Vice President Operational Excellence American Express
Rita has over 15 years of experience in risk, finance,
operations, and is an accomplished leader of global teams. Since joining
American Express in 2006, Rita has held positions across Finance, Risk, and the
GCO in global, regional (EMEA and LACC), and market level roles across multiple
locations including London, Miami, and New York.
In her current role, as the Operational Excellence Lead for
Finance and GBS, Rita along with her team, advise and guide business partners
in their execution of the American Express Operational Risk Framework through
proper change management, process design improvement, automation, issue
management and prevention, while ensuring a balanced view of control and
Prior to joining American Express, Rita served as general
auditor and risk assurance consultant at Deloitte in Santiago, Chile where she
led risk, regulatory, internal control framework development projects,
including Sarbanes Oxley implementation for cross industry, multinational
clients. Earlier in her career, Rita moved to Santiago, Chile, where she
operated a business supporting financial organizations.
Rita earned a MBA from Warwick University in the United
Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration–International
Business and Finance from the University of Colorado. She volunteers with
local organizations that help women enter, integrate, and thrive in the
workforce. Rita enjoys spending time
with her husband Boris, 6 year old daughter Aura Czarina and 4 year old son
Anragh Cesare. In her spare time she
likes kayaking, playing soccer, and reading. Rita and her family are avid
travelers and hope to live on every continent.
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