Francesco Pugliese is CEO of Conad, the largest organization of independent retailers associated in a cooperative.
Since his arrival in 2004, he has promoted and strengthened its commercial development to achieve excellent performance.
He is a member of the board of AgeCore, the strategic alliance between the six major European retail groups.
He holds the position of president of GS1 Italy and is a member of the executive committee of ADM – Associazione Distribuzione Moderna. He is also a member of the board of directors of UPA and a member of the board of WPP, a group active in the public relations and advertising sectors.
A leading manager in the food and distribution sector, he was general manager Europe at Barilla and managing director and general manager of the Yomo Group.
In May 2019, the President of the Republic appointed him as “Cavaliere del Lavoro” for his activities in the thirty-five years he spent in the trade-food sector.