American Express President Ed Gilligan Dies After Becoming Ill on FlightNEW YORK, May 29 (UPI) — American Express President Ed Gilligan died Friday after he became ill on a flight to New York, the company said. He was 55.
“With the heaviest of hearts, I must share some devastating news. Ed Gilligan — president of our company and friend and inspiration to many inside and outside American Express — became seriously ill on a flight home to New York this morning and has passed away,” he wrote.
The cause of his death wasn’t revealed.
Gilligan started working for American Express when he was 20 as an intern and eventually worked his way up to vice chairman in 2007 and president in 2013.
Gilligan is survived by his wife, Lisa, and four children, Katie, Meaghan, Kevin and Shane.