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At the Snam shareholders’ meeting held on April 27, 2022 the number of directors was set at nine and the term of office set at three financial years, ending on the date of the shareholders’ meeting to approve 2024 financial statements. The majority of directors is independent according to the Consolidated Financial Act and Corporate Governance Code (six out of nine). Four of the nine members are female, according to the requirement of Italian regulations on gender representation on boards of directors (two-fifths of the Board's members).

Current members of the board are:

Massimo Bergami

Massimo Bergami

Independent Director according to the Consolidated Financial Act and Corporate Governance Code

Born in Bologna in 1964. He has been an independent Director of Snam since 27 April 2022.

He graduated with honours in Economics from the University of Bologna, completed a PhD in Business Management and has gained international experience at the University of Michigan, University of Florida and New York University.

He is currently a Full Professor of Corporate Organisation at the University of Bologna and Dean of the Bologna Business School. He is a non-executive Director on the Board of Directors of Ferrarelle S.p.A. and EFMD.

He works in the field of organisational identity and is the author of several essays and publications in international scientific reviews.

He was a Member of the Committee for Natural Capital (Ministry of the Environment and Land and Sea Protection); Economic Director of the Ministry for Regional Affairs, Tourism and Sport; Coordinator of the White Paper on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Advisor to the Ministry of the Defence.

He has carried out and continues to carry out activities to support research, innovation and entrepreneurship and since 2013 he has been a Senior Advisor of Fondazione MAST.

He has gained years of experience in the governance of listed companies, as Member of the Control and Risk Committee at Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A. and Telecom Italia Media, Member of the Compensation Committee, Control Committee, Lead Independent Director at Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. and Member of the Strategy Committee at Ferretti Group S.p.A..

He is an Honorary Professor at Nankai University and Mirbis and was awarded the honorary title of Knight and Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

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Laura Cavatorta

Laura Cavatorta

Independent Director according to the Consolidated Financial Act and Corporate Governance Code

She was born in Treviso in 1964.
As of 2 April 2019, she is a Director of Snam.
Graduated in sociology with honours.
She has over twenty years of managerial experience in the Alitalia group, holding roles of increasing responsibility, including in operational positions with 3,000-5,000 employees; she also directed the airline Air One from 2012 to 2014, bringing it back into balance.
She has acquired specific expertise in restructuring, mergers, acquisitions and receiverships, and is particularly sensitive to the management of human capital and the many dimensions involved in any corporate change.  
She deals with corporate governance, with a specific focus on ESG issues and on the different ways, including the impacts of climate change, of substantiating an approach aimed at sustainable development over time. She follows the B Corp movement and its paradigm of sustainable business, capable of developing profits together with a positive impact on society and the environment. She analyses methodologies and tools to identify and monitor ESG risks in an integrated manner, mapping their evolutionary dynamics and interconnections with other factors capable of triggering their possible impacts, paying particular attention to the environmental dimension, for aspects related to climate change, and to the social dimension, related to inequalities.
She supports gender equality, the development of female talent and merit-based careers, believing in the need for women to be fully integrated into all spheres of society and deservedly present in top positions.
She is in the boards of directors of the ESG European Institute and Fuori Quota, non-profit organizations active respectively on sustainability and women's empowerment and collaborates in ASviS on the Gender Equality goal of the UN 2030 Agenda.
Since 2018 she is Independent Director of Italian Wireless Infrastructures, for which she is also the Chairwomen of the Sustainability Committee and member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. 

Since June 2022, she has been an Independent Director of UNIEURO S.p.A. as well as a member of the Sustainability Committee and the Control and Risk Committee.

 
Augusta Iannini

Augusta Iannini

Independent Director according to the Consolidated Financial Act and Corporate Governance Code

Born in L’Aquila on 20 January 1950.

She been an independent Director of Snam since 27 April 2022.

She graduated with honours in Law from “La Sapienza” University of Rome and has embarked on a brilliant career in law, as a Lawyer and Magistrate from 1977 to 2012, holding the positions, among others, of Investigating Magistrate in criminal matters and Magistrate for preliminary investigations.

Vice Head of Cabinet of the Ministry of Justice since June 2001, from 13 December 2001 to 3 January 2005 she was the Director-General of the Criminal Justice System (with the duty, among others, of assessing codes of conduct drawn up by associations representing organisations, in accordance with Legislative Decree No. 231 of 8 June 2001) and also coordinated activities at the Council of Europe, the European Union, the UN and the OECD.

From 4 January 2005 to 7 June 2008, she was Head of the Justice Affairs Department (dealing, among other things, with the administrative management of judicial activities in civil and criminal matters; preliminary activities required for the Ministry to exercise its powers in proceedings; international cooperation in civil and criminal matters).

Head of the Legislative Office of the Ministry of Justice from 8 June 2008 to June 2012.

She held the position of Vice-Chairman of the Italian Data Protection Authority guaranteeing the protection of personal data from 19 June 2012 to 25 June 2020.

She is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of Policlinico San Donato and Chairman of the Risk Management Committee of the San Donato-Velca Group; a former member of the Board of Directors of Orofin S.p.A. and Chairman of the Supervisory Bodies of Esselunga spa and its subsidiaries Atlantic and Esserbella; Vice Chairman of the Monitoring Body of the code of conduct for the processing of personal data regarding commercial information.

She is the author of several legal publications.

She has received various awards over the years, including the Bellisario Award for justice in 2009 and was named Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour; in 2012 she received the “ Anna Maria Mammoliti” Minerva Award in honour of her Career; in 2015 she received the “Stella del Sud 2015” ASSUD Award as a leading woman in the professional world and in 2017 she received the 100 Eccellenze Italiane (100 Italian Excellences) Award.

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Piero Manzoni

Piero Manzoni

Independent Director according to the Consolidated Financial Act and Corporate Governance Code

Born in Bergamo on 08 October 1962.

He has been an independent Director of Snam since 27 April 2022.

He graduated in mechanical engineering, specialising in Technology, from the Polytechnic University of Milan and obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Bocconi University of Milan.

He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Neoruralehub, Chief Executive Officer of Neorurale SpA, companies focused on climate change and biodiversity, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Simbiosi Srl, Vice-Chairman of Confindustria Cisambiente, Member of the European Land Owner & Friends of Countryside, Member of the Board of the Life Sciences Group in Assolombarda.

In 2022, alongside Tamburi Investment Partners and as founder and CEO, he created Simbiosi S.r.l., a company whose objectives include the optimisation of the use of natural resources such as water, soil, air, energy, materials and biodiversity within the agri-food supply chain, and the efficiency of the food cycle (From Farm to Fork and Back to Farm Again), according to the principles of circular economy. The Simbiosi mission is also to offset the effects of climate change with nature-based solutions (NBS) for the use of clean and renewable energy that can be stored, emissions management systems that use artificial intelligence, and environmental blockchain systems to measure decarbonisation in production processes, absorption systems for CO2 in the soil according to regenerative ecosystem practices, production of fertilisers and soil conditioners from organic waste fractions, aimed at the development of regenerative farming models according to natural principles, and much more.

From 2009 to 2016 he held the position of Chief Executive Officer and General Manager at Falck S.p.A. and Falck Renewables S.p.A.

From 2006 to 2009 he was the Chief Executive Officer of Atel Energia S.p.A. (now Alpiq), also holding the position of Member of the World Energy Council Italia.

From 2001 to 2006 he worked for Siemens Italia, holding, among others, the position of Managing Director at Siemens Power, Chairman of Telegyr S.p.A., and Chairman of Fiat Avio Power Service and Chairman Vatech Italia, as well as being a member of WEC Italia.

From 1994 to 2001 he held various managerial positions in Italy and abroad and, among other things, he was the CEO and Country Manager of ABB Asea Brown Boveri Libia in Tripoli following his position as General Manager of the Power Solutions Business Area of ABB Italia.

  

Rita Rolli

Rita Rolli

Independent Director according to the Consolidated Financial Act and Corporate Governance Code

She was born in Forlì in 1969.

She has been Director of Snam since 2 April 2019.

She graduated in Law with honours from the University of Bologna.

A Court of Cassation lawyer, she carries out her professional activity in the field of civil law, commercial and corporate law - both in and out of court and in arbitration procedures - and corporate crisis resolution (Studio Galgano).

She teaches as a Full Professor of Private Law on the Master’s degree programme in Law in the Department of Law at the University of Bologna.

She holds the role of statutory auditor in Sogefi S.p.A.

She is the author of many publications and legal monographs and contributes to the compilation of prestigious legal journals.

Lastly, the research scope of her publications is also geared towards providing answers to climate change issues in the legal sector.

 

  

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Qinjing Shen

Qinjing Shen

Non-Executive Director

Bachelor Degree and Master’s Degree in Electrical Power System and its Engineering from Zhejiang University, China.

Currently he holds the office of Board member of CDP RETI S.p.A., Italgas S.p.A., Terna S.p.A. and State Grid‘s Chief Representative in Italy.

He has held the position of Director of Department of Business Development&Strategy, State Grid International Development , LTD from 2016 to 2021. As Key Contact and Coordinator in CPFL Energy sophisticated transactions of Brazil (Deal size: 9 billion USD, including Controlling Block deal, Mandatory Tender Offers for CPFL Energy minority shareholders, Mandatory Tender Offers for CPFL Renewabie, Re-IPO of CPFL).  As Key player for State Grid’s other M&A deals (Chilquinta, Chile (2.5 billion USD, 2020) CGE, Chile (3 billion USD, 2021).

SGID set up State Grid Brazil Holding (SGBH),whichhas engaged in power transmission projects, includingPhase II of Belo Monte UHVDC Transmission, the world’s longest ±800kV power transmission line. During the construction process, the team established an integrated plan regarding the protection of local animals and vegetation, especially for endangered species. Over 95% animals were rescued and over 25% vegetation were saved from deforestation when the project completed. And the reforestation plan has enabled greater biodiversity in the ecosystem.

He has held the position of Deputy Director of Department of Business Development&Strategy, State Grid lnternational Development , LTD from 2013 to 2016. As Project Manager and Key Contact of CDP Reti transaction (2.2 billion Euro) in 2014. Highly evolved in several Australia M&A transactions at that period for State Grid.

He has held the position of Project Manager of Department of Business Development&Strategy, State Grid International Development , LTD from 2008 to 2013. As Project Manager acquired 7 transmission Concessions in Brazil from Spain investors (1 billion USD) in 2010. Participating in the transaction of NGCP of Philippines (2009), REN of Portugal (2011).

He has held the position of Dispatching Engineer of Dispatching Communication Center, Zhejiang Electric Power Company (a subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China) (2003-2008).

From 17 th February 2022 he is member of the Board of Snam S.p.A.

  

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Alessandro Tonetti

Alessandro Tonetti

Non-Executive Director

Alessandro Tonetti (1977) is Vice General Manager and Director of Legal, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A.
A cum laude graduate in Law, he won two one-year scholarships for specialization courses in Administrative Sciences, with particular reference to Economic Public Law under the direction of Professor Sabino Cassese. Subsequently, he obtained a PhD in Administrative Law and Organization and Functioning of the Public Administration at the Sapienza University in Rome and a postgraduate specialization diploma in European Public Law at the Academy of European Public Law of the Kapodistrian University of Athens, with an in-depth examination on the subject of competition and state aid.

In December 2010 he became a senior executive at Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A. From June 2013 to February 2016, he was a member of the “Nucleo tecnico per il coordinamento della politica economica” (Technical Team for coordination of economic policy) in support of the Prime Minister' office and then since March 2014 he has held the position of deputy Head of Cabinet of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. In this latter period, as representative for the Ministry of Economy and Finance, he was a member of the “Gruppo di coordinamento per l’attuazione della disciplina dei poteri speciali sugli assetti societari" (Coordination group for the implementation of regulations on special powers on share ownership) operating at the Prime Minister’s office.

In the past, he has held managerial and executive roles at the Prime Minister's Office and was a member of the "Nucleo di consulenza per la regolazione dei servizi pubblici" (Advisory Team for public service regulation), as well as of the Technical Secretariat of the National Management Committee for economic programming, also operating at the Prime Minister's office, in support of the activity of the Inter-ministerial Committee for economic programming.

He teaches a Master’s degree course in Administrative Law (since 2003) now at the “Roma Tre” University and a Master's in Economics and Development Policies at the LUISS Guido Carli University (since 2016). In the past, he was a contract professor of Business Administration Discipline at the University of Tuscia (2001-2002) and Media Law at the same university (2005-2010), and of Public Finance Law at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University (2014-2016). He has also given lessons at the School of Public Administration and the School of Economics and Finance. Author of various articles and essays in major law journals on administrative national and European law and on Economic Public law.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Open Fiber and Open Fiber Holdings and member of the Special Fund Management Committee of the Istituto per il credito sportivo. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana founded by Giovanni Treccani S.p.A. (2020-2022), Enav S.p.A. in the three year period 2014-2017 (during which time the Company was listed on the Stock Market) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Florence Academy of Fine Arts (2013-2016).
 
  
 

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Monica de Virgiliis, Stefano Venier, Massimo Beragmi, Augusta Iannini, Qinjing Shen and Alessandro Tonetti were appointed from the list presented by shareholder CDP RETI SpA.

Laura Cavatorta, Piero Manzoni and Rita Rolli were appointed from the list jointly presented by Institutional Investors.   
Monica de Virgiliis has been appointed, on the proposal of the Shareholder CDP Reti, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. 

The members of the Board of Directors carry out their work at the company's legal offices in San Donato Milanese (MI), Piazza Santa Barbara, 7.

At its meeting on 11 October 2021, the Board has appointed Umberto Baldi, General Counsel of Snam, Secretary of the Board.

 

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