Italian industry giant gains V-P

Multibillion Italian defence, energy and transport giant Finmeccanica has turned to London to boost its international media relations.

Richard Coltart, former BAE Systems head of news, joins as vice-president of international media relations. Coltart will be based in London, but support the entire Finmeccanica Group. He has recently been working as an independent consultant.

Finmeccanica is the second largest industrial group in Italy and its largest hi-tech firm. According to reports the Italian government is proposing the reappointment at the upcoming shareholder meeting of 71-year-old Pierfrancesco Guarguaglini as the firm's chairman.

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