ROME (AFP) – Telecom Italia Chief Executive Luigi Gubitosi has resigned, news reports said on Friday, amid increasing pressure on the top management by shareholders, including France’s Vivendi.
The departure of Gubitosi, who has been at the helm of the struggling telecom company since May 2018, comes in the wake of a nearly EUR11 billion buy-out offer from United States (US) private equity firm KKR.
TIM’s current president, Salvatore Rossi, will take on Gubitosi’s duties in the interim, reported Italian news agency AGI.
A former executive of Fiat and Alitalia, Gubitosi in recent years has not been able to reverse the declining share price of Italy’s largest telecom firm.
The move came nearly a week after the “friendly” public tender offer by New York-based Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, for the entire share capital of TIM.
KKR said its offer would be for an initial EUR.505 per share, valuing the Italian operator at around EUR10.8 billion (USD12.2 billion).
TIM’s board met on Friday for six hours, AGI said, after calling an emergency meeting yesterday. It said then that KKR’s proposal was subject to about four weeks of due diligence and would require the backing of a majority of shareholders.
Any buyout of TIM would need the approval from Italian government stakeholders, as TIM’s network is considered a national strategic asset.