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Neal Sample

Senior Vice President of Technology, American Express

Neal Sample is CIO, Enterprise Growth, for American Express. In this capacity, he manages end-to-end platform technology, infrastructure and operations for the Serve platform and suite of American Express pre-paid products, including the delivery and implementation of the Bluebird, Zynga and Verizon partnerships.
Prior to American Express, Neal served as the CTO of X.commerce, eBay's open development and commerce platform. Prior to X.commerce, he was Vice President of Architecture and Platform Products at eBay, where he was responsible for leading the company's platform architecture, product strategy and managing the design and delivery of the developers program. Prior to eBay, Neal was a senior executive at Yahoo! where he led the Open, Social, and Participation platforms. In addition to platform operation and development, his team was responsible for partnerships with Zynga, Facebook and Twitter.
Neal has extensive technology and engineering experience and has spent most of his career developing and building platforms and products for emerging technologies.

Neal attended Stanford University where he received his MS and PhD in Computer Science. He also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with the CIA Office of Research and Development.

Neal lives in Montclair, NJ with his wife Meredith and three children Aidan, David, and Julia.

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