Happy Birthday, Ms. Emma!

December 24

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Happy B’day, today, to  Emma Marcegaglia (born 1965, Dec. 24 in Mantova).

Entering her 44th year of intense life, the 44th woman in the recent  “women to watch” wsj global list. Here is, reported below at blogpost end, her medaglione on such a wsj list.

ITALIAN ABSTRACT

Oggi compie 43 anni la più giovane e la prima donna a presiedere Confindustria (uno straordinario doppio record, di cui siamo tutti fieri: per questo ci piace di più essere Italiani).

Le mandiamo degli auguri di cuore dal nostro blog, nello spirito religioso laico e socialista libertario di Simone Weil: della collaborazione e dialogo con industriali e dirigenti, per trovare soluzioni condivisibili e praticabili, ai drammatici problemi creati dai capitalismi sulla via del “loro” progresso – le micidiali macchine Fordiste e le contemporanee tragedie finanziarie post-Fordiste.

Abbiamo davvero apprezzato il suo esplicito, ripetuto atteggiamento recente: non chiudere la porta in faccia alla CGIL, come e’ tentato di fare il governo pro domo sua, non certo nell’interesse dei lavoratori e dell’economia italiana.

DEAREST MS. EMMA, WE HOPE AND WISH YOU THAT THE EXPLOITED WORKING CLASS REPESENTATIVES AND YOU –  SUCH AN ATTENTIVE, AUTHORITATIVE, BRILLIANT AND ENERGETIC LEADER OF THE ITALIAN CONFINDUSTRIA –  YOU MIGHT  AGREE, COOPERATE ON A NUMBER OF URGENT MEASURES NEEDED (namely:  fiscal stimulus, income redistribution and shorter working week), AND PRESSURE TOGETHER – as a social cohesion front – AN EXTREMELY UNATTENTIVE GOVERNMENT (at least, until Maurizio Sacconi proposed with the CISL leader a short week solution, this week).

AL THIS IN ORDER TO PROTECT – as far as it is possible –  OUR LIVES, COMMUNITIES AND SOCIETY FROM THE STAG-DEFLATION TSUNAMI, STEMMING FROM A SAVAGE GLOBALIZATION AND THE ONNIPOTENCE DELIRIUM OF THE DEATHFUL FINANCIAL CAPITAL.

The systemic crisis (global financial meltdown, credit crunch and recession) is now hitting hard the Italian industry, and imposing an acceleration to the restructuring towards higher value added specialisations, and a move of the bulk of our industry, from low to at least medium-level technologies.

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We sincerely congratulate you, and we are  so happy that Italy finally has a bright woman leading the main employers’ association. We definitely need a feminine touch to cope with the crisis.

Happy Birthday, Ms. Emma!

wall street journal

Emma Marcegaglia,  Confindustria   President.
Emma Marcegaglia was earlier this year (in march, ndr) appointed president of Confindustria, the powerful Italian business federation, becoming a rare example of a women in a top business position in Italy.
Like most of Italy’s business elite, Ms. Marcegaglia is a graduate of Bocconi University in Milan. She also holds a master’s in business administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Born on Christmas Eve in 1965, Ms. Marcegaglia is not only the first woman to run Confindustria but is also one of the youngest of its presidents. Past leaders have included car designer Sergio Pininfarina and longtime chairman of Fiat Giovanni Agnelli.
In a country where trade unions have a say in most government decisions, so does Confindustria, which helps negotiate wages. Confindustria promotes free-market reforms and increased competition through its representatives around the country and via the pages of business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, which it owns. In her opening speech, Ms. Marcegaglia called for an increase in Italy’s retirement age, a return to nuclear energy and family-friendly welfare policies to boost female employment in Italy. (bold and colours added – ndr)
Her new post means Ms. Marcegaglia will have less time to look after Marcegaglia SpA, the steel-products company her father founded in 1959, of which she is co-chief executive. She handles the financial side of her family’s business, sharing CEO responsibilities with her brother. The Marcegaglia group — which produces steel pipes, builds boilers and also runs tourism resorts — is one of Italy’s industrial success stories, a company that has thrived despite competition from developing countries by diversifying products and aggressively expanding abroad. Ms. Marcegaglia’s contribution to that success is largely what led to her Confindustria appointment.
— Davide Berretta
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