Francesco Starace was appointed Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel in May 2014.
Mr. Starace joined Enel 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). In 2008, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Enel Green Power, the Group's newly formed company focused on renewable sources. Mr. Starace led the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the business, floating it on the Milan and Madrid stock exchanges. In May, 2014 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Enel Group.
Before joining Enel, Mr. Starace worked for other companies within the energy industry. He began his career in plant construction management, first at the General Electric Group and then at the ABB Group and subsequently at Alstom Power Corporation, where he was appointed Head of gas turbine sales worldwide. Mr. Starace's international experience includes periods spent in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United States and Bulgaria.
Alongside his career in Enel, Mr Starace held other positions: in 2015 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the United Nations Global Compact and in June 2014 to the Advisory Board of the United Nations Sustainable Energy 4 All initiative. 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. In June 2017, he was elected President of the European electricity industry union Eurelectric, a role he kept till 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 2018 he was awarded two important awards: the Aztec Eagle Order, the highest honor given to foreign citizens in Mexico, and the appointment as the Cavaliere del Lavoro after the signing of the decree of the President of the Italian Republic. The same year he was also honoured with the titles of Commander of the Order of Rio Branco in Brazil and Commander of the Order of Merit of the Colombian Republic.
Francesco Starace was born in Rome in 1955 and graduated in Nuclear Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1980. He is married and has two sons, and is a supporter of A.S. Roma football club. Mr Starace is a true lover of poetry and art, especially contemporary. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, to the point that he takes part in a number of races. He strongly believes in energy as one of the main driving forces of the developing economies and as a key element for improving people’s lives: his commitment in Enel is focused on this concept.