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Andrea Illy

Chairman and CEO, illycaffè S.p.A.

In June 2005, Andrea Illy, grandson of the founder of illy, took the helm as the third generation of the Illy family to head illycaffè S.p.A, whose coffee can be found in 140 countries across five continents, where it is served in over 50,000 public venues.

In 1990, Andrea started working at illycaffè as a quality control supervisor. Andrea translated his goals for creating an excellent product of superior quality into illy’s F.A.I. Quality program, aimed at increasing customer satisfaction and quality assurance. Thanks to this program, illycaffè is the only global food company to have received the Qualité France, ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications.

After serving as director in charge of production and quality control, he was named chief executive of illycaffè in 1994 and in 1997, became chairman of the board of directors. Under Andrea’s leadership, the company has expanded its global penetration from 29 countries to 140 countries and has increased revenues by more than 130%.

In 1993, Andrea attended the Master Executive program at the Bocconi University School of Management in Milan, where he has served on the Advisory Board since 1999. Andrea also received his degree in chemistry from the University of Trieste with a thesis on the “Quality of Espresso from a Chemical Perspective.” In 1995, Andrea delved deeper into the science of coffee and co-wrote and published “Espresso Coffee: The Chemistry of Quality” with other specialists and experts.

Andrea continually shares his knowledge on coffee chemistry and other scientific and technological aspects of coffee from agronomy to product processing, to roasting and grinding, and to packaging and percolating techniques. He is currently president of the Association Scientifique International du Café in Paris and the International Colloquium on the Science of Coffee in Trieste, Italy.

Andrea is married and has three daughters.

Articles by Andrea Illy

Complexity Mathematics, the EU and Global Governance

If supranational governance can't work in Europe, how can it possibly work for the world as a whole?

October 4, 2011

How We Solve the World’s Triple Unsustainability Crisis

How can alternative energy sources put human development onto a sustainable path?

August 31, 2011