Appointments, another 20 days for the spoil system then the subsidiaries: the Meloni method

We look at profiles capable of bringing innovation in their functions and in the relationship with the executive

Another 20 days, until January 24, to close the spoiler system at the top of ministries and public bodies, including tax agencies. Then come the subsidiaries, in the heart of the state-controlled economy. And the big maneuvers that concern must also be considered Mef, Cdp and, in the autumn, Bank of Italy. The Meloni government plays the nomination game in a constantly evolving scenario.

Even before the names, which will obviously be decisive, it is the method that the words of the prime minister and the ministers closest to you have outlined that indicate the path you intend to follow. The goal is to renew as much as possible, looking at profiles capable of bringing innovation not only in their own functions but also in the relationship with the executive.

While awaiting a reform of the Bassanini Law, an objective already indicated by the prime minister, this may be possible under current legislation, which makes some positions practically untouchable. The image of the machete used by defense minister Guido Crosetto remains significant to represent the will to turn the page on what are considered bad habits. But the intention to go as deeply as possible is confirmed above all by the work of analysis and selection of suitable profiles that is going on. In order to govern while being able to count on an efficient public machine ready to implement the political direction, it is the belief that has been strengthened in these first few months, we need the right men and women in the right place.

The process, as far as ministries and public bodies are concerned, has already begun with the appointments of heads of cabinet and general secretaries but will continue in the coming weeks.

Then the other chapter will be dealt with, that of investees. The number of seats that will be at the center of the game of renewals at the top of the large state-owned companies exceeds 100 by far. From Eni to Enel, from Leonardo to Poste, with the approval of the 2022 financial statements, the boards of directors and boards of statutory auditors of some of the major public companies will expire. Calendar in hand, the formalization of the appointments will come with the shareholders’ meetings next spring. But it is known that, between confirmations and renewals, the great maneuvers for the redrawing of the map of power at the top of the large groups begin much earlier.

First of all, therefore, there are the six listed companies: Enav (CEO Paolo Simioni in his first term, since 2020), Enel (CEO Francesco Starace in his third term, since 2014), Eni (CEO Claudio Descalzi in his third term, since 2014), Leonardo (CEO Alessandro Profumo in his second term, since 2017), Poste Italiane (CEO Matteo Del Fante in his second term, since 2017), Terna (CEO Stefano Donnarumma in his first term since 2020). According to the calculations elaborated by the Comar study centre, just under 80 directors are expected to be appointed for these six companies alone, in addition to around 40 statutory auditors. Quoted but not only. The list then extends with the galaxy of MEF companies, also controlled indirectly through the CDP. The match promises to be intense and news is expected if we consider that for the previous round it was the yellow-red government that decided. For the listed big companies, there is an unwritten rule that provides for the change of top management after the third three-year period, but it is not binding and the economic situation, in particular that of energy, could favor the derogation from this principle.