Fran Malecha joined Compass Minerals as president and CEO in January 2013. He also serves as a member of the company’s board of directors.
He came to Compass Minerals with more than 25 years of experience in agribusiness. From 2000 to 2013, Mr. Malecha worked at Viterra Inc., a global agribusiness company based in Canada. Viterra was acquired by Glencore International plc in December 2012, at which time Mr. Malecha was named head of agricultural products, North America. He served as chief operating officer-grain from 2007 to 2012 and served as senior vice president-grain and vice president-grain merchandising and transportation from 2000 to 2007.
At Viterra, Mr. Malecha’s responsibilities included global grain merchandising, transportation, operations, commodity risk management and international merger and acquisition activity. Prior to Viterra, Mr. Malecha spent 15 years working in the grain division of General Mills, Inc.
Mr. Malecha earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.