Ralph Reed (American Express)

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Ralph Reed on the cover of Time (April 9, 1956)

Ralph Thomas Reed[1] (July 6, 1890, Philadelphia – January 21, 1968, New York City) was the president of the American Express Company from 1944 to 1960. He joined the company in 1919 as assistant to the controller.[2] He was the person who made the decision to create the American Express charge card, first issued in 1958.

Business positions
Preceded by
Frederick P. Small (1923–1944)
CEO of American Express
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Peter Z. Grossman, American Express: The People Who Built the Great Financial Empire, 1987
  2. ^ "Ralph Reed, 77, Retired Head of American Express, Is Dead". The New York Times. January 23, 1968.