Italian classification society RINA has appointed a new board
of directors and chief executive. Effective today, Enrico (Gianni) Scerni will be
Chairman of RINA Spa, and Ugo Salerno will be CEO.
The shareholders meeting, held on May 23, has also taken the opportunity to thank the Chairman Saverio Di Macco, the CEO Nicola Squassafichi and all the other Board members
for the very good work done in the past three years.
Enrico Scerni, President of Genoa-based Finservice - Gruppo Scerni, says:
"RINA is a keystone of the Italian maritime cluster. It is an honour to be
asked to chair a company which is so rich in expertise and so important to
Ugo Salerno, who steps down today as Managing Director of Coeclerici
Armatori and Logistics to take over as RINA's CEO, says: "Today,
classification and certification are challenging and exciting areas of
shipping. I'm looking forward to taking RINA forward as a global centre of
excellence with, of course, an Italian heart."
Saverio Di Macco, who steps down after three years as RINA's Chairman, says,
"The whole business of classification has undergone a fundamental change in
the last few years. The company is well placed to cope with the industry
evolution and will go forward in good hands. I leave a sound company, with
tidy accounts, solid assets, increasing turnover and stable employment."
Nicola Squassafichi, who will retire after a long career at RINA, serving as
RINA's CEO and Director General since 1991, says, "We have had a tough time
lately, but we have emerged stronger and more focused. I'm happy to hand
RINA and its highly professional and loyal staff over to the guidance of a
Board with strong shipping experience. I am confident that RINA will
continue to serve Italian shipowners and industry, and our world-wide
customers, better than ever."
Beside Scerni and Salerno, the following Directors have been appointed as
members of the Board: Giuseppe Bernardi (Deputy Chairman); Umberto D'Amato;
Gianrenzo Prati; Carlo Stagnaro and Manfredo Zanardi.