Appointments Rai, Fuortes: “I therefore respected the existing rules on the matter”
“As a director, I am required to comply with the provisions of the law and the articles of association and this is what I have done and what I will do later by taking autonomous decisions, when this is foreseen, and seeking the sharing of the board of directors when this is required “.CEO of Rai Carlo Fuortes, referring to recent appointments, speaking at a hearing before the Parliamentary Commission for the general direction and supervision of radio and television services.
Regarding the recent appointments of the directors of the news broadcasts and others tested “I must immediately tell you – Fuortes specified – that I have read and heard many inaccuracies and distorted scenarios. The Statute of Rai, which incorporates the provisions of law number 220 approved by the Chambers in 2015, assigns the CEO the powers to appoint all the executives of the Company. I repeat: the power of appointment of the executives is of the CEO and not of the Board of Directors, which instead obviously has many other corporate powers provided for by the Articles of Association “.
“The Statute, in application of the law – continues the CEO of Rai – specifies this power of the chief executive officer and, for the appointment of the various managers, divides it into three different procedures. The appointment of executives, who are not newspaper, network or channel directors, takes place independently from the opinion of the Board of Directors. In full compliance with the Articles of Association, this is what happened in the case of corporate directors and other appointed executives, for whom I made the choices in my autonomy provided for by the law. Always in compliance with the Statute, also in the future these appointments will be made autonomously “.
For the appointment of network and channel directors, “the law and the Articles of Association provide for a mandatory opinion from the Board of Directors. This is not a resolution of approval, but an opinion that is specified as being non-binding. The Regulations of the board – continued Fuortes – establishes that at least 24 hours before the meeting of the Board of Directors the names and curricula of the designates are sent to the Board itself, to allow the directors to carry out an adequate assessment and then express their opinion. but there is no prior collegial discussion phase of opinions by the Board “.
Finally “for i newspaper directors, through law 220 of 2015, the Parliament established that the opinion is instead binding if expressed by 2/3 of the members of the Board of Directors. Therefore for the CEO to have an agreement in the Board of Directors on the names he proposes it is essential. As you know, the majority of the members of the Board of Directors, 4 out of 7, is nominated by the two branches of Parliament, and therefore are an expression of the various political forces that make it up. And therefore it is the law and the Articles of Association that require the Chief Executive Officer, contrary to what is prescribed for other cases, to create the conditions for a positive opinion in the Board of Directors. Otherwise, the impossibility of appointing the editorial directors “.
“I have therefore respected the existing rules on the matter. To you, and through you to the Parliament – concluded the CEO of Rai – I intend to confirm that I consider it a duty on my part towards the organization and the role of the CEO itself, which is not up to me to expand or restrict with respect to how it is outlined by the legislation “.
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