The president is counting on signing his first cousin Marta Segu i Estruch to direct the Fundació
The position of director was held until now by Mària Vallés, who this Friday received the notice of dismissal
After hiring his sister, now Joan Laporta plans to integrate into the Barça to his first cousin. The reform of the internal ethical code promoted a few days ago, which prevented the incorporation of family members, paved the way for Love Laporta join the club in a newly created position that reports to the Compliance Officer, the office that oversees compliance with internal regulations. Now it will also allow Marta Segu and Estruch I entered to direct the Fundació, where I had already worked. Will occupy the position of Mària Valles, who this Friday has been notified of his dismissal.
Marta Segu had already held the position of general director of the Fundació in 2008 with Laporta as president. He currently works in the company Grifols and, according to some sources, he has already informed his team that he is leaving the powerful Catalan multinational.
With Vallés, who reported directly to the former vice president Jordi Cardoner In the previous directive, the Foundation has expanded internationally and has consolidated programs such as bullying, refugees and violence prevention at the local and global level. Laporta has chosen someone he directly trusts at the head of the social programs that best represent the values that the club has always wanted to transmit.
Modification of the code of ethics
The appointment of Segu Estruch is not yet official, as it is that of Maite Laporta, who has already joined as a new Head of the Inclusion and Diversity area at Barça. A newly created position that will report directly to Xavier Mas, the new Chief Compliance officer and delegate of Data Protection of FC Barcelona. The sister already helped the president during the election campaign.
Its functions include “ensuring that FC Barcelona is a club that works for inclusion and cultural, functional, generational and gender diversity within our collective,” according to the official statement.
For both positions, the board of directors had to modify some articles of the internal code of ethics that had been in force since 2010 and which was followed to the letter. Among other details, it was said that it went against the spirit of that ethical code “to contract labor or commercial relatives, up to a fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity, either personally or through companies in which they participate or work.”
Now, family contracts are possible if “the professional solvency of the person to be hired, as well as their merits and conditions are verified and justify the objective convenience of hiring that person instead of another.” Laporta himself chose to stay out of the vote to decide the incorporation of his sister. You may do the same with your first cousin.
Family ties don’t end here. It is intuited from the club that in La Masia, where a revolution has occurred today, Zigor, the son of Alexanco, the new head of the quarry. I would do it in the methodology department.
Goodbye to a veteran of Protocol
Another of the dismissals, they count within the club, more surprising is that of Victoria de Vicente, from the IR and Protocol department and, in that sense, in charge of organizing the Camp Nou box at each Barça match for many years. The dismissal occurred a few days ago.
De Vicente already fulfilled that function before Josep Maria Bartomeu became president of the club. Bartomeu, after separating from his wife, and De Vicente’s sister became a couple. There are those who believe that this relationship is what has led Laporta to make the decision to fire her.
The dismissal is strange because on March 3, when the president of the Management Company, Carles tusquets, a few days before the elections to appoint a new president, he invited the three candidates (Joan Laporta, Víctor Font and Toni Frexias) at the Camp Nou box to witness the return of the Cup semifinals against Sevilla, De Vicente chatted amicably with the three candidates and even reminded Laporta that she had been at the club for a long time, fearing, perhaps, that for his relationship with Bartomeu could cause him to be fired. Laporta told De Vicente that night that he should not fear for his work “because everyone says that you are very effective.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.