Andrea Illy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
illycaffè SpA

Andrea Illy is Chairman and CEO of illycaffè S.p.A., representing the third generation of Illy family members to lead the company.  Founded 80 years ago upon its invention of the modern espresso method, the company’s uncompromising passion and vision is to create the highest quality coffee: an authentic Italian experience in every cup, whether at a favorite restaurant or café, or right at home. Andrea spearheaded illy’s global expansion, bringing the illy experience to cafes, restaurants, hotels and retailers to more than 140 countries, where six million cups of illy coffee are now served every day. His academic background in chemistry led to his co-authorship of “Espresso Coffee: the Chemistry of Quality,” considered a leading text in its field, and to his appointment as president of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC). Andrea is a leader in sustainable coffee production. The quality- and direct-trade centric supply model that illycaffè pioneered 30 years ago became the basis for a certification standard from Det Norske Veritas, the global industrial certification authority.  He is a founding member of the Sustainable Business Leadership Council, a joint initiative of the Culinary Institute of America and Harvard, and has served as committee chairman of the UN’s International Coffee Organization. Andrea is president of Altagamma, the Italian luxury brands association, and is on the Advisory Board of SDA Bocconi in Milan, one of Europe’s premier business schools.