Gianfranco Battisti has served as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane since 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.
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 the General Council of Confindustria Nazionale 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.
On the occasion of the G20 Presidency entrusted to Italy, he was appointed as a member of the Advisory Board for the B20 business summit organised by Confindustria, with the aim of formulating recommendations and policy proposals focused on the G20 Presidency itself.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Gianfranco Battisti, 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.
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. Since March 2021, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Luiss University in Rome. Battisti is also a member of the Strategic Guideline Council of the European University of Rome.
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.
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.
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.