Former CEO of American Express joins Chief's board of directors

Christian Wylonis · June 26, 2019
Ken Chenault
Ken Chenault

Chief, the private network focused on connecting and supporting women leaders, have raised a $22 million series A investment round led by Ken Chenault at General Catalyst and Alexa von Tobel at Inspired Capital. Both Chenault and von Tobel will join Chief's board of directors to help the company expand in New York and open chapters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Washington by the end of 2020.

Chenault spent 37 years at American Express, most recently as Chairman and CEO from 2001 to 2017. He also serves on the boards of Airbnb, Facebook, IBM, Procter & Gamble Company, the Harvard Corporation and numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, the Smithsonian Institution’s Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, and the Bloomberg Family Foundation.

Chief launched in January 2019 with 200 members at a party in New York City and now has a 5,000-person waiting list and nationwide demand. To be accepted, applicants must be C-level or a rising VP. Chief is the only organization designed for women seated at or around the table.

Check out Chief's updated org chart here.


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