American Express Executive to Receive Honorary DegreeOGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will award an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree to Ogden native Gary L. Crittenden at the university's 122nd commencement Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. in the Dee Events Center.
Crittenden, who is executive vice president and chief financial officer of American Express Company, will also deliver the commencement address.
Crittenden leads the global finance team, advises on worldwide strategic and financial matters, and represents American Express to investors, lenders and rating agencies.
Prior to joining American Express, Crittenden was at Pharmacia, a global pharmaceutical and agricultural company, where he led the integration process following the merger of Pharmacia and Upjohn with the Monsanto company. Prior to the merger, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer for Monsanto.
Crittenden began his career in consulting at Bain & Company where he worked on a range of strategic projects in the U.S. and Germany. He has built a distinguished career in finance, serving as the chief financial officer at Sears Roebuck & Co., Melville Corporation, and Filene's Basement. In his CFO positions, he has restructured company finances, built and motivated financial teams, and planned and executed the sale of non-core businesses.
He serves on the board of directors of the TJX Companies Inc. and Ryerson Tull Inc. He is active in his community and his church and has served as a board member of the Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Crittenden has generously given his time to WSU students. He has returned to the campus to speak and has hosted WSU students in his corporate office in New York.
After attending Weber State for a quarter, Crittenden attended Brigham Young University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in management. He later earned his master's of business administration from Harvard.