Laporta’s latest signings for Barça offices

BarcelonaMore than 18 months after the elections that returned him to the presidency of Barça, Joan Laporta continues to order important changes to his executive body. One of them is again related to the club’s security department, which will once again be commanded by a professional who until now held a relevant position in the Mossos d’Esquadra. As he advanced The vanguard and the ARA has confirmed, commissioner Xavier Porcuna will occupy the vacancy that Ferran López left a few months ago due to deep differences with the current board’s way of governing. The move will mean that Lluís Miquel Venteo, another former police officer who has recently joined the organization, will have a more operational role. With this change, Barça completes the relief of the two key pieces of the security department that were in Josep Maria Bartomeu’s board. Porcuna will take the position of Xavi de las Moras (which had briefly been for López), while Venteo will stay with the tasks of Jordi Sin.

Xavier Porcuna

Barça’s security area reports directly to Laporta. During his first term (2003-2010), the lawyer professionalized it with Elías Frade (2003-2008), a former cop who shielded him from Boixos Nois attacks. In his second term, he has replicated this model to the point that in a year and a half he has convinced three police officers to request a leave of absence from the force and come to work at the club. Both now and almost 20 years ago, Laporta trusts the judgment of his ex-brother-in-law and former manager, Alejandro Echevarría, to decide on issues like this. In fact, the former manager and Frade, now head of security for the Peralada Group, played a fundamental role a few months ago in shielding the first team’s dressing room with Óscar Ferreras, who was head of security at the Barcelona Casino. The victim of this change was Rafa Soldado, who was removed from the square and relocated to another position, although Xavi and one of the captains tried to save him.

The departure of Porcuna dels Mossos will force the chief commissioner, Josep Maria Estela, to renew the body’s structure. Barça’s new head of security commanded the Information and Judicial Police stations and the Operational Resources station, which coordinates the Mobile Brigade. Now he is going to the private company at a time of upheaval in the Catalan police.

Royal Talens, Silk of Barcelona and Purina

On the other hand, the ARA has been able to confirm the arrival at Barça of another executive profile, in this case for the economic area. It is about Manel del Río, who will occupy the position of financial director of the entity, a position that was vacant since the dismissal of Pancho Schröder, one of the most representative figures of Bartomeu’s management committee. Del Río comes from the painting sector, specifically from Royal Talens, a medium-sized company based in Hospitalet del Llobregat that employs 54 people and has a turnover of 11 million euros according to the last published balance sheet. The new CFO also worked at La Seda de Barcelona, ​​a plastics company, and Purina, the Nestlé division that manufactures animal feed. His arrival at the Camp Nou could raise the position of Maribel Meléndez, who entered the institution under the arm of Ferran Reverter and has survived there with attributions in the economic area and Espai Barça. In the current organization chart, he is in charge of the corporate area, below the executive president (Laporta) and the treasurer (Ferran Olivé).

In the numbers that the Barcelona board will present and seek to approve in the assembly on October 9, a significant increase in the salary of the management committee will be seen, from 3.7 million per year to 6 million, which is largely caused by for the increase in its members – from 11 to 22–. Likewise, in the 21/22 economic closure, 3.3 are reflected kilos of expenditure dedicated to the compensation of executives who no longer work at the club, starting with the former CEO, Ferran Reverter.


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