Ed Gilligan, the President of American Express was found dead on his plane on Friday.
Reports say that Gilligan who was 55 died suddenly during his flight from Japan to NYC, causing his plane to make an emergency landing.
The Father of four was pronounced dead in hospital after plane made emergency landing in Wisconsin on flight to New York from Tokyo.
Gilligan started as an intern at the company 35 years ago. He became Vice Chairman in 2007 and President in 2013.
In a letter to employees Chief Executive Officer Ken Chenault stated:
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.
This is deeply painful and frankly unimaginable for all of us who had the great fortune to work with Ed, and benefit from his insights, leadership and enthusiasm. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Lisa, and their four children – Katie, Meaghan, Kevin and Shane. He was a proud husband and father, and his love for his family was evident in all that he did.