NOVABASE has been a publicly-traded company since July 2000. It operates according to a governance model whose suitability and performance are assessed regularly by the Board of Directors to help optimize its performance in closer alignment with the interests of all stakeholders – those interested in NOVABASE’s corporate activities, namely shareholders, investors, customers, suppliers, other business partners and employees.
In view of the mounting challenges of internationalization and competition revolving around NOVABASE’s business, the corporate governance system in place at the company needed to be brought up to date by simplifying and streamlining company bodies and procedures, so as to tailor existing solutions to the Company’s size and specific circumstances.
Therefore, beginning in 2015, NOVABASE adopted a reinforced Latin corporate governance model comprised of a Board of Directors, Audit Board and Statutory Auditor (ROC). In this model, a substantially more agile day-to-day management structure was implemented, with the Board of Directors able to delegate the day-to-day running of the company to one or more directors (managing directors) or to an Executive Committee of 3 to 9 members.
Following the General Meeting of Shareholders of 10 May 2018 (which, among other decisions, elected the members of the corporate boards and Remuneration Committee for the three-year period of 2018-2020), the elected Board of Directors delegated NOVABASE’s daily management to an Executive Committee supervised by the non-executive directors.
In 2019, the election of Paulo Jorge de Barros Pires Trigo as a new member of NOVABASE’s Board of Directors, together with his inclusion on NOVABASE’s Executive Committee, was approved in the General Meeting of Shareholders dated 26 September 2019. This election was proposed under NOVABASE’s updated strategy for 2019 and beyond (2019+ Strategic Update) and as part of the Company’s reorganization into two new operating segments (further explained in point 21 of the Corporate Governance Report, which forms an integral part of this Consolidated Report and Accounts), given the urgent need to match the structure of NOVABASE’s managing board to the 2019+ Strategic Update to reflect its focus on the Next-Gen segment.
Moreover, NOVABASE has a General Meeting board elected for three-year terms of office, along with a Remuneration Committee appointed by the General Meeting of Shareholders to establish the remuneration of each corporate board member based on the duties performed and the company’s financial status. The company also designates a Secretary and respective surrogate, under the terms of article 446-A of the Commercial Companies Code, to perform the duties established by law.
NOVABASE constantly analyses the implementation of this model in order to refine its corporate governance practices, whenever possible, and tailor the model to the demands and challenges faced by the Company.