Francesco Starace was appointed Group Chief Executive in May 2014.
Mr. Starace joined Enel Group in 2000, holding several executive positions including Head of Business Power (from July 2002 to October 2005) and Managing Director of the Market Division (from November 2005 to September 2008). Between 2008 and 2014, he was Chief Executive Officer of Enel Green Power, the Group's renewable power generation subsidiary and a leading player in the global renewables industry. In November 2010, Mr. Starace led the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the business, floating it on the Milan and Madrid stock exchanges with a market capitalization of €8 billion.
Mr. Starace began his career in construction management of power generation plants, first at General Electric Group and then at ABB Group and subsequently Alstom Power Corporation, where he was appointed Head of worldwide gas turbines sales.
Mr. Starace's international experience includes periods spent living in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bulgaria.
In May 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the United Nations Global Compact. Since June 2014, he is also a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Sustainable Energy 4 All initiative. In January 2016, he was appointed co-Chair of the World Economic Forum's Energy Utilities and Energy Technologies Community and Member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. In October 2016, he was appointed co-chair of the B20 Climate & Resource Efficiency Task Force.
Born in Rome in 1955, he graduated with a degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Milan Polytechnic. He is married with two sons, is a keen cyclist and a supporter of A.S. Roma football club, and is passionate about poetry and modern art.