Italian & Family Business Clubs - Interview with Andrea Illy, CEO Illycaffé

by Family Business Club

Corporate Presentation

Thu, 06 Mar 2014

6:45 PM – 8:30 PM

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About Illy Caffé: 
Illy is one the world’s most renowned producers of coffee. Its story begins in Trieste, Italy, the Adriatic port town where coffee first entered Europe, and where in 1933, company founder Francesco Illy developed the modern espresso machine. The story is still being written today by President and CEO Andrea Illy, representing a third generation of Illy family leadership. Rich and full-bodied, yet velvety smooth: Illy coffee is present in 140 countries. Illy employs 800+ employees, has 200+ espressamente illy coffee bar locations worldwide and 56% share of its coffee is enjoyed outside of Italy. 

About Andrea Illy: 

Andrea Illy was appointed CEO of the family business in 1994. In 2004, he was awarded the title of“Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young Italy. In 2012, he was appointed Chairman of the Promotion and Market Development Committee of ICO (International Coffee Organization), under the auspices of the United Nations. In 2013, Andrea was named member of Menus of Change, an initiative of The Culinary Institute of America and Harvard School of Public Health to promote healthy and responsible dining. Under his leadership, the Illy brand has become one of the world’s best-known symbols of the "Made in Italy". Andrea is also a top advisor of the Bank of Italy and served as Mentor of the 2013 World Economic Forum. 

Andrea was born in Trieste, Italy in 1964. He earned a Master from SDA-Bocconi in Milan and an AMP from Harvard Business School.

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