Francesco Pugliese is the CEO of Conad, the largest organization of independent retail entrepreneurs associated in a cooperative.
Since its entry in 2004, it has promoted and strengthened the commercial development of Conad achieving excellent performance.
In Agecore, the strategic alliance among the six major European retail groups – Conad (Italy), Eroski (Spain), Intermarchè (France), Edeka (Germany), Colruyt (Belgium) and Coop Suisse (Switzerland) – he holds the role of President.
He is a member of the executive committee of ADM – Modern Distribution Association. He is also vice president of GS1 Italy, the association that brings together 35,000 consumer goods companies with the aim of facilitating collaboration for innovation efficiency.
He is a member of the board of directors of Upa, the association of the most important and prestigious industrial, commercial and service companies that invest in advertising and communication, and a member of the Presidency council of Legacoop.
A leading manager in the food and distribution sector, he was Barilla’s general manager for Europe and CEO and general manager of Yomo Group.
Francesco Pugliese was born in Taranto in 1959, lives in Parma, is married and has three children.