SEC Form 4
FORM 4 UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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1. Name and Address of Reporting Person*
Squeri Stephen J

(Last) (First) (Middle)
3 WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER
200 VESEY ST, AMERICAN EXPRESS TOWER

(Street)
NEW YORK NY 10285

(City) (State) (Zip)
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
AMERICAN EXPRESS CO [ AXP ]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
Director 10% Owner
X Officer (give title below) Other (specify below)
Group Pres., Global Services
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (Month/Day/Year)
01/22/2013
4. If Amendment, Date of Original Filed (Month/Day/Year)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
X Form filed by One Reporting Person
Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1. Title of Security (Instr. 3) 2. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 3. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed Of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 3 and 4) 6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock 01/22/2013 M 47,410 A $45.768 161,497 D
Common Stock 01/22/2013 S (1) 44,210 D $59.2379 (2) 117,287 D
Common Stock 01/22/2013 S (3) 10,000 D $59.2379 (2) 107,287 D
Common Stock 111.17 I 401(k) Trust (4)
Table II - Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security (Instr. 3) 2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 4. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date (Month/Day/Year) 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security (Instr. 3 and 4) 8. Price of Derivative Security (Instr. 5) 9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Employee Stock Option (Right to Buy) $45.768 01/22/2013 M 47,410 01/24/2006 (5) 01/23/2015 Common Stock 47,410 $0 47,409 D
Explanation of Responses:
1. The reported disposition represents the sale of shares to cover the cost of exercise and withholding tax obligations arising from the stock option exercises reported above and the sale of 50% of the net shares acquired from these exercises; Mr. Squeri will retain the balance of the net shares in accordance with the Company's retention guidelines for executive officers.
2. The price reported in Column 4 is a weighted average price. These shares were sold in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $59.17 to $59.43. The reporting person undertakes to provide to American Express Company, any security holder of American Express Company, or the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission, upon request, full information regarding the number of shares sold at each separate price within this range.
3. The reported disposition represents the sale of shares acquired from restricted stock vestings and/or stock option exercises in prior years.
4. Shares held in reporting person's account under the Company's Incentive Savings Plan. This plan uses unit accounting, and the number of shares that a participant is deemed to hold varies with the unit price of the Company pooled stock fund.
5. These options became exercisable in four equal annual installments beginning on date shown as "Date Exercisable."
/s/ Michael G. Kuchs, attorney-in-fact 01/24/2013
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