ESM: A Year In Retail – Francesco Pugliese, Conad, Issue 2, 2018
In the run up to Christmas 2018, ESM is proud to present a recap of some of our biggest articles of the year, exclusively for Premium website subscribers. At the start of the year, we travelled to Bologna to meet Francesco Pugliese, the chief executive of Italian retailer Conad. This article first appeared in ESM Issue 2 2018.
There’s a distinct whiff of cigar smoke as ESM enters the executive office of Francesco Pugliese, the chief executive of Conad, Italy’s second biggest retailer. That’s not surprising, given the events of the past few hours.
The results of the Italian general election – a victory for populism, albeit with no clear winner – are plastered all over the giant TV screen that adorns the CEO’s office.
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