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Kenneth Cooke

Vice President, American Express

I am a trusted “go-to person” repeatedly tapped by senior leaders for the ability to solve challenges and expedite results. I quickly distill complex data into business insights and actions that transform, turnaround, streamline, and strengthen financial operations to maximize performance and profitability.

Committed to delivering significant impact on profit and growth, I leverage a combination of analytical skills, technology-driven solutions, change management principles, strategically structured teams, and continuous improvement processes that improve P&L and operational performance.

A highly accessible executive and change agent, I am known for creating an open and inclusive environment, aligning financial operations to business strategy. I have been fortunate in my career to be able to mentor colleagues, students, fellow accountants, community business owners, and future leaders with a focus on building trust and engagement through shared goals, open communication, and mutual accountability for excellence.

My Signature Strengths include: • Global Executive Leadership • Organizational Transformation • Financial Operations Expertise • Talent & Team Development • Relationship Management • Corporate Governance

A focused pursuit of excellence spans each role I have held. I thrive on creating pathways to success for individuals, teams, and organizations through an ability to provide strategic direction, make sound decisions, and manage with a cool, calm leadership style.