Italian boating, Tacoli (Ferretti Group) is headed for the leadership of UCINA

Genoa - According to leaks that are circulating insistently in the sector, the major companies Azimut/Benetti, Ferretti and Baglietto are pushing for UCINA’s interim president in the upcoming elections.

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di Matteo Dell’Antico

Genoa - We have a name: Lamberto Tacoli. And perhaps it will be a decisive one for the future of UCINA. According to leaks that are circulating insistently in the sector, the major companies Azimut/Benetti, Ferretti and Baglietto are pushing for UCINA’s interim president in the upcoming elections. And that’s not all: the current candidates for the position left vacant by Massimo Perotti (Sanlorenzo) are not convincing for many Italian operators. The names, which the MediTelegraph reported before the official statement, are Andrea Razeto, Fabio Planamente, Pietro Vassena and Corrado Salvemini. The sceptics point out that these men are little known and don’t have much experience, especially on an international level. This is why the three major groups have decided to support UCINA’s current interim leader to beat the competition.

Tacoli was vice president of UCINA for years and after Perotti’s resignation, he has temporarily assumed the leadership of the association because of seniority, as set forth in the statutes. He is the C.E.O. of CRN, a Ferretti Group brand. And consequently he is a pleasing candidate to the chief of the Emilia Romagna based giant, the lawyer Alberto Galassi, as well as Beniamino Gavio and the Vitelli family. So Tacoli has lots of experience in the yachting sector, both in Italy and internationally. But there’s more: the candidacy could also win a broad consensus among the small companies in the sector that in these recent weeks of crisis have appreciated his abilities as a mediator.

It is only a small step from here to the presidency: the CRN C.E.O.’s name can easily be added to the current list of presidential candidates. But it will be more difficult for him to be presented directly on the day of the general assembly, even if the rules allow it, since that requires the support of at least 25% of the companies with voting rights. Tacoli has always said that the fate of Genoa’s Boat Show was close to his heart. In the past, Tacoli himself suggested moving the Salone up to May to avoid competition with the Cannes and Montecarlo shows. His nomination could also result in the return to the Ligurian event of brands that had announced they would not participate. His presence would strengthen the association and would be symbolic of an overall reorganisation that is needed not only for the survival of Genoa’s Boat Show, but for UCINA itself. The three major companies are behind it. And they’re not the only ones.

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