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Kenneth Chenault joins Facebook’s Board

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Kenneth Irvine Chenault, the outgoing CEO of American Express, has agreed to join Facebook’s Board of Directors.

Mark Zuckerberg made the announced on his Facebook page, expressing delight that he has landed Ken after years.

“I’ve been trying to recruit Ken for years. He has unique expertise in areas I believe Facebook needs to learn and improve — customer service, direct commerce, and building a trusted brand. Ken also has a strong sense of social mission and the perspective that comes from running an important public company for decades.

“Adding someone to our board is one of the most important decisions our board makes. It’s a long process that I take very seriously since this is the group that ultimately governs Facebook. Ken and I have had dinners discussing our mission and strategy for years, and he has already helped me think through some of the bigger issues I’m hoping we take on this year.

“Welcome Ken, and I’m looking forward to working with you on our board!”, Zuckerberg posted.

Kenneth Irvine Chenault

Born June 2, 1951, he is an American business executive.

He has been the CEO and Chairmanof American Express since 2001.

He is the third black CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

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