Gianfranco Battisti has served as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane since 31 July 2018.
A railwayman driving one of the largest Italian public companies, with a deep knowledge of the industrial machine and who cares deeply for both employees and passengers.
The distinctive features of the strategy adopted by the new CEO for the Group are: renewed attention to the commuting customer, digital development to meet the needs of travellers, investments in the South, and logistics and enhancement of company know-how.
Gianfranco Battisti, originally from Fiuggi (FR) and a graduate in Political Science and in International Economics and Management, has twenty years of experience within the FS Italiane Group and a prolonged knowledge of the daily labours of railway workers, especially those who work daily on behalf of travellers. For nine years he was at the helm of Trenitalia's National and International Passenger Division, during which he launched High Speed services. A challenge he conquered thanks to the contribution of the entire FS Italiane Group. Later he became CEO of FS Sistemi Urbani, a company that takes care of enhancing the real estate assets of the entire FS Italiane Group.
The excellence of the high speed lines must also be replicated in regional transport: safety, quality, and efficiency of commuter rail transport are in fact among the priorities of the new CEO, which are combined with a focus on digital development, with a view to put those who choose the train at the centre of the company's core business and provide assistance and tools, thus ensuring an excellent travel experience. Among the challenges awaiting Gianfranco Battisti are full national railway interoperability and elevating the local and regional lines to the same safety standards as the Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (the National Grid Operator). Added to this is the integration between the railway system and other modes of transport; the development of logistics to offer an effective, convenient, and sustainable freight transport service; investments in the South, with measures aimed at reducing travel time and increasing the number of connections and the quality of services offered.
From July 2017 to May 2020, Gianfranco Battisti has also been the National President of Federturismo, the Federation of Confindustria that brings together companies in the tourism sector at the national and international levels. Attention to this sector is further confirmed through the establishment of a non-profit organization for the relaunch of the newspaper of its home town, Fiuggi, with the aim of promoting social events.
Since November 2019 Ambassador for Women in Trasports for the promotion of diversity in the transport sector, an event promoted by the European Commission.
In addition, Gianfranco Battisti is part of the Board of Directors of the non-profit National Association Incontradonna for the prevention of breast cancer and the Association for the Support of Patients of Radiotherapy Oncology (ASPRO), a non-profit organization that supports patients of radiotherapy oncology at Ospedale San Camillo - Forlanini di Roma.