Speaker Biography

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Francesca is a Portfolio NED / Chairman with expertise in Marketing with over 30 years’ experience in directing in both blue chip companies and start-ups in the Digital / Retail / FMCG / Leisure Travel industries.

Currently, Francesca is a Non-Executive Director at F&C Investment Trust plc., at Marshall Motor Holdings plc. Share plc. and at Air France. She Chairs the ‘NED Talks’ workshop program for Senior Women at WACL ltd and in 2016 was shortlisted for the Financial Times NED Awards.   She is an investor in a number of consumer tech start-ups, acts as advisor in the leisure travel, retail & digital marketing sectors and works as a Commercial Coach to several entrepreneurs. She is also the founder and Director of Advantage Portugal, a one-stop provider of personalised professional services to help foreigners investigate establishing homes, businesses or investments in Portugal.

Prior to going plural, Francesca worked as Global Business Development Director and UK General Manager at Cheapflights Media for 4 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 all matters relating to women in the workplace and gender equality. She devotes considerable time to mentoring and facilitating career development opportunities for women as well as actively promoting the importance of gender equality at work to relevant audiences.

A graduate of Geneva University in Political Science and International Relations, Francesca also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She speaks 6 languages: French, English, Portuguese, Spanish and Hungarian fluently and Italian conversational. She lives in London and Provence with her husband Tim.