Elio Tironi, Technical Director, Bergamo
“There’s something new every day, which helps you grow the business and grow professionally”
Chemical engineer Elio Tironi joined Cesalpinia, then a speciality chemicals company, in Bergamo, Italy, in 1974. Starting out in the textile division, he moved to paints then found his career path in foods in 1980. Cesalpinia was bought by Tate & Lyle in 2005, and in 2007 Elio was appointed Technical Director at Bergamo.
“Although I have a technical background, I’ve focused more on technical sales and service in my career and travelled a lot throughout Europe. Now, as Technical Director, I’m responsible for the quality of our food stabilizers and thickeners. I enjoy both aspects of my job – understanding the technical detail of our products and their commercial application. I help our food manufacturing customers solve problems, and use our products to get better results from their products, such as mayonnaise, jams and yoghurts.
“What I like most is that there’s something new every day, which helps you grow the business and grow professionally. The more problems you solve, the more knowledge you can apply elsewhere.
“Another thing I enjoy is living in Bergamo. It’s a sophisticated city with a beautiful, walled medieval town built on a hill. We’re surrounded by lakes and valleys, and there’s great skiing. Everybody who comes here loves it!”