Francesco Gori was born in Florence on 15 May 1952.
After earning a high-school diploma from a Classical Lyceum in Italy, he graduated in Economics and Commerce with the highest grade and honours from the University of Florence.
He joined Pirelli in 1978, where, after gaining a range of experience in Italy and abroad, he was appointed Managing Director of the Pneumatics division in 2001, CEO of Pirelli Tyre in 2006 and, in 2009, Managing Director of Pirelli & C.
From 2006 to 2011 and for two consecutive terms, he was elected Chairman of ETRMA, the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association.
In 2012, he left the Pirelli group of his own accord.
From 2013 to 2015 he was Industrial Advisor of Malacalza Investimenti, the second largest shareholder of Pirelli until its delisting from Italian Stock Exchange.
From 2014 he is Industrial Advisor of the CCR Fund of Idea Capital Funds SGR (De Agostini Group) and from 2015 he is a non-executive director on the Board of Apollo Tyres, a leader company in India in tyres’ business. Since 2016 he is Chairman of Benetton Group.
He is also director of the Italian branch of Plan International, one of the first and largest ONG in the world for children’s long-distance support.