Lead Independent Director The Board of Directors on October 26, 2012 appointed the director Gian Maria Gros-Pietro as Lead Independent Director. The above mentioned Director was reconfirmed in his past by the Board of Directors at a meeting the after the Shareholders' Meeting convened in 2016 to elect the Board of Directors currently in office. The Lead Independent Director is the landmark for the co-ordination of the requests and contributions of the non-executive directors, particularly the independent ones. He co-operates with the Chairman of the Board of Directors to ensure the best possible operating of the Board. The Lead Independent Director may summon, independently or at the other directors’ request, meetings of the independent directors to discuss topics of interest as to the operating of the Board of Directors or the management of the company.