Editor’s Note: The David Eccles School of Business is celebrating Black History Month by sharing the successes of Black business leaders who have made big impacts in the business world.

Kenneth Chenault became only the third Black CEOs of a Fortune 500 company when he took the helm of American Express from 2001 to 2018.

He was born in Mineola, New York in 1951 to a dentist father and dental hygienist mother. He was senior class president at the Waldorf School of Garden City. He earned his bach