* Meeting delayed by a month due to political impasse
* Monti govt wants new executive to name new board members
(Adds minister quote, CDP meeting confirmed)
ROME, April 9 A shareholders' meeting planned in
April to review the board of state-controlled defence group
Finmeccanica will be delayed by a month because of
political stalemate, a government minister told Reuters.
The meeting is expected to name two new board members to
replace ex-chairman Giuseppe Orsi, who was arrested in February
over allegations of corruption linked to a helicopter contract
in India, and Franco Bonferroni, who resigned over a separate
issue in September.
The postponement underscores how the political impasse that
has followed inconclusive parliamentary elections in February,
where no party won enough votes to govern, is also affecting
The outgoing caretaker government of Prime Minister Mario
Monti requested the delay to ensure the politically sensitive
appointments are made under a new executive with a full mandate.
"The fact that Finmeccanica has requested more time to
release its results allows us to postpone the shareholders
meeting by a month," Pietro Giarda, the minister responsible for
relations with parliament, told Reuters.
The board of Finmeccanica has pushed back the approval of
2012 results to April 23 from March 15 to better evaluate the
impact of the India bribery probe that prompted Orsi's
Former chief operating officer Alessandro Pansa replaced
Orsi in his role as chief executive in February but a permanent
new chairman has not yet been named.
The treasury has a stake of about 30 percent in
Finmeccanica, Italy's second-biggest private employer after Fiat
A separate shareholder meeting on April 17 due to appoint
board members and top managers at Cassa Depositi Prestiti, a
powerful state financial holding, has been confirmed because it
was too late to postpone it, Giarda said.
(Reporting by Paolo Biondi and Roberto Landucci, writing by
James Mackenzie and Silvia Aloisi, Editing by Helen