Appointments Committee

Antonio Marano

Antonio Marano - Chairman

Independent director

 Born in Villach (Austria) in 1960. 

Graduated in Law with honours at the University of Bologna.

He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Partners 4 Energy S.r.l., an independent financial advisory company focusing on infrastructures and renewable energies. He provides financial institutions and companies with strategic support in these areas, in relation to mergers and acquisitions, loans and fundraising. He is Chairman of Aeroporto FVG S.p.A.

In 1998, after working in managerial roles at finance companies, he became General Manager for Italy of Commerzbank AG and later, in 2003, Director for Development at Autostrade S.p.A. In 2007, after working in the role of Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Scala Capital S.p.A., he became Deputy General Manager of Unicredit Corporate Banking and Head of the “Public Sector FIG & Intrastructures Italia”.


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Laura Cavatorta

Laura Cavatorta

Independent director

Born in Treviso in 1964.

She has been Director of Snam since 2 April 2019.

Graduate in sociology with honours. She gained over twenty years of managerial experience in air transport, holding roles of increasing responsibility in the Alitalia group from 1995 to 2017, holding positions of operational responsibility with 3,000-5,000 employees.

She has acquired specific expertise on the phases of restructuring, mergers, acquisitions and receivership, and on impacts, including process re-engineering and HR dynamics, acquiring particular consciousness of the many dimensions involved in each corporate “change”.

She has a keen interest in corporate governance, and in particular has examined ESG matters and the various expressions through which to substantialise an approach aimed at sustainable development over time. She is a follower of the B Corp movement, committed to disseminating a paradigm of sustainable business, able to develop profits while impacting positively on society and the environment.

She supports gender equality, the development of female talent and merit-based careers, believing in the need for full integration of women in all roles of society and their ability to make a significant contribution even in top positions.

She is active in several networks for sustainability and women's empowerment and collaborates in ASviS- Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development, on the Gender Equality objective of the UN Agenda 2030.


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Alessandro Tonetti

Alessandro Tonetti

Non-executive director

 Alessandro Tonetti (1977) is Vice General Manager and Chief Legal Officer of 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 Special Fund Management Committee of the Istituto per il Credito Sportivo. He was a member of the Board of Directors of 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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Snam’s process for nominating board members was highlighted in 2014 as best practice by the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) initiative, which brings together investors working to develop a more sustainable financial system. Read more about the study .

Main duties

The Appointments Committee consults with and advises the Board of Directors on individual appointments. Duties include:

  • proposing candidates for the position of director, should the office of one or more directors be vacated during the year, and to ensure compliance with the requirements for the minimum number of independent directors and for the quota reserved for the less represented gender on the board;
  • proposing candidates for the administrative bodies of Snam’s controlled companies included in the scope of consolidation and strategic subsidiaries;
  • developing and proposing instructions on limits and prohibitions on accumulation of offices by Directors of Snam and its Subsidiaries, criteria for assesing the requirements of professionalism and independence of directors, to ensure directors are not involved in competitive activities, and report any concerns to the Board;
  • formulating opinions for the Board of Directors on the size and composition of the Board itself and making recommendations on the managerial and professional figures whose presenze on the same Board is considered appropiate;
  • periodically and at least once a year, the Committee analyses the identification of the strategic investee companies and, where deemed appropriate, makes proposals to the Board of Directors;
  • examines the candidacies for the appointment of the Senior Vice President of Internal Audit, giving the Board of Directors its opinion; the review of the candidacies is carried out, where deemed appropriate, in meetings with the candidates held by the Chairman of the Appointments Committee together with the Chairman of the Control, Risk and Related Party Transactions Committee. The Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors is invited to these meetings;
  • examining and assesing the methodologies that govern the preparation of succession plans of executives with strategic responsibilities;
  • reporting to the Board, at least once every six months, not later than the latest date for the approval of the annual and six-monthly financial report, on the activities which it has carried out, at the meeting specified by the Chairman of the Board of Directors; in any event, subsequently to each meeting the Committee updates the Board of Directors in a communication, at the first available meeting, on the topics discussed and the comments, recommendations and opinions formulated therein.

Recent Activity

In 2019 the Appointments Committee met 8 times, with 100% of members present. Committee meetings were an average length of 38 minutes.

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