Riccardo Illy is the Chairman of Polo del Gusto, the newco founded in June 2019, where the subsidiary companies of Gruppo Illy, the Holding company of the Illy family, were conferred. It owns premium food companies: Domori (chocolate), Mastrojanni (wine farm in Montalcino), Dammann Frères (French tea brand), partially Agrimontana (super-premium preserved fruit, such as marron glacés and jams) and Fgel-Bonetti (coffee and ice-cream shops).
From 2014 to June 2019 he held the role of Chairman of Gruppo Illy. He joined illycaffè, the family owned company, in 1977. A few years later he became Sales Director. In 1992 he was appointed CEO and later Vice-President. Mr. Illy was member of the High Level Group on Administrative Burdens of the EU from 2008 to 2010.
From 2004 to 2008 he served as President of the Assembly of European Regions and from 2003 to 2008 as President of the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia.
In 2001 he was elected MP in the Italian Parliament and before that he held the position of Major of Trieste city (1993-2001).
Mr. Illy was appointed “Grande Ufficiale” by the President of the Italian Republic and awarded the “Golden Honorary Title” by the President of the Austrian Republic.
He has the degree Honoris Causa in Political Sciences and lectured at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Trieste University. He is member of the IEDC – Bled School of Management Supervisory Board.
Since 2018 he has been leading a course on Disruptive Quality.
Mr. Illy is also a journalist and author of different books.
He was born in 1955, is married and has a daughter.