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Milan-Cortina: Andrea Varnier new CEO – Sport

Milan-Cortina: Andrea Varnier new CEO – Sport
Milan-Cortina: Andrea Varnier new CEO – Sport

Andrea Varnier is the name given to the members of the Milano-Cortina 2026 Foundation by the Minister of Sport, Andrea Abodi, for the role of new managing director to be proposed to the chairman of the board, Giorgia Meloni, who is nominated. The company that has to manage the organization of the 2026 Winter Olympics is thus ready to have a new leadership, with the current 58-year-old CEO of Costa Edutainment being appointed as Vincenzo Novari’s successor. The profile of Varnier (who has already worked, among others, at the 2006 Turin Games) as the final choice for the role was actually anticipated today by the Minister for Sport Andrea Abodi, with the official appointment arriving tomorrow. Putting an end to a soap opera that began with Novari’s farewell.

“Tomorrow we will communicate the name of the new CEO, but as early as the day after tomorrow or in any case by the end of the week he must understand what to do”, said Abodi at the Sport Industry Talk, organized by RcsAcademy and Corriere della Sera. “I tried to identify a profile starting from the characteristics of the person, not choosing the absolute best but the best relative, because the Olympic events need a deep knowledge. The timing is tight, we will need ministerial interventions” on the theme of infrastructures. added the minister. Who, among other things, was now ready to become CEO of Milan-Cortina, before the call to join the new executive. “My appointment was a pleasant thing, I was already on my way to Milan for Milan-Cortina but then there was a U-turn,” he added. The minister systematically informed the founding members and at the end of the process informed the Prime Minister.

“I am very satisfied with the methodology used by the minister”, said the president of Coni, Giovanni Malagò. “The sharing of the path first and of the name then gathered unanimous consent from the founding members and now we are confidently awaiting the decisions that are due to the premier by law”. The timing for the Games is still tight, therefore, even if according to the mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala there has not been too much delay. “We remove from the table the idea that we are very late. It is not so, I say it technically”, the words of the Milanese mayor. “Our formula makes the path easier, takes advantage of already existing facilities and leaves us no commitments as heavy as in the history of the Olympics. for appeals “. In this regard, Malagò underlined that “Milan-Cortina will be a great success but I agree with the minister: we need to adapt some rules without approving exceptions because there are some indispensable interventions”. Finally, Coni n.1 invites us to go back to running: “Now we can no longer make mistakes. I remember that the Fondazione Milano Cortina has nothing to do with the works, but without them it is as if we have not started the game. Now we must to work as a team, to avoid personalities and there are all the conditions to do well “, he concluded.

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