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 Euro 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.
From June 2014 to 2017 he served as member of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy for All (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 (GISD) Alliance 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, whose mandate ended in December 2019.
Since September 2019, by invitation of Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Starace has become a member of the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty.
Mr. Starace graduated in Nuclear Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan.