Telecom Italia set to appoint Amos Genish as CEO

Telecom Italia (TIM) is set to appoint Amos Genish as its new chief executive, four sources close to the matter said on Wednesday, in a choice seen as French media group Vivendi further stamping its authority over the Italian phone group.

Genish was appointed general manager for operations at Telecom Italia (TIM) in July after the phone group parted ways with former CEO Flavio Cattaneo following clashes with Vivendi, TIM’s top shareholder with a 24 percent stake.

The new appointment would likely be made official at a board meeting on Thursday, the sources said, although last minute changes were possible.

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Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine would retain his position as TIM’s chairman, two of the people added.

One of the sources said TIM’s deputy chairman Giuseppe Recchi could also retain his post and remain responsible for international unit Sparkle, which is deemed strategic because its submarine network transmits information between countries in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Americas.

Telecom Italia could not immediately be reached for comment. Vivendi declined to comment. Source

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