Francesco Gori was born in Florence on 15 May 1952.
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 an executive in 1984 and where, after various assignments in commercial, marketing and M&A roles in Italy and abroad, he was appointed General Manager of the Tyre Division in 2001, Chief Executive Officer of Pirelli Tyre Spa in 2006 and, in 2009, also General Manager of Pirelli & C. During his 10 years tenure Pirelli Tyre doubled its revenues and from a cash burning, one digit Ebitda became a cask positive, high teens Ebitda company thanks to the execution of a premium strategy which translated into a higher top and bottom line growth than its peers, culminating with the entry in F1 as a sole supplier in 2010.
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 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 where he currently is a Senior Advisor.
From 2015 he is a non-executive director on the Supervisory and Management boards of Apollo Tyres Ltd, a leading company in the sector and listed in India.
In 2016 he became Chairman of Benetton Group Srl for two years. He was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Prysmian Group S.p.A on September 18th, 2018.
From March 26th, 2013 He is member of the Board of Snam.