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About Jim Mitchell

Jim Mitchell


James A. Mitchell is the retired Chairman and CEO of the IDS Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of American Express. In 2008, he was named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics" by Ethisphere Magazine, a global publication dedicated to examining the connection between ethics and profitability.

Jim and his wife Linda founded The Forum on Ethical Leadership, organized with The American College Center for Ethics in Financial Services, in 2001. The Forum’s purpose is to bring together senior executives from financial services companies and business ethicists from academia, to engage in a day of face-to-face conversation and organized reflection on ethical leadership.

Prior to becoming Chairman and CEO, Mitchell served as President and CEO of IDS from 1984–1994. Before joining American Express in 1984, he was President of the reinsurance division of CIGNA Corporation and held other management positions at Connecticut General.

An honors graduate of Princeton University, Mitchell has also earned the prestigious Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) and Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) designations from The American College. Mitchell served as Chairman of both The American College Board of Trustees and The American College Foundation Board of Directors. He continues to serve as a trustee, and is an emeritus director of the Foundation. In addition, he is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the College's Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics in Financial Services and a member of the institution's President’s Circle. In 1999 The American College awarded Mr. Mitchell the Huebner Gold Medal, its highest award, in recognition of his dedication to education and professionalism in financial services.