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SEC Newgate S.p.A. - Directorate Change and Business Update

RNS Number : 8022I
SEC Newgate S.p.A.
06 April 2020

6 April 2020


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SEC Newgate S.p.A.


 ("SEC Newgate", the "Group" or the "Company")






The Board of SEC Newgate, the international communications, advocacy and research group, today announces the appointment of Sergio Penna as Group Financial Officer. This follows the decision of Federico Vecchio, currently Chief Financial Officer, to step down for personal reasons. Mr Vecchio was not a member of the Group Board.


Mr Penna will join the Group on 1 June 2020 in order to ensure an effective handover with Mr Vecchio, who will be leaving on 30 June 2020.  It is intended Mr Penna will join the Board of SEC Newgate during the Autumn of 2020.


Mr Penna qualified as a chartered auditor in 2005 with Mazars S.p.A. and holds a degree in economics from Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. He brings to the Group extensive financial experience gained in a number of multinational organisations. His most recent role was as Finance Manager at MotorK, an Italian based multinational which specialises in providing hi-tech services to the car industry in operations across Europe. Prior to that, he held accounting and financial positions with Amazon, Celio, BDO and WeiserMazar, in Italy, France and the US. In addition to Italian, Mr Penna is fluent in both English and French.


Commenting, John Foley, Chairman of SEC Newgate S.p.A., said:


"On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Federico for the significant contribution he has made during the initial stages of the Group's evolution following the successful SEC Newgate merger, which became effective on 4 September 2019. We wish him every success in his future endeavours.


We are fortunate Sergio is able to join us in June so an effective handover of Federico's responsibilities can take place. Sergio has the knowledge and experience to add considerable value to the Group as its CFO and we look forward to working with him."


Business and coronavirus ("CV-19") update


The Group made an excellent start to the current financial year, generating a very healthy level of new business wins and performing at above budget profit levels. However, we anticipate the level of future activity will be adversely affected to varying degrees in individual countries where we operate depending on the severity of CV-19. Our operations have reduced all discretionary spend and we are in the process of assessing the likely three-month position in the changed circumstances that we face, including the availability of assistance from Government financing initiatives. In the meantime, our service offering has been recalibrated and a best practice exchange setup for our specialists across the Group to share initiatives to support our clients in protecting their market share and brand equity in the CV-19 environment and beyond.


The Group has committed banking facilities available with maintainable covenants and enjoys excellent relationships with its lenders to support the Group through this difficult period. It also benefits from the recent Euro 2.5m Convertible Bond issue and a new Euro 3m four-year banking facility with Deutsche Bank S.P.A announced in December 2019.


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Further information:

For further information please contact:

SEC Newgate S.p.A.


Fiorenzo Tagliabue (Group CEO)

Telephone: +39 335 6008858

[email protected]


Emma Kane (Deputy Group CEO, 

CEO Newgate Communications UK)


Telephone: +44 (0) 7876 338339

[email protected]

Federico Vecchio (Group CFO)

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7680 6500

[email protected]


Arden Partners (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Richard Johnson / Benjamin Cryer 


Telephone: +44 207 614 5900


Notes to Editors about SEC Newgate


·      Further information is available at www.secnewgate.com  

·      On 3 September 2019, SEC S.p.A. and Porta Communications Plc merged to create SEC Newgate S.p.A. 

·      The Group's principal brands are:  ACH SEC Global (Spain); Cambre Associates (Belgium); Cambre Maroc (Morocco); Clai (France); Kohl PR (Germany); Martis Consulting (Poland); SEC Latam (Colombia); Newgate Communications (Abu Dhabi, Australia, Greater China, Singapore, UK); Newington (UK); Publicasity (UK); SEC Newgate S.p.A. (Italy); and 2112 (UK).



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