Gianpietro Benedetti is the Chairman & C.E.O. of Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche S.p.A.
In 1961 he took his diploma as electrical engineer. He began working in Danieli's design technical offices in 1961, advanced to mechanical project engineer in 1963 and plant start-up engineer in 1966. Manager of rolling mill process and roll pass design offices in 1968, Sales Director in 1976, Research & Development and Sales Director in 1982.
He was named Danieli Group Managing Director in 1986 and President & CEO in 1990.
In 1994 he was elected in the Board of Directors of ABS S.p.A. (Italy), a 1,200,000 tpy specialty steel mini-mill. In 2000, he was given a “Honoris Causa” degree in mechanical engineering by the University of Trieste. He was Member of the Board of Directors of Friuladria Bank (Intesa BCI Group) from 1999 to 2004. In October 2003 he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Danieli. In 2006 he was given a “Honoris Causa” degree in management engineering by the University of Udine. In June 2006 he was appointed to the Order of Merit for Labour (national order of chivalry) of the Republic of Italy. President of the Foundation “ITS – Technical Secondary School – New made-in-Italy Technologies, Mechanical and Aeronautics Section”, Udine (since September 2010).
Member of the Board of Directors of Friuladria Bank (Crédit Agricole Group) from April 2013. Holder of numerous patents for steelmaking machines and processes.