Belgacom chief avoids board walkout

Belgian incumbent Belgacom is unlikely to face industrial action by staff, after its chief executive backed down from a controversial appointment.
A statement released late Thursday reveals that Didier Bellens has agreed not to bring Concetta Fagard back into the firm, after staff reportedly staged an impromptu walkout on Monday and other board members threatened to quit over the appointment.
“In the interest of the company and after discussion with Mrs. Fagard, the president & CEO and Mrs. Fagard have reached an agreement not to continue her contract with Belgacom S.A,” the statement reveals. However, Bellens left the door open to future collaboration with Fagard outside the telco. “The president & CEO stresses that he appreciates her work and that he may use her competences in another capacity.”
Fagard stepped down from her role of vice president of sponsorship earlier this year, following a major bust-up with Belgacom’s director of communications and amid a rash of harassment allegations against her, reports.