given the challenging economic environment, we have significantly reduced expenses across the business. However, we continue to focus on both core and new public relations programs that support the American Express brand and our business activities worldwide."
Lambert also couldn't discuss the details of the company's relationships with PR firms, but said Amex will work with firms going forward.
"We continue to work in partnership with PR firms where appropriate to support the American Express brand and our business activities worldwide," she wrote.