Thomas A. Cash


Thomas A. Cash, Chairman

Student/Partner Alliance


Tom is a co-founder and Chairman of Essex Lake Group LLC. He works very closely with senior executives of financial services companies, retailers, and telecommunications companies utilizing over 30 years of experience as a manager and executive and with his experience advising global firms.

Prior to founding Essex, he spent 33 years at American Express Company in a variety of executive positions. His last position, which he held for 11 years, was Executive Vice President International Operations where he was responsible for all processing, servicing, and credit and collections outside the U.S. Previous positions included; Executive Vice President Global Reengineering where he launched the first process redesign program to reduce costs and improve service while also responsible for building and implementing the first major global IT processing system; Executive Vice President/General Manager Merchant Services responsible for the US merchant business and P&L; and Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing for Travel Related Services which included the Card, Travel, and Travelers Cheque businesses.

Tom has a BA degree in Economics from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Originally from Chicago, he lives with his family in New Jersey.