The italian job - Telecom Italia's GC on one of Europe's most eventful in-house roles
Life at Telecom Italia (TI) is rarely dull. Italy's largest telecoms company is currently embroiled in two major scandals, each containing enough intrigue and drama to fulfil the war story quota of TI general counsel and company secretary Antonino Cusimano for a good few years. Not that he can share such tales publicly, of course. The first involves illegal gathering of personal information. Between 2001 and 2006 the phones of more than 5,000 Italians - among them journalists, politicians and other prominent individuals - were allegedly tapped. Since the scandal was uncovered four years ago there have been a host of arrests, including that of TI's former head of security, Giuliano Tavaroli.
Amid co-ordinating Telecom Italia’s response to two major scandals, the company’s general counsel has found time to overhaul his legal team. Alex Aldridge reports
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