Chairman of the Barilla Group was born in Milan in July 1958. As an undergraduate, he spent two years studying in the United States, first as a senior in high school then as a freshman at Boston College. Because of family reasons, he decided to return to Italy and attended the Università Statale di Milano, where he studied Philosophy. In 1982 he started his career in the Sales Department of Barilla France, a subsidiary of the family Company. Following this training, he worked at several food companies in the United States. Back in Parma, the headquarters of Barilla, he became a top manager in 1986, leading the international expansion of the Company. In 1988, he was appointed as Barilla Deputy Chairman. Following the death of his father Pietro in October 1993, Guido Barilla was named Group Chairman, a role he still holds today. Since 2009, he has also been Chairman of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, now BCFN Foundation.