A biographical snapshot of Susan Sobbott, head of American Express' small business operations

Susan Sobbott, President of American Express Open

AGE: 49

HOMETOWN: Westwood, N.J.

LIVES IN: Glen Rock, N.J.

EDUCATION: BA from Georgetown University, MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business

CAREER: Has been at American Express for 20 years, holding positions in the Strategic Planning Group and Global Merchant Services. She was senior vice-president of strategic alliances and co-brands in the Consumer Services division in 2003 when she left to join AmEx’s small business operations.

FAMILY: Husband, two children ages 10 and 8.

HOBBIES: Yoga, hiking.

LAST BOOK READ: Nancy Drew and the Curse of the Black Cat for a Halloween book report by one of her children.

SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTION: Her father ran a trucking company.

WHAT SMALL BUSINESS WOULD SHE LIKE TO OWN: A company aimed at encouraging children to eat healthy food and teaching their parents about healthy eating.