Francesco Starace

Chief Executive Officer and General Manager

Francesco Starace has been Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel S.p.A. since May 2014.

Mr. Starace joined the Enel Group in 2000, holding several top 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 subsidiary and a leading player in the global renewables industry. In November 2010, Mr. Starace 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.

He began his career in construction management of power generation plants, first with the General Electric Group, then at ABB Group, and subsequently at 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 has been a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations’ initiative Sustainable Energy 4 All since June 2014. He joined the Board of Directors of the United Nations’ Global Compact in May 2015. He was co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Energy Utilities and Energy Technologies Community from January 2016 until January 2018. He was nominated co-chair of the B20 Climate & Resource Efficiency Task Force in October 2016. He served as President of Eurelectric, the European association for the electricity industry from June 2017 to May 2019. 

The European Commission appointed him Member of the “Multi-stakeholder Platform on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU” in September 2017.

In September 2019, Mr. Starace was invited by the Rockefeller Foundation to become a member of the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty.

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: April 20, 2020

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