Today, J.P. Morgan (NYSE:JPM) announced that Andrew Pilkington will assume leadership responsibilities for the organization's Commercial Card business.
He will continue to report to Gordon Smith, chief executive officer, Chase Card Services, and retain responsibility for the Canadian Consumer Card division. The Commercial Card business provides travel and entertainment card, purchasing card and single-use account solutions to thousands of private and public sector organizations around the world.
"Andy has provided strong leadership in Canada and helped expand our Canadian business through this challenging economic cycle," said Gordon Smith, chief executive officer, Chase Card Services. "He brings extensive business-to-business payment experience and a dynamic customer focus to our global Commercial Card business that will allow us to achieve continued growth."
In addition, Pilkington has been designated the interim Principal Officer for JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.'s Canadian branch and President of J.P. Morgan Bank Canada, and will continue to act as the Chairman of the Canada Management Committee.
Pilkington joined Chase Card Services in 2008 and has led the growth of the business as chief executive officer of Chase Card Services Canada. Since establishing itself in Canada with acquisition of the Sears Canada credit card portfolio, Chase has introduced the Marriott Rewards Platinum Visa Card, the Chase Gold MasterCard, the Best Buy Rewards Zone Visa Card, the Best Buy Card and the Future Shop Card.
Prior to joining Chase, Pilkington served as general manager of American Express' merchant services and global commercial card businesses in Canada. He joined American Express in the United Kingdom in 1997 and held a variety of senior positions within the company, including leadership roles in Canada since 2003.
Pilkington holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Modern Languages from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom.