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.
In November 2017, he joined Compass PLC as managing director for Latin America.
Previously, Meaney worked for Aceco TI, a Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR) portfolio company in Brazil. He was the COO of Oi, Brazil’s largest telecommunications company, from 2011–13. In 2000, he founded Contax, which became the largest Brazil-based business process outsourcing company with over 120,000 employees. He led its IPO in 2005 and its international expansion in 2009. Meaney has also served as a vice president of Global Crossing Latin America, general manager of Conectel Brazil (paging), and as a management consultant for various consumer product companies in Latin America. He began his career at First Boston in New York.
Meaney currently serves as a board and audit committee member (non-executive director) at Gol Linhas Aereas, Brazil’s largest airline.
He 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.
Meaney began serving on Kellogg's Advisory Board in 2014.