Francesca is an experienced Non-executive Director with more than 25 years' director experience in blue-chip companies and start-ups in the digital, retail, FMCG and leisure travel industries.
Currently a Non-executive Director on the Boards of Air France, F&C Investment Trust plc, CT Automotive plc and the AIC, Francesca previously served on the Boards of Marshall Motor Holdings plc, Share plc, Good Energy Group plc and We Are Vista Ltd.
Prior to going plural, Francesca worked as Global Business Development Director and UK General Manager at Cheapflights Media for four years. She has extensive experience encompassing consultancy with McKinsey & Co, marketing with PepsiCo, general management in a range of blue-chip travel companies, including STA Travel, ThornEMI, Thomas Cook and Going Places, through to entrepreneurial activity, working with VCs to set up, establish and exit internet-based travel businesses, such as IfYouTravel.com.
Francesca is passionate about women in the workplace and gender equality. She chairs the ‘NED Talks’ workshop program for Senior Women at WACL Ltd and devotes considerable time to mentoring and facilitating career development opportunities for women, as well as actively promoting the commercial benefits of gender equality at work.
A graduate in Political Science and International Relations from Geneva University, Francesca also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She speaks French, English, Portuguese, Spanish and Hungarian fluently and Italian at conversational level.
A British and Hungarian citizen, Francesca lives in London and Provence with her husband, Tim.