Francesco joined IMEC in June 2015. He started his career at sea in 1993 when after a brief stint on local ferries he joined Princess Cruises. He spent the following 9 years enjoying a number of managerial roles on board until he was offered a move to the shore based office of what was then P&O Princess Cruises. His shore based career saw him take on a number of Marine HR roles, which included being responsible for Recruitment, Training, Industrial Relations and Reward Management for the Marine, Technical, Hotel and Medical personnel of a large fleet of luxury vessels.
By the time he left he had reached the position of Senior HR Manager and was responsible for a pool of over 12,000 seafarers from more than 50 different nationalities. A brief period in his native Italy saw him working as HR Manager for MSC Cruises before a move back to the UK where he took over responsibility for the London based Crewing Division of K Line LNG.