Andrea Illy


illycaffe S.p.A.

Andrea Illy is the chairman of illycaffè S.p.A., a 100% family-owned company with the mission of offering the greatest coffee to the world. For twenty-two years, until 2016, he was the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Illy’s appointments outside the company sphere include, in particular:

- From 1999 to 2014, president of ASIC – the only international association dedicated to the science of coffee, which, through scientific knowledge, has helped reposition coffee from commodity to specialty;
- From 2012 to 2013, board member and chairman of the Sustainability Committee of D.E. Master Blender 1753, contributing to the company’s spin-out and subsequent sale
- From 2012 to 2015, chairman of the Promotion and Market Development Committee of the International Coffee Organization – an intergovernmental body created under the auspices of the U.N., for which he oversaw the largest celebration of coffee in history, on the occasion of EXPO Milano 2015;
- From 2013, chairman of the Altagamma Foundation– an organization which represents the most important brands of Italy’s cultural and creative industry;
- From 2013, member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Italy and from 2015, member of its Advisory Committee on Internal Audits.

Born in Trieste in 1964, Andrea Illy received his degree in Chemistry from the University of Trieste, his Executive MBA from SDA-Bocconi in Milan, and earned degrees from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Executive Program at Singularity University in Silicon Valley. He also studied Total Quality Management in Japan and Complexity Science at the University of Oxford. Mr. Illy is married and has three daughters.