Meridian International Center Appoints New Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer - Salvatore (Sal) Pappalardo


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November 9, 2012, Washington DC: Meridian International Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Salvatore (Sal) Pappalardo as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Meridian International Center, founded in 1960, is a leading non-partisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to strengthening international understanding and global engagement. Meridian works with the U.S. State Department and U.S. embassies worldwide to create lasting international partnerships through leadership and cultural exchanges. Meridian also connects U.S. and foreign governments with the private sector to respond to global challenges and sustain impact.

Mr. Pappalardo, who holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University, brings deep expertise in international development to the Meridian Team.

Mr. Pappalardo’s career has focused heavily on sustainable economic development in emerging and frontier markets, working with USAID and the Departments of State, Treasury, and Labor, as well as with other bilateral and multilateral development agencies. He has consulted with academic institutions, human services organizations and international development consulting firms on strategic planning; strengthening business development initiatives; and expanding corporate volunteerism and social responsibility initiatives.

Most recently, Mr. Pappalardo served as Chief Operating Officer of the Grameen Foundation, a leading organization in the fight against global poverty through access to microfinance and mobile technology. While at Grameen, he launched “Bankers without Borders”, a skills-based corporate volunteerism initiative that, in its first year, connected 220 individuals with organizations serving the poor through 100 technical assistance projects overseas and in the U.S. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pappalardo served as Managing Director of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps. He also worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Technical Assistance, where he served as an advisor to the Minister of Finance of Poland.

According to Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday, President and CEO of the Meridian International Center, “I look forward to working with Sal Pappalardo to strengthen our partnerships with private and public sector leaders, through educational and cultural exchanges, so that they can respond effectively to complex global challenges. I believe that Sal will be a valuable asset in expanding Meridian’s international reach and impact.”

Mr. Pappalardo is a native of Amsterdam, New York and he and his wife of 31 years have four children.


Meridian International Center promotes global leadership through the exchange of ideas, people, and culture. Meridian’s mission is to create innovative exchange, education, cultural, and policy programs that advance three goals: 1) Strengthen U.S. engagement with the world through the power of exchange; 2) Prepare public and private sector leaders for a complex global future; 3) Provide a neutral forum for international collaboration across sectors.