American Express Co. nominated Jan Leschly, chief executive of SmithKline Beecham, for its board of directors.

Mr. Leschly, 56, and Kenneth I. Chenault, president of American Express, are to become the company's 13th and 14th directors.

Mr. Leschly joined SmithKline in 1990 as chairman of the pharmaceutical division. He became CEO in 1994. Previously he had been chief operating officer of Squibb Corp.

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