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MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's Benetton family, a leading shareholder in Generali, has decided to side with other key investors in the insurer who are pushing for a change at the helm, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.
The Benettons, who own around 4% of Generali through their holding company Edizione, want to promote reconciliation and dialogue among investors in Generali and between the group's management and its shareholders after Friday's shareholder vote to pick a new chief executive, the source said.
Rebel Generali investors Francesco Gaetano Caltagirone and Leonardo Del Vecchio have put forward an alternative candidate to lead the insurer in a challenge to current CEO Philippe Donnet, whom the board wants to appoint for a third term.
(Reporting by Valentina Za, editing by Giulia Segreti)