Confindustria appoints woman head

Rome, March 13 – Italy is celebrating a major victory for women in the workplace with the first ever appointment of a female director at the helm of powerful industrial employers’ federation Confindustria.

Emma Marcegaglia, 46, will step into the shoes of current president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo after winning a landslide vote on Thursday.

Industrialists voted 125 out of 132 in her favour – a higher percentage than that received by any of the 26 male presidents in Confindustria’s 98-year history.

”I’m thrilled, happy and proud, and I’ll put all my effort and knowledge into the job,” said Marcegaglia, who received a standing ovation after her appointment was announced.

A visibly moved Cordero di Montezemolo said it was ”a great day”.

”Emma knows the membership system and will know how to continue its work while ringing the changes. I call it dynamic continuity,” the chairman of Ferrari and Fiat said.

Marcegaglia’s appointment has been well received on both sides of the political divide as an important step forward in a country that has one of the lowest rates of female directors in Europe.

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