Fran Malecha


Fran Malecha joined Compass Minerals as president and chief executive officer (CEO) in January 2013. He is a member of the company’s board of directors and serves on the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee.


Under Mr. Malecha’s leadership, Compass Minerals has made significant investments in core salt and plant nutrition assets and completed acquisitions in North America and Brazil to drive future growth. Along with the senior leadership team, he has led initiatives to improve the safety culture, cost structure and the employee experience at the company.


Mr. Malecha came to Compass Minerals with more than 25 years of experience in agribusiness. From 2000 to 2013, he had a successful tenure at Viterra Inc., a global agribusiness company based in Canada where he last served as chief operating officer of the global grain business. Prior to Viterra, he spent 15 years in progressive management roles at General Mills, Inc.


Mr. Malecha earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.