Personnel and organisation

Considering the prospective market scenarios in the years ahead and the business objectives that the Company intends to pursue, the contribution of the Human Resources & Organisation Direction Unit is even more strategic to the process of integration and international expansion that Ansaldo STS has undertaken in the past three yeas. One of the key factors of success for a company in the high-tech market is its capacity to attract and retain the best talent at a global level. A process of mapping the Group's most valuable resources has been structured for this purpose, thus making it possible to identify a pool of talented professionals at an international level who will be designated for professional development on a global scale. Consistent with the initiatives launched in past years aimed at supporting the multi-cultural dimension and an understanding of differences within the Group, the Human Resources & Organisation Direction Unit continued to invest in 2008 in international development programmes (including the Columbus Programme) for the purpose of supporting integration.

Fast-Forward Driven By Business

Consistent with the development of the strategic objectives set in 2008, the Group launched a specific project known as "Fast-Forward Driven by Business" in order to reinforce the efforts under way to support the Group's internationalisation and the streamlining of the global approach to business. The project's main objective is to define and implement actions that will steer the Ansaldo STS Group's organisation toward a more integrated, coordinated and efficient approach with regard to both business processes and staff activities. For this purpose, the review of the current corporate structure (in which the signalling business is configured as a "federation of companies" and the transport systems business as an essentially regional operation) should be able to facilitate the global adoption of the operating solutions and best practices in place at a national level. The management of Fast-Forward Driven By Business has been vested with a specific task force made up of internal staff from the Group's various companies. The direct participation of the largest possible number of employees coming from every continent on which the Group operates will make it possible to benefit from the Group's multi-cultural resources. The project contemplates a preparation phase that will be concluded in the first quarter of 2009, and that will lead to the identification of specific actions to be taken for the rest of the year. Aware that every process of cultural change can be successful only if most of the staff are part of it, the Human Resources & Organisation area has implemented a major internal communications plan in order to illustrate to all of the employees the purposes of the project and to receive important feedback about the actions undertaken to support the integration and internationalisation processes in all geographic areas in which Ansaldo STS is present.

Ansaldo STS corporate structure

There were no changes in the Company's senior management in 2008, and therefore, the officers include:

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors: Alessandro Pansa (shareholders' meeting on 21 November 2005);
  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors: Sante Roberti (Board of Directors of 24 February 2006);
  • Chief Executive Officer: Sergio De Luca (Board of Directors of 14 June 2007).

All of these positions were confirmed by the shareholders' meeting and the meeting of the Board of Directors held on 1 April 2008. The top tier of the Ansaldo STS organisational structure instead experienced some changes, as approved by the Board of Directors with resolutions passed on 22 January and 12 May 2008. With resolution dated 22 January 2008, the Board of Directors formed a new entity named "Processes, Quality and Systems", with the mission of identifying opportunities for improving processes with a view to increasing the overall group efficacy and efficiency, coordinating the implementation of adequate and effective total business quality management systems, coordinating and managing the information systems of Ansaldo STS and the subsidiaries organised under the laws of Italy. The responsibility for these activities, which have a direct reporting relationship to the Chief Executive Officer, lies with Vice President Christian Andi. At the same time, the "Human Resources & Process Improvement" Direction, headed by the Senior Vice President Carlo Cremona, with the assistance of Vice President Francesco Romano as Deputy Chairman, took on the name of "Human Resources & Organisation". Later, on 12 May 2008, the Board of Directors vested Vice Chairman Mauro Giganti with the responsibility of the Internal Audit function as of 1 June 2008. Accordingly, the top level of the Company will be organised as follows:

  • The following functions will report to the Company's Chairman:
    • Internal Audit, headed by Mauro Giganti, Vice President;
    • Risk Management (for project control activity), headed by Antonio Manzi, Senior Vice President.
  • The following report to the CEO:
    • General Secretary, headed by Mario Orlando, General Counsel
    • Administration, Finance and Control Direction, headed by CFO Jean Paul Giani;
    • Human Resources & Organisation Direction, headed by the Carlo Cremona, Senior Vice President, with the assistance of Francesco Romano, Vice President;
    • Business Development Direction, headed by Emmanuel Viollet, Senior Vice President.

The General Secretary and the Directions are charged with planning and controlling all of the Group's activity. The corresponding Directions of the individual operating companies thus functionally report to the Directors of Ansaldo STS and directly report to the chief executive of their respective companies.

  • The following functions also report to the Chief Executive Officer:
    • Processes, Quality and Systems, headed to Christian Andi, Vice President;
    • Investor Relations, headed by Andrea Razeto, Investor Relator;
    • Risk Management & Project Control (for risk management activity), headed by Antonio Manzi, Senior Vice President;
    • Industrial Competitiveness, headed up by Giuseppe Spezzi, Vice President.

At a meeting held on 18 April 2008, the Board of Directors rendered a positive opinion on the plan for the merger of the subsidiaries, Ansaldo Trasporti Sistemi Ferroviari SpA (ATSF) and Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviario SpA (ASF), into the Parent company, Ansaldo STS, at 1 January 2009. The transaction has the following main objectives: the significant streamlining of the operations carried out in Italy; the simplification of the current chain of decision-making and governance; and the reduction of the costs related to the Group's corporate structure. Trade union meetings were successfully held in May 2008 in relation to the merger transaction, as envisaged by Article 47 of Law no. 428 dated 29 December 1990. At a meeting held on 12 December 2008, the Board of Directors of Ansaldo STS SpA passed a resolution providing for the organisational changes outlined below at the date of the incorporation Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviario SpA (ASF) and Ansaldo Trasporti-Systems Ferroviari SpA (ATSF):

  • The Legal and Corporate Affairs activities of the two incorporated companies carried out to date as part of ATSF will be incorporated into the General Secretary's office.
  • The Administration, Finance and Control activities of the two incorporated companies carried out to date as part of ATSF will be incorporated into the Administration, Finance and Control Direction of Ansaldo STS.
  • The activities of the two incorporated companies in relation to quality assurance and management of certification systems will be incorporated into the Processes, Quality and Systems function.
  • A new Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) function will be set up and will report to the Chief Executive Officer; the function will be responsible for the same functions existing within the incorporated companies.
  • The activities of the Transport Systems, Signalling and Technological Innovation in Italy will begin reporting to the Chief Executive Officer through their respective transfer to the Transport Systems Business Unit - Italy, the Signalling Business Unit - Italy and the Innovation Business Unit - Italy.
  • The activities related to Facility Management and Purchasing not pertaining to the productive processes will be transferred to the Signalling Business Unit - Italy which will service the entire Ansaldo STS SpA structure.

The "employers" responsible for security in the workplace as defined by Italian Legislative Decree n. 81/08 have been appointed: Oscar Cantelmi for Genoa, Ulderigo Zona for Naples, Vincenzo Cinque for Tito Scalo (PZ), and Giuseppe Spezzi for Turin and for the worksites abroad. The appointments go into effect on 1 January 2009.

From an organisational perspective, a Coordination Team for the Development Activities of the CBTC System was formed. Several companies of the Ansaldo STS Group co-operate to this team. The Team is coordinated by Omar Rezzoug of Ansaldo STS France, while Leonardo Impagliazzo of Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviario is responsible for the team's coordination of V&V Activities, including the System Safety activity. The Team has the objective of monitoring the system developments in order to increase the level of product knowledge and to gain the confidence needed regarding the compatibility of the development times with the application demands of the Ansaldo STS company.

Other appointments include:

  • Carlo Cremona as Security Manager of the Ansaldo STS Group, with the objective of coordinating and addressing the company heads of the various security units;
  • Riccardo Acquaviva as the head of the External Relations unit of Ansaldo STS.

On the governance front, revisions were made in 2008 to the following:

  • the Regulatory System within Ansaldo STS SpA, with the definition of an organised and consistent set of documents, useful for setting responsibilities, roles, rules and tasks for the implementation of the "Model for the Organisation, Management and Control pursuant to Legislative Decree no. 231 of 8 June 2001";
  • the Travel Regulations, with the updating of the criteria for calculating and recognising the expenses incurred by employees working temporarily in offices other than that where they usually perform their work.

Regional Companies

Consistent with the Group's strategic international development needs, the subsidiaries that are organised according to a structure based on "Regional Companies" report to the Chief Executive Officer. In completing the implementation of the programme to streamline and simplify the Group's structure - a programme that began in 2007 with the reorganisation of the companies operating in the Asia Pacific area, the Board of Directors gave its definitive approval to the dissolution of the Dutch sub-holding company, Ansaldo Signal NV (in liquidation). Once the Dutch company is dissolved, certain foreign companies of the Group operating abroad (including Ansaldo STS France and Ansaldo STS USA) will be directly controlled by the Parent company, with an arrangement similar to that for Ansaldo STS Australia. In addition, on 1 May 2008, Alan E. Calegari was appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Ansaldo STS USA.

Accordingly, the responsibilities for subsidiary companies are assigned as follows:

  • Ansaldo Trasporti Sistemi Ferroviari: Sergio De Luca;
  • Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviario: Sergio De Luca;
  • Ansaldo STS France: Georges Dubot;
  • Ansaldo STS U.S.A.: Alan E. Calegari;
  • Ansaldo STS Australia: Lyle Jackson.

The Group's workforce at 31 December 2008 stood at 4,352, with an increase of 109 or 2.6%, compared with the figure of 4,243 at 31 December 2007.

The breakdown of the workforce by business unit is shown below: No. Employees

  • Signalling Business Unit: 3,901
  • Transport Systems Business Unit: 376
  • Other Activities (Corporate): 75
  • The 3,901 resources of the Signalling Business Unit are subdivided among the regional companies as follows: No. Employees
  • Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviario: 1,010
  • Ansaldo STS France 675
  • Ansaldo STS USA: 950
  • Ansaldo STS Asia Pacific: 1,132
  • Ansaldo STS Sweden: 45
  • Ansaldo STS UK: 53
  • Ansaldo STS Ireland: 34
  • Ansaldo Signal N.V. (in liquidation): 2

A more significant increase has occurred in the Asia Pacific region in view of growing market volumes in such area.

Workforce by Business Unit at 31 December 2008-2007