William L. Meaney ’82
William L. Meaney is the president and chief executive officer at Iron Mountain Inc., a world leader in information management services, assisting more than 156,000 organizations in 35 countries on five continents with storing, protecting, and managing their information.
Prior to his appointment at Iron Mountain, Meaney served as chief executive officer at The Zuellig Group, a U.S. $12 billion diversified pan-Asian group based in Hong Kong, whose primary activities include: pharmaceutical distribution, pharmaceutical manufacturing under license, animal feed manufacturing, and agricultural and materials handling equipment.
Prior to Zuellig, Meaney worked in a number of turnaround situations, including: the chief commercial officer at Swiss International Airlines in Zurich; executive vice president at South African Airways in Johannesburg; and the chief executive officer of South African Vaccine Producers, a parastatal pharmaceutical manufacturer based in Johannesburg. Prior to his taking on leadership roles in international groups, he was a strategic consultant with Strategic Planning Associates (now part of Oliver Wyman) based in London and in Geneva where he worked in a variety of industries.
Before beginning his career in business, Meaney served as a CIA operations officer. In addition to being a trustee of Rensselaer, he serves as a director of Qantas Airlines.
He has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Meaney holds U.S., Swiss, and Irish citizenships.