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Andrea Illy

Andrea Illy

Andrea Illy

Andrea Illy is chairman and CEO of illycaffè S.p.A., a family business started in Trieste in 1933. In 1990 he joined the family business as supervisor of the quality control department, where he started a program of control and quality (F.A.I. Qualità). Thanks to his efforts, illycaffè is at present one of the few food processing businesses at world level to have been awarded two quality certifications: one assigned by Qualité France and the ISO 9001 process. After having performed as director in charge of production and quality control, Andrea Illy has been appointed CEO in 1994 and president in 2005. In 1995 he released with Academic Press Espresso Coffee: the Chemistry of Quality, a book co-written with other experts and insiders that deals with all the scientific-technologic aspects of coffee, from agronomics to product processing, from roasting and grinding to packaging and percolation techniques. The second edition of the book was released in 2005. In 1996 has been chosen as “Marketing Superstar” by Advertising Age. Each year the American magazine awards this marketing and communication “Oscar” to 30 managers selected worldwide. In 1999 he took on the presidency of A.S.I.C. (Association Scientifique International du Cafè – Paris) and organized in Trieste the XIX Colloque International sur la Science du Café; at present he is its vice-president. Since 1999 he is member of the executive board of Altagamma, the Associazione Italiana delle Industrie di Alta Gamma, and since 2003 he has joined the members of the Advisory Board of SDA Bocconi. In July 2007 he has been appointed vice-president of Altagamma. He has been coordinating the project Gruppo di Lavoro dell’Alimentare, with the purpose of promoting the high range food by strengthening the representation of the field, the institutionalization of the Italian Table and a greater integration with the worlds of fashion and design. In 2003 he authored the preface of the Italian edition of Trading Up: la rivoluzione del lusso accessibile, by Michael J. Silverstein and Neil Fiske. In 2004 he has been awarded the title of Businessman of the Year by Ernst & Young Italia. Andrea Illy has weighed in on the issues of coffee science, luxury, the contemporary art market in many meetings and seminars. After more than 10 years under his direction, focused on the commitment to excellence and ethics the illy brand is well-known all over the world as one of the symbols of the best Made in Italy. Andrea Illy graduated in Chemistry from the University of Trieste. Subsequently he got a Master Executive at SDA-Bocconi in Milan. He is married and has three daughters.