Macri and Nardelli in the port of Timbues, last year
“Dear Sergio, allow me to say ‘dear’ even though there were not many times we met. But in those times, and seeing you act, I developed affection and respect for you « .
Thus begins the farewell letter sent from Europe by the former president Mauricio Macri to the family of Sergio Nardelli, the CEO of the Vicentin group who died last night at the age of 59 of a heart attack at his home in Avellaneda, the city of Santa Fe where the agro-export company was born 90 years ago.
From the pain I have, I want to promise you that Argentines will overcome this moment of confrontation and division and we will make you feel proud from where you are watching us (Macri)
“I wish I had more time for that to develop into a deep friendship. I want to say goodbye to a person who is passionate about doing, for undertaking, for generating opportunities for his family, his town and the beautiful community of Avellaneda and Reconquista; capable of conquering the world without fear of innovating and developing new activities. Your family, your people are going to miss you, « said Macri in the letter read by a Nardelli daughter at her wake, as confirmed to this medium by the former president.
“Our country needs many with your entrepreneurial spirit to be able to get ahead. I know the sadness that overwhelmed you in the face of so many obstacles and especially so much aggression. From the pain that I have, I want to promise you that Argentines will overcome this moment of confrontation and division and we will make you feel proud from where you are watching us. A big hug and a huge affection to your whole family ”, concludes the text signed by Macri.
Alberto Fernández and Nadelli, during a meeting on June 11 in Olivos (. / PRESIDENCIA DE ARGENTINA)
Vicentin was in the eye of the storm in recent months after the Government of Alberto Fernandez announce the Government’s intention to intervene and expropriate the company, measures that, finally, did not happen after a wide rejection from various sectors of society, with mass marches included throughout the country.
Nardelli, who was known by the nickname « Mono », was the son of a Vicentin and the grandson of one of the founders of the holding company. Although he did not speak during the conflict with the government, he was the visible face of the company, which strictly speaking is led by a board of directors made up mostly of family members and relatives. He led the visit to Quinta de Olivos to meet with Fernández, after the Government published the DNU of the intervention in which it was announced that the expropriating plan would be sent to Congress.
The company’s situation is very complicated: with strong financial liabilities, calling for creditors since February –which is being processed in the Reconquest Courts– and a debt of more than 1,000 million dollars.
Some years ago, Nardelli replaced Alberto Padoan, another member of the family, as head of the company. He was married and had four children.
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