American Express Names Brian Saluzzo, Nik Sathe in Key Technology Roles
NEW YORK -- February 19, 2014
American Express Company announces two key appointments in its global
Technology organization: Brian Saluzzo, as Senior Vice President, Global
Infrastructure; and Nik Sathe, as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology
Officer (CTO), both reporting to Marc D. Gordon, Executive Vice President and
Chief Information Officer. The appointments were effective in late 2013.
“I am thrilled to have Brian and Nik on board,” said Mr. Gordon. “They bring a
wealth of leadership experience and deep technical expertise that will benefit
both the Technologies organization and the broader corporation, as American
Express continues to deliver innovative solutions that meet the needs of our
customers and partners in an increasingly digital world.”
In his new role as global head of technology infrastructure, Mr. Saluzzo
oversees end-to-end product management, operational support, and
infrastructure risk management, including data center, cloud, and end user
technologies. He has oversight for vendor management supporting
infrastructure, as well as joint oversight of the company’s IT-related
supplier sourcing. He is a member of the Technology Executive Team and serves
on the company’s Global Management Team.
Mr. Saluzzo most recently served at Goldman Sachs as Managing Director and
Global Co-Head of Technology Infrastructure, leading data strategies for the
firm, including big data, storage tiering, infrastructure risk management,
mobile/bring-your-own-device and workplace infrastructure design. He began his
career at NCR Corporation (then a division of AT&T). He holds dual degrees in
computer science and mathematics from the State University of New York’s
College at Geneseo, where he remains active on the board of the Geneseo
Foundation. He also is a board member of Out on the Street, a leadership and
networking organization for LGBT senior leaders in financial services.
In his new role as CTO, Mr. Sathe is responsible for technology strategy,
enterprise architecture and shared platform engineering, combined with shared
digital and mobile design and engineering. In addition, he has oversight for
technology support for mergers and acquisitions and the company’s internal
technical contributor network. He is a member of the Technology Executive Team
and serves on the company’s Global Management Team.
Mr. Sathe most recently led product and engineering efforts for the Google
Wallet digital payments platform. Previously, he held leadership roles at
PayPal, including co-CTO leading the technology organization to transform its
payments platform, as well as interim Vice President for Product Development
overseeing expansion of PayPal’s footprint in digital goods and offline
point-of-sale transactions, and building out the developer API platform. Mr.
Sathe has prior experience at JP Morgan Chase and several start-up and public
technology/software companies. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in
electrical engineering from Lafayette College and serves on the advisory
boards of several technology start-ups and a venture firm.
“This is an exciting time at American Express, as our innovative application
of technology, particularly in the areas of mobile and big data, continues to
drive our business forward with digital products and services that offer
unique experiences for customers,” Mr. Gordon said, citing such recent
innovations as Amex Sync and Pay with Points. “Challenging work and the
opportunity to improve the day-to-day interactions of our customers are
helping to make American Express a top place for technical talent at all
About American Express
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to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business
success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on
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