Chief Executive Officer and General Director of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group from 31 July 2018.
Since July 2019, Gianfranco Battisti has been Chairman of the FS Italiane Foundation, established within the framework of the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group to preserve and enhance the historical, technical, engineering and industrial heritage of the Group.
After working for the Fiat Auto Group in the Marketing/Sales Department, Battisti joined the FS Group in 1998 as Head of Marketing and Yield Management for the Night Product. He then took on positions of increasing importance, including that of Marketing/Sales Director.
From 2009 and until 2017, Battisti was Chief Division Officer of the National and International High Speed Passenger Division of Trenitalia, contributing to positioning the Italian High Speed amongst the main players in the European rail transport system market.
Under his watch, both the economic growth and industrial efficiency of the passenger traffic business has improved, in particular that of High Speed, by launching an important and extraordinary phase of corporate turnaround in which substantial balance sheets with a positive margin have been achieved, consolidated throughout the years of his management.
Battisti was Chief Executive Officer of FS Sistemi Urbani, the company dedicated to the enhancement of the Ferrovie dello Stato S.p.A. Group’s real estate assets, also through largescale urban regeneration projects in the most significant Italian cities.
Battisti was a member and manager for the FS Group in the National Task Force for the Management and Reception Committee of the 2000 Jubilee, 2015 EXPO and 2016 Jubilee.
He has been a Member of the Assonime Board of Directors since June 2019.
Additionally, Battisti has been a Member of the Assolombarda General Council since 2018.
He has been a member of the CER Management Committee “Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Managers” since February 2019, being reconfirmed in September for the 2020-2021 two-year period. Battisti has been a member of the European Management Committee of the UIC (Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer) since September 2018.
Battisti is a member of Confindustria Nazionale’s Presidential Council and since July 2020, has also been a member of the internal Governing Council, a body that specifically serves to determine the medium- and long-term strategic objectives for all areas of action that qualify the confederal representation.
From June 2011 to May 2017, he was President of the Transport Section of Unindustria Lazio. Since September 2020, he has been Vice President of Unindustria Lazio, coordinating Infrastructure for growth.
From July 2017 to June 2020, he has been the National President of Federturismo, the Federation of Confindustria that unites companies in the sector both at a national and international level, with institutional, governance and representation tasks.
From 2009 to 2011, Battisti was a member of the Board of Directors for Artesia S.p.A. (a company managing railways connections between Italy and France).
Battisti has a degree in Political Science and International Economics and Management.
In the field of teaching and training, Battisti shared his managerial experience in the academic field at major Italian universities including Bocconi University, Luiss University and Sapienza University of Rome.
He has also collaborated in drafting economic and financial publications.
Member of the Strategic Guideline Council of the European University of Rome.
In 2019, Battisti received the Excellent award, award given to prominent personalities who have distinguished themselves all around the world thanks to their contribution to the enhancement of the Italian brand, as a strategic asset of the national economy.
In November 2019, Battisti was appointed by the European Commission for Transport as “European Ambassador for Diversity”, with the role of promoting a strategy of inclusion in the transport sector.
Operative in the Third Sector, he is Vice President of the National non-profit association Incontradonna for the prevention of breast cancer.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Aspro Onlus Association, providing support to Oncological Radiotherapy patients at the San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital in Rome.
In 2011, he was a member of the Honours Committee of the Paralympic World Games in Rome.
He has received numerous awards, both nationally and internationally. In London in 2009 came the Global Award WTM—presented by Boris Johnson—for business development strategies in High Speed in Italy.
Since 2010, he has been Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.