Meena L. Elliott
Class of 2015
Meena Elliott is a multi-disciplinary C-suite executive. As interim President of Kiverdi, Inc. she leads the organization in addition to scaling and fundraising. Kiverdi, Inc. is a md-stage industrial biotech company and parent company of Air Protein.
Areas of Expertise for Board and Committee
- Risk Assessment
- Strategy and Merger Integration
- Executive Compensation & Succession Planning
- Financial Analysis/Planning/Investment
- Commercialization/Brand Marketing with P&L
- International Operations
- Start-up to Mature Organizations
- Corporate Governance
Meena brings an enterprise-wide, global approach to business challenges and opportunities faced by companies in different lifecycle stages. She possesses a depth and breadth of experience in the technology, consumer goods, media and entertainment industries. Prior to joining Kiverdi, she led the legal, human resources and compliance functions at Aviat Networks, which was formed through a simultaneous IPO and “merger of equals” between a division of L3Harris and Stratex Networks, Inc. Before that, she held executive roles at Energizer and early-stage XM Satellite Radio in brand marketing holding profit and loss responsibility, led commercialization and operational scaling efforts. She handled challenging corporate issues while integrating strategy, evaluating enterprise risk, incorporating shareholder considerations, corporate governance and compliance matters. She also served as a Chief Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
As a member of Aviat Networks’ executive management team, she developed corporate strategy, including assessing acquisitions and divestitures and managing complex international issues. From its inception, she led Aviat Networks through several challenging circumstances including a situation involving the company’s potential delisting from the NASDAQ stock exchange stemming from factors that included a forensic investigation and extended audit. Her leadership experience reflects her ability to manage crises situations and ask discerning questions to guide all stakeholders to successful resolutions. In addition to serving as the CLO, as the CHRO, she held responsibility for executive compensation, succession planning, talent management and retention and organizational development.
Meena brings expertise in Board risk oversight, corporate governance, assessment of financial statements, operational knowledge, executive compensation and succession planning in the domestic and international arenas. In addition to understanding the issues, her collaborative style and ability to understand the dynamics of various situations have played a significant role in her success.
She serves as an Investment Committee member for Purple Arch Ventures, Advisory Board member for Entefy, Inc. Golden Poppy, Inc. Meena is the First Vice Chair of Legal Momentum, a national non-profit and gives back to the Indian community by mentoring up and coming professionals. She graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in classics and from Washington University in St. Louis with a juris doctor and master’s in business degrees. She is a Legal Momentum 2016 Women of Achievement honoree and named by Silicon Valley Business Journal as the “2018 Corporate Counsel – Public Company”.