American Express Bank, New York, a subsidiary of American Express Co., hired P. Nicholas Kourides as general counsel.

Mr. Kourides had been vice president and senior associate counsel at Chase Manhattan Bank, responsible for several global business groups. Before joining Chase Manhattan in 1983, he was with the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, New York.

At American Express he will report to Louise M. Parent, the holding company's executive vice president and general counsel.

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