Francesco Starace has been Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel S.p.A. since May 2014.
Starace joined the Enel Group in 2000, holding several senior 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).
From 2008 to 2014, he served as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel Green Power, the Group's renewable power generation company and a leading player in the global renewables industry. In November 2010, he oversaw the initial public offering (IPO) of the company and its listing on the Milan and Madrid Stock Exchanges with a market capitalization of 8 billion euros.
In April 2018 he was appointed President of the Enel Group’s Internal Cyber Security Committee.
At the start of his professional career, he managed the construction of power generation plants, first with the General Electric Group, then at the ABB Group, and subsequently at the Alstom Power Corporation, where he was Head of Gas Turbine Sales Worldwide.
Francesco Starace also gained considerable international professional experience by working in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and the United States.
He served as a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) initiative from June 2014 until the dissolution of the Board in 2017 and in October 2020 he was appointed Chair of SEforALL’s Administrative Board, which aims to accelerate and deliver at scale the solutions needed to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy) by 2030.
From 2015 until 2021, he served as member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations’ Global Compact.
From January 2016 until January 2018, he was co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Energy Utilities and Energy Technologies Community.
In October 2016, he was appointed to the position of co-Chair of the B20 Germany 2017 “Climate & Resource Efficiency” Task Force and in January 2020 he became co-Chair of the B20 Saudi Arabia 2020 “Energy, Sustainability and Climate” Task Force.
From June 2020 to December 2021, he was a member of the G20 Business Advisory Board for the Italian Presidency, which is led by The European House Ambrosetti.
From December 2020 to December 2021, he was appointed Chair of the B20 Italy 2021 ‘Energy & Resource Efficiency’ Task Force, the aim of which is to make practical and actionable policy recommendations for sustainable progress.
He served as President of Eurelectric, the European association for the electricity industry from 2017 until 2019.
In September 2017, the European Commission made him a member of the “Multi-stakeholder Platform on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU”.
In September 2019, he became a member of the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty, on the invitation of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Since January 2020 he has been co-chair of the WEF “Net Zero Carbon Cities – Systemic Efficiency Initiative” and since January 2021 he has been co-chair of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance’s round table on "Renewable and Low-carbon Hydrogen Production.”
A graduate in Nuclear Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan, he is married and has two sons. He is a keen cyclist, a supporter of the A.S. Roma football club, and has a passion for poetry.
Last update: February 2, 2022
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