A meeting of the Pirelli & C. SpA Board of Directors was held yesterday to confirm the cooptation of Li Fanrong to the board and his nomination as chairman. He succeeds Ning Gaoning who, as announced on 8 October, has tendered his resignation from the board.
Following his recent retirement as chairman of Sinochem Holdings, on 8 October 2022 Ning Gaoning also stepped down as chairman of the Pirelli & C. S.p.A. Board of Directors. He will likely be succeeded by Li Fanrong, who also took over from Ning as Sinochem Holdings’ chairman.
A significant leadership change has taken place within the company closely linked with Pirelli, Aeolus and Prometeon Tyre Group. During an executive meeting that Sinochem Holdings held this morning for middle and senior management, a representative from the Chinese Communist Party announced that Ning Gaoning is no longer chairman of the company’s board, nor is he secretary of Sinochem’s leading party group. Li Fanrong takes over both positions.
The restructuring of Sinochem Group Co., Ltd. and China National Chemical Corporation Ltd. (ChemChina) has resulted in the establishment of a new entity, Sinochem Holdings Corporation Ltd. (Sinochem Holdings). As of 8 May 2021, both Sinochem Group and ChemChina became wholly-owned subsidiaries of the new state-owned enterprise, which is said to be the world’s largest chemical conglomerate.
As a result of its shareholder meeting on 18 June, the board of directors of Pirelli & C. SpA re-nominated Marco Tronchetti Provera as Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) attributing to him the powers for the operational management of Pirelli. Company chairman, Ning Gaoning, was given the authority of legal representation of the company.
An addition to the executive silverware cabinet: During last week’s Fortune China CEO Summit, Sinochem ChemChina and Pirelli chairman Ning Gaoning was the recipient of a Fortune CEO Lifetime Achievement Award.
As expected, Ning Gaoning has been co-opted to the Board of Directors at Pirelli & C. S.p.A. and appointed chairman. Ning, who is also chairman of Chinese state-owned petrochemical and fertiliser company Sinochem as well as chairman of Pirelli parent company ChemChina, succeeds Ren Jianxin. Ren relinquished all roles he held on the Board of Directors at Pirelli & C. S.p.A. on 30 July.
As a consequence of his announced retirement as chairman of China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina), Ren Jianxin has resigned from all roles he held on the Board of Directors at Pirelli & C. S.p.A. His resignation took effect 30 July. Pirelli has officially thanked Ren for his “contribution to the company in these years.”
Ren Jianxin has retired as chairman of ChemChina. His successor has been named as Ning Gaoning (Frank Ning), who concurrently serves as chairman of Chinese state-owned petrochemical and fertiliser company Sinochem. Ren’s replacement by the chairman of ChemChina’s rival is considered by many a precursor to a merger between the two firms, an arrangement that would create a group with annual turnover in excess of £100 billion.