Priyan Fernando serves as the Chairman of Brandix Lanka Ltd. He also works as a senior advisor to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), in the USA. He consults on Corporate Governance and Business and Finance Transformation to leading organizations around the world.

Priyan recently retired after a distinguished 32 year career with American Express Co, in NYC. Most recently he was Executive Vice President, Global Business Services of American Express (AXP), where he was responsible for all internal operations including Finance, Procurement, Real Estate, HR and Marketing in this $100+ billion financial enterprise with a presence in over 130 markets.  Priyan’s work has resulted in several innovations, including proprietary new ways to drive efficiencies and enhance effectiveness, which have been replicated across American Express and other BCG clients. He is using this experience to help leading companies transform and drive effectiveness in delivering outcomes.

Prior to this role, Priyan was President, and Chief Operating Officer of American Express Global Business Travel, where he had P&L responsibility of over $1 billion and oversaw a staff of over 12,000 people around the world. He led a transformation of the Global Service Delivery Network and Client Management activities across the business and was recognized in the Business Travel World Top 50 newsmakers in 2008

Previously, Priyan served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of American Express Global Corporate Services and was a member of the company’s Senior Finance Leadership Team. In 1994 He was instrumental in introducing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) in India by pioneering the financial shared services model at American Express. He was recognized as the pioneering business leader for Global Shared Services in India in 2018. He has previously held the role of US Controller of the Travel and Card Businesses

Before joining American Express in 1982, Priyan had a successful public accounting career with Ernst & Young in New York City and prior to that with Ernst & Young in Sri Lanka.

Priyan has served on the boards of the New York City Leadership Center, the Advisory Council of the Conference Board and Rearden Commerce. Priyan is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and Chartered Management Accountants of the UK, where he served on the International Committee. He is also a member of the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a MBA from Indiana University. His ten year experience as a senior advisor at BCG has given him exposure to best practices across many leading companies.
Priyan is based in New York and Sri Lanka where he has also advised the government of Sri Lanka and the Central bank.