Amex Canada Inc. Tuesday announced the promotion of two senior managers to key executive positions. Michael Bingham has been named Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Services. Peter Drutz has been appointed to the newly created position of Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Travel Services Network (TSN).
Mr. Bingham will head Amex’s Canadian Corporate Services strategy by directing all aspects of its Corporate Travel, Corporate Card and Purchasing Card businesses. This position is key to continuing the success and growth of Amex Canada as the market leader in corporate travel and expense management.
Mr. Drutz will directly manage Amex’s retail travel service network in Canada. He will also be actively involved at an international level, providing strategic development counsel on the company’s aggressive global travel network expansion initiative to grow from 1,700 to 5,000 travel offices worldwide.
! Both Mr. Bingham and Mr. Drutz have a long history with American Express.
Mr. Bingham joined Amex in 1986 and has held progressively responsible positions in the company’s finance and travel areas. Most recently, he was Vice President in charge of business travel centre operations, management information systems, account administration and supplier relations.
Mr. Drutz joined American Express in 1982 and has held several key management positions in the company’s human resources and travel areas. Most recently, his leadership responsibilities included product development, support and training, along with general management accountability for Amex Canada’s 80 retail travel offices coast-to-coast.
Alan Stark, President of Amex Canada Inc., says the track records of Mr. Bingham and Mr. Drutz are impressive. “1998 was a record year of growth for Amex Canada. This was in large part due to the success of our corporate and consumer travel businesses and, in particular, the result of the strong leadership given by Mike and Peter. The fact that they have been chosen to take on even larger roles in these key areas for Amex, both in Canada and internationally, further speaks to their leadership capabilities,” says Stark.
American Express in Canada operates as Amex Canada Inc. and Amex Bank of Canada. Amex Canada Inc. is a leading provider of travel related services in Canada and assists companies in managing and controlling their business and travel expenses. Amex Bank of Canada is the issuer of American Express Cards in Canada. Both companies are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the New York-based American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., the largest operating unit of American Express Company, which provides a wide range of financial and travel related services for consumers and companies.