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2024, 29th April

An “endless” passion for work and innovation

Gianpietro Benedetti, Chairman of Danieli Group, passes away

An “endless” passion for work and innovation profused for more than 60 years.

This, along with more that 80 patents registered from new ideas, is the most tangible asset left by Gianpietro Benedetti –Company developer of Danieli plantmaking and steelmaking business– to the Danieli Team and the metals industry on April 28, at the age of 81.

His tremendous career started under the Danieli flag in 1961 as a designer in the technical office for long-product rolling mills, continued as a project engineer, and then plant start-up engineer.

Benedetti became manager of the Rolling Mill Process and Roll Pass Design offices in 1968 and director of Research and Development in 1976. He became Sales Director in 1982 and was appointed Danieli Group Managing Director in 1986. Four years later he ascended to Group President and CEO. From October 2003 he drove the company as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Danieli Group and, from 2017 also as Charmain of the Executive Board.

Gianpietro Benedetti also was a member of the Board of Directors of Acciaierie Bertoli Safau SpA, since 1994.

Backed by an extraordinary vision, Gianpietro Benedetti impressed his ideas upon the Group and the Industry, which led to an ongoing transformation process, establishing a path for continuous growth.

Benedetti received honorary degrees from three different universities in Mechanical Engineering, in Management Engineering, and International Business between 2010 and 2018.

His passion for art and sense of social responsibility led to several significant restoration projects across the Danieli homeland.

With strong beliefs towards the regional education system, he launched and developed several scholarship and international university programs, including Danieli’s educational projects.

In June 2006, the National Order of Chivalry made Gianpietro Benedetti a knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 2018, in recognition of his leadership in steelmaking technology and plant building, he received the Tadeusz Sendzimir Memorial Medal from the AIST association, USA.

The endless casting-rolling process conceived and developed by Benedetti is revolutionizing steel long and flat production worldwide, in the most effective, competitive, green way.

Honoring the memory of its Chairman, the Danieli Team is fully committed to pursuing Benedetti’s vision with the passion for work and innovation he profused over the decades.