In a short statement, the company pointed out that Gori is bound by a three-year non-competition agreement from the date of his departure. Furthermore, Pirelli stated: "The company expresses its appreciation to Francesco Gori for the significant contribution to the group's results and development made in 33 years of service.[image_0] Francesco Gori was born in Florence on 15 May 1952. He obtained a degree in Economics from Università degli Studi in Florence. After two years of working experience in a software house, he entered the Pirelli Group in 1978. His first years were spent in sales departments both in the Italian market and in export markets. He was then appointed Product Manager in 1982 in the Motorcycle Tyre division, and later Country Manager for Northern European Markets in 1986, covering then also Middle East and Far East export markets from 1988. In 1990 he was named as Business Manager, Car Tyres, and in 1991 Director of Product Planning & Strategy, Tyre Sector. In 1993 he was appointed Tyre Marketing Director, in 1997 Director of Business Development, then, in 1999, Sales and Marketing Director. In 2001 he was promoted to General Manager of Pirelli Tyre Sector. Effective 1 July 2006, he has been named Chief Executive Officer of Pirelli Tyre. In September 2009 he has also been appointed General Manager Tyre & Parts, Pirelli & C. In October 2006, Gori has been elected President of the newly constituted ETRMA - European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association - and, in 2008, re-elected for a further three years mandate.