by Leo Jakobson | June 28, 2017
American Express Global Business Travel announced today that it has agreed to acquire international event management agency Banks Sadler. The firm will operate as part of its American Express Meetings & Events division.

Along with event management and production, London-based Banks Sadler also handles venue sourcing; strategic meetings management (SMM); travel management; and technology solutions such as registration and event website and app creation. The firm has offices in New York, Paris, and Dusseldorf, as well as York and Windsor in the United Kingdom.

"Banks Sadler is one of the most respected M&E brands," said Issa Jouaneh, senior vice president and general manager of American Express Meetings & Events in a statement. "It brings an extensive range of services and solutions with an independent agency mindset that we will maintain and grow."

Banks Sadler CEO Leigh Jagger promised that customers will not notice the change. He added, "The business is now supported by one of the largest travel and meetings management companies in the world," and will be able to draw on its supplier relationships, global scale, and experience in creating SMM programs.