CEO and General Manager, Enel Group
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.
Member of the Fulbright Commission Board of Directors since November 2012, he joined the Advisory Board of the Polytechnic University of Milan in January 2014 and the Corporate Advisory Board of the Luiss University (Rome) in March 2015. In February 2015 he became member of the Board of Directors of IIT, the Italian Institute of Technology Foundation created with the objective of promoting Italy's technological development and higher education in science and technology. Since June 2014 he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SEforAll). In May 2015 he joined the Board of Directors of the United Nations’ Global Compact and became member of the UN “Global Investors for Sustainable Development” Alliance – GISD in October 2019.
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 nominated co-chair of the “B20 Climate & Resource Efficiency Task Force” and in January 2020 Co-Chair of the “Energy, Sustainability and Climate Taskforce – B20 Saudi Arabia”. From June 2017 to May 2019 he served as President of Eurelectric, the European association for the electricity industry. 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. Since September 2019, by invitation of Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Starace has become a member of the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty. From October 2020, Mr. Starace chairs the SEforALL Administrative Board. 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.