Andrea Illy

Andrea Illy

Andrea Illy was appointed Chairman and CEO of illycaffè S.p.A. in June 2005, heralding a third generation of Illy family members at the company’s helm.  A hands-on leader, Mr. Illy spearheaded his company’s global expansion, bringing the brand to cafés, restaurants, hotels and retailers in more than 140 countries, where six million cups of illy coffee are now enjoyed every day. During his tenure, illycaffè has enjoyed a revenue increase of more than 130 percent.  He is an Ernst & Young Italia Entrepreneur of the Year award winner and was named one of Advertising Age magazine’s “Marketing Superstars.” His leadership in sustainable coffee production was recognized by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), one the world’s leading industrial certification authority, which in 2011 awarded illy its first-ever Responsible Supply Chain Certification, recognizing  long-established protocols from farm, to factory, and beyond.  A chemist by training, Mr. Illy is a philanthropist, avid athlete, and wine and spirits expert. (Trieste, Italy)