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Colin O’Flaherty

American Express
VP & General Manager Global Commercial Services UK & Russia
Colin is General Manager & Vice President of American Express Commercial Services, UK and Russia. Colin leads a team of almost 300 colleagues who are focused on delivering payment and lending solutions that help businesses and organisations of all sizes gain financial savings, control and efficiency. The solutions range from everyday business spending tools to boost cash flow and business financing, through to global currency solutions to facilitate efficient cross border payments.

Colin joined American Express in London in 2004 from McKinsey & Co., where he was a management consultant. Since joining American Express in 2004 Colin has held a variety of roles, most recently Vice President and General Manager of Bank Partnerships, where he was responsible for growing relationships with bank partners across EMEA, and managing merchant relationships with airlines throughout the region. He also spent time spent in the Strategic Planning Group and within the International Partnerships & Rewards team, where he was responsible firstly for growing the Membership Rewards platform and acquiring and retaining key partners.

Colin served for three years as Chairman of the Board of Alpha Card until the end of February 2018. He currently sits on the boards of American Express Middle East (a joint venture between Mawarid Investments Limited and AXP), AEPSL and American Express Bank Russia.

Colin lives in London with his wife and three small children and when time allows loves nothing more than playing, watching or discussing pretty much any sport.