Arthur D. Little appoints Francesco Acanfora as Partner to lead Healthcare & Life Sciences in Italy
October 2021

Arthur D. Little (ADL) today announced that Francesco Acanfora has been appointed as a Partner in Italy, where he will lead the local Healthcare & Life Sciences practice. Based in the company’s Milan office, Francesco brings a wealth of experience to ADL, with a particular expertise in developing new business architectures and running digital transformation programs for life sciences companies.

Prior to joining ADL, Francesco was Managing Director for Life Sciences at Accenture, Milan, and was responsible for driving the division’s financial growth while ensuring that its clients benefited from continuous innovation in response to industry trends. From 2015 to 2018, Francesco was Corporate Director for Demand Management and Digital Innovation at A. Menarini Pharmaceutical Industries Group, having joined the company in 2012; and from 2006 to 2012, he was Strategy & Enterprise Architect at multinational catering company Autogrill.

Saverio Caldani, Managing Partner at ADL Italy and Spain, comments: “I am very happy to welcome Francesco to our Italian team. His arrival will strengthen the Milan office and his proven leadership skills will ensure the continued growth of our Healthcare practices in Italy and Spain. Servicing the local pharmaceutical sector is a fundamental part of our future development strategy.”

Ulrica Sehlstedt, Global Leader of ADL’s Healthcare & Life Sciences practice, comments: “As an expert in helping life sciences companies with their digital transformation journeys, Francesco has an important role to play at ADL. These companies are on the frontline of protecting us against potential new threats to our health and well-being, as well as diagnosing and treating us when infections occur, so it is vital that their digital infrastructure and enterprise architecture is both as robust and innovative as possible.”

Francesco Acanfora, Partner at ADL, adds: “Life sciences is one of the most complex and demanding sectors in business, with a constant drive to develop new products and solutions. From research and trialing to governance and production, every step has to be fine-tuned for maximum efficiency. As such, the technologies and systems that companies use must always be fit for purpose, because those that lag behind in developing their digital architecture will quickly be overtaken by their competitors.”

Francesco has a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Naples, Italy.

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