A source said Santucci harbored some resentment for being passed over for the top job. He sought to have his widened responsibilities entrenched in his new contract — and his salary demands were described by one PPR insider as “crazy.”
A union source inside the Gucci plant in Scandicci, Italy, said Wednesday that employees were concerned about the news, especially in light of the recent departure of human resources director Renato Ricci, considered another bridge-builder between employees and upper management.
The source said the abrupt and unexpected nature of Santucci’s departure was particularly difficult for Gucci workers, who in the past felt as though they were kept in the loop on company developments. He added that Ricci and Santucci together created a good environment for employees.
Still another source said Santucci’s style could be off-putting. “He is the type of person who would drop a phrase in Latin or Greek when talking to a factory worker in Florence,” he said.
Sources in Italy said Santucci has been characterizing his departure to friends and colleagues as a dismissal. But it is believed he would have little legal recourse since he was working without a contract.
Meanwhile, sources indicate Polet has made largely a good impression on employees. One likened Polet to De Sole and added, “he’s charismatic and seems a nice guy.”