Ken Chenault

Ken Chenault

“GC is comprised of mission-driven people who approach their work with passion, energy, and commitment. These are the characteristics I admire most about our team because they align with my own values and work ethic. We take a long-term view of building businesses and together we have the opportunity to build companies that can have a very real, positive impact on society.”

At General Catalyst, I am most interested in identifying companies with breakout characteristics, including those that are scaling quickly and have the potential to become significant, global institutions. I also work closely with our portfolio companies, particularly those with an eye towards global markets and responsible innovation, as they scale their teams and products.

I spent 37 years at American Express, most recently as Chairman and CEO, a position I held from 2001 to 2017. I am also proud to serve 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 National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Human Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute Advisory Council at Stanford University.

I received a BA in history from Bowdoin College and a JD from Harvard Law School. My family and I live in New York City.

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