Mia Mends joined Sodexo Benefits and Rewards in 2012 in the newly created position of Vice President, Sales for Americas Region, in São Paulo, Brazil. In this role she is charged with overseeing the strategic and profitable growth of Sodexo's products and services through diversified distribution channels in eight countries in Latin America.
Before joining Sodexo, she was General Manager of the Prepaid Debit Card Division of PreCash Inc, in Houston, Texas. In that role she had P&L and general management responsibilities with a particular focus on direct-to-consumer and indirect third party sales and marketing, product branding and enhancement, and cardholder portfolio management. While at PreCash, Mends held several strategic roles for the company related to program development, account management, and business development initiatives; she also oversaw the introduction of the product line outside the United States, introducing the company’s money transfer products.
Mends's experience in the field includes developing and managing 11 co-branded credit card partnerships in nine countries for United Airlines. She has also founded her own nonprofit, Seven Sisters to Sisters, and until recently served on the boards of the Education Foundation of Harris County and the Harvard Business School Alumni Association.
Ms. Mends holds a BA in economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.