President's Death Comes At Tough Time For American Express
Edward Gilligan’s unexpected death, of an apparent heart attack, comes as the company faces several difficult challenges.By Evan Thomas | May 30, 2015
American Express president Edward Gilligan died after collapsing on a flight from Japan to New York Friday. He was 55.
A company spokesperson said Gilligan suffered an apparent heart attack during the flight. The plane made an emergency landing in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Gilligan was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Gilligan became president of American Express in 2013, and had been tagged as a possible replacement for CEO Kenneth Chenault.