Francesco Gori was born in Florence on 15 May 1952.
After obtaining a Secondary School Humanities Diploma he graduated with honours in Business and Economics from the University of Florence, working at the same time first in a software company and then in the paper industry, again in Florence.
He joined Pirelli in 1978 where he was promoted as a manager in 1984 and where, after various experiences in commercial, marketing and managerial roles in Italy and abroad, he was appointed General Manager of the Pneumatics sector in 2001, Chief Executive Officer of Pirelli Tyre Spa in 2006 and, in 2009, also General Manager of Pirelli & C.
From 2006 to 2011 and for two consecutive terms he was elected president of ETRMA, the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association.
In 2012 he decided to leave the Pirelli group.
In 2013 he joined the board of Snam Spa as an independent director and became Chairman of the Control and Risk Committee; he was re-elected in 2017 for the subsequent three-year period as Chairman of the Appointments Committee.
From 2013 to 2015 he was an Industrial Advisor of Malacalza Investimenti and, from 2014, Managing Director of the CCR (Corporate Credit Recovery) fund of Dea Capital Alternative Funds Sgr.
In 2015 he was appointed as a non-executive director on the Supervisory and Management boards of Apollo Tyres, a leading company in the sector and listed in India.
In 2016 he became Chairman of Benetton Group Srl and since 2017 he is its Executive Chairman.
He is married and has two children.