Paris, December 14, 2018
Vivendi and Telecom Italia
As announced on December 11, 2018, Vivendi wrote today to the Telecom Italia Board of Directors to urge it to convene a Shareholders’ Meeting as soon as possible to vote for the appointment of new financial Auditors.
Vivendi also asked that the agenda of the Shareholders’ Meeting includes a vote on the revocation of five Board members from the Elliott list who showed a substantial lack of independence and disrespect for the most basic and fundamental corporate governance rules, negatively affecting the organization and image of Telecom Italia. The Board members concerned by this revocation are: Fulvio Conti, Alfredo Altavilla, Massimo Ferrari, Dante Roscini and Paola Giannotti de Ponti.
To replace them, Vivendi asked that five new Board members be proposed to the Shareholders’ Meeting, all independent candidates with strong expertise and proven track records. The candidates proposed include four Italians and are: Flavia Mazzarella, Franco Bernabè, Gabriele Galateri di Genola, Rob van der Valk and Francesco Vatalaro.
Biographies of the candidates proposed as Board members are attached.
Since 2014, Vivendi has been focused on building a world-class content, media and communications group with European roots. The clear and ambitious strategy that was set in motion four years ago has been successfully executed by the Management Board. First, in content creation, Vivendi owns powerful, complementary assets in music (Universal Music Group), mobile games (Gameloft) as well as movies and series
(Canal+ Group), which are the three most popular forms of entertainment content in the world today. Second, in the distribution market, Vivendi has acquired the Dailymotion platform and repositioned it to create a new digital showcase for its content. The Group has also joined forces with several telecom operators and platforms to maximize the reach of its distribution networks. In 2017, a third building block – communications – was added to this structure, via Havas. Havas possesses unique creative expertise in promoting free content and producing short formats, which are increasingly viewed on mobile devices. In addition, through Vivendi Village, the Group explores new forms of business in live entertainment, franchises, ticketing and digital technology that are complementary to its core activities. Vivendi’s various businesses cohesively work together as an integrated industrial group to create greater value. www.vivendi.com, www.cultureswithvivendi.com