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Sarah Dodds-Brown is Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel in the General Counsel’s Organization at American Express where she leads the regulatory and legal strategy for the American Express global merchant and network services businesses and sits on the Global Merchant Services executive team. These divisions are responsible for acquiring merchants to accept American Express cards, operating the global payments network that processes card transactions and managing relationships with third parties that issue cards and acquire merchants on the American Express network. Sarah also heads the legal teams which provide legal and regulatory support for the Merchant Financing, Accertify and U.S. Loyalty Coalition (“Plenti”) sub-divisions, and for several years, led the Privacy legal function at American Express.
Sarah is known as a strategic business partner who effectively builds consensus and creates momentum for change and evolution. She is a visionary leader and has been instrumental in defining the culture and expanding the engagement of the legal function at American Express.
Since the beginning of her career, Sarah has been active with educational and civic organizations. She was elected and served as a “Young Trustee” on the Duke University Board of Trustees following her undergraduate studies there and went on to subsequently serve for two terms on the Board of Advisors for Duke’s Trinity College. In 2006, Sarah was asked by the President of the University to serve on a specially created Presidential Council to scrutinize Duke's responses to allegations made against several members of its men’s lacrosse team, and was a founding member of the Duke Women’s Impact Network Leadership Council, which is focused on building the pipeline of qualified women alumnae for service on Duke’s volunteer leadership boards. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for DirectWomen, the Board of Trustees for Rye Country Day School and serves as Chair of the Planning Board for the City of New Rochelle, NY.
Sarah began her career in private practice as an M&A and private equity lawyer at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York. She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and her A.B. degree from Duke University. Sarah resides in New Rochelle, NY with her husband Brad and three children.