Cecilia Danieli: Italy's First Lady of Steel

Cecilia Danieli knows how to strike deals and forge profits

On the surface, Cecilia Danieli seems to be an old-fashioned woman. The wife of a notary and the mother of two boys and a girl, she enjoys cooking a pot of linguine, dresses in well-tailored designer clothes and still lives in Buttrio, the small village (pop. 2,200) in northeastern Italy where she was raised. But beneath that traditional exterior, Danieli, 43, is a lady who confounds expectations. As the chief executive of Danieli of Buttrio, a leading builder of steel mills and manufacturer of steelmaking equipment, she is a high-heeled boss in a hard-hat world--and a remarkably good boss at that....

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