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American Express Global Business Travel completes Banks Sadler acquisition

International event management agency becomes part of American Express Meetings & Events

 London, UK, September 1, 2017 – American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has completed the previously announced acquisition of Banks Sadler. The international event management agency, headquartered in London, becomes part of American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express GBT.

As a result of the purchase, Issa Jouaneh, Senior Vice President and General Manager of American Express Meetings & Events, says Banks Sadler customers will profit from an expanded value proposition. “We are bringing together one of the most respected agencies in the meetings and events sector with our leading capabilities and global footprint. The future of the business, and the collective value we can provide customers, is very exciting – everyone involved stands to benefit,” he said.

Leigh Jagger, Chief Executive of Banks Sadler, added: “We bring an independent and entrepreneurial agency mindset to the table. This combined with the expertise and global footprint possessed by one of the largest travel, meetings and events companies in the world will generate massive opportunities for the business and our customers.”

With the completion, nearly 250 Banks Sadler employees join GBT’s approximately 12,000 employees around the world.

Banks Sadler was founded in 1982 in London and currently has offices in York, Windsor, Paris, Dusseldorf and New York. 


The terms of the deal remain undisclosed.

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About American Express Meetings & Events

American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel, offers longstanding experience, expertise and leading capabilities to help deliver powerful meetings and events experiences for clients. The global team is focused on advising its clients with respect to meetings and events sourcing, planning, budgeting, expense management, reporting and benchmarking, combined with strategic counsel and integration of leading technology. This approach focuses on creating visibility, driving savings and enabling effective meeting experiences.

With more than 40 years in the industry and a presence in over 50 countries, American Express Meetings & Events is strategically positioned to manage meetings and events locally, regionally, internationally and across the globe. American Express Meetings & Events works with local leaders to enhance its offering to clients. To learn more about the services offered by American Express Meetings & Events, visit