Francis James Leahy Meaney has an extensive background in high-growth sectors, including telecommunications, business product outsourcing, management consulting, investment banking, and private equity, and 27 years of experience in Brazil and Latin America. He has led three start-ups and two operational restructurings. Most recently, Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR) hired Meaney as CEO of Aceco TI, a data center company investment in Brazil.
Formerly, Meaney was the CEO of Oi S.A., Brazil’s largest telecommunications company (2011–13). In 2000, Meaney founded Contax, which became the largest Brazil-based business process outsourcing company with over 120,000 employees. Serving as its CEO and president since the company’s inception, he conducted its IPO in 2005 and its international expansion in 2009.
He has also served as a vice president of Global Crossing Latin America; country manager Brazil of Conectel (paging); and management consultant for various consumer product companies in Latin America. He began his career at First Boston in New York.
Currently, Meaney serves on the board and audit committee of Gol Linhas Aereas, Brazil’s largest airline, and on the board of Bandtec University. He also directs I3RUN4, a real estate, asset management, and consulting company.
Meaney holds a BA in economics from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD.
He began serving on Kellogg's Advisory Board in 2014.