On 31st July 2018 Gianfranco Battisti was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A.
He holds degrees in both Political Sciences and in International Economics and Management.
From February 2017 to October 2018, he has served as CEO of FS Sistemi Urbani, the Company for the Valorisation of Real Estate Assets held by Ferrovie dello Stato S.p.A.
From 2009 to 2017, he served as Director of Trenitalia's National and International Passenger and High Speed Division, helping to position the Italian High Speed service among the main players in the European railway transport market. During his tenure, he improved both the economic growth and industrial efficiency of the passenger traffic business and in particular the high-speed business by completing an important and extraordinary corporate turnaround phase where he achieved significant positive and consolidated financial statements in all the years of his management.
In 1998 he joined the Ferrovie dello Stato Group as Head of Marketing and Yield Management of Night Product, and then took on major roles, including that of Marketing/Sales Director.
He was part of the National Task Force of the Management and Reception Committee for the Jubilee 2000.
From May 2009 to 2011, he served as a Board Member of Società Artesia S.p.A. for Italy-France rail connections.
He was the Referent for the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane group for both EXPO 2015 and for the 2016 Jubilee.
From 1988 to 1997, he worked in the Fiat Auto SpA Group with responsibilities in the Marketing/Sales Department.
Since June 2016 he has served as National President of Federturismo, the Federation of Confindustria that brings together companies in the sector both at the national and international level with institutional duties, governance, and representation.
In his activities related to the business world he is also Member of the Presidency Council of Confindustria Nazionale.
From June 2011 to May 2017 he was President of the Transportation Section of Unindustria Lazio.
He collaborates as a corporate testimonial with Bocconi University in Milan and Luiss University in Rome for the Master in Tourism Economics programme.
He is a member of the Strategic Planning Board of the European University of Rome.
He has worked as a corporate testimonial with the University of Perugia/Assisi as part of the degree course in Tourism Economics, Group Economics, and Business Concentrations and Cooperation, La Sapienza University of Rome, Faculty of Economics, Tourism, and with the Luiss University of Rome for the Master's in Eco-Mobility Management.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit National Association Incontradonna for the prevention of breast cancer.
He is also on the Board of Directors of the Aspro Non-profit Association for the support of patients of Oncological Radiotherapy c/o San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital of Rome.
In 2011 he was a member of the Honour Committee of the World Paralympic Games in Rome.
He serves on the national council of the "Aspesi" Association, which brings together companies promoting and developing real estate investments through valuation, development, and real estate transformation initiatives.
He has received numerous awards, both nationally and internationally, including The WTM Global Award in London in 2009 presented by then Mayor Boris Johnson for his strategies of business development for the High Speed service in Italy.
In 2010 he received the honour of Commendatore Ordine al Merito (Commander Order of Merit) of the Italian Republic.