The Stella al Merito del Lavoro is an order of chivalry given for singular efforts in agriculture, commerce, crafts and other industries. It is given to those over the age of 50 and who have worked continuously for 25 years or more.

Posenato joined Conceria Fratelli Mastrotto in 1978 at the age of 14 before going on to become the head of the fulling and drying department in 1990 and then the wet-blue department the following year. He took on his current role at age 40, managing the group’s production sites in Italy and Croatia.

The company notes that he has been instrumental in bringing new innovations to the business throughout his career, such as a new system for the overhead loading of barrels, which significantly reduced accident risks in the workplace.

Posenato said: “I have been asking myself over the past few days whether I deserve to receive this important award. The answer I have given myself is that I have been lucky, because I met people who let me make mistakes, who trusted me, who have always respected and supported me, and with whom I have always been able to engage in constructive exchanges. All this has definitely influenced my professional career and enabled me to come this far, to achieve an honour of which I am extremely proud.”

The Stella al Merito del Lavoro is awarded for individuals who distinguish themselves in the following areas: expertise, industriousness or good moral conduct; improving the efficiency of tools, machines and working methods with inventions or innovations in the technical and productive field; contributing in an original way to the improvement of safety measures at work; or educating and preparing new generations in their field.

Gruppo Mastrotto Deputy Chairman Graziano Mastrotto added: “During his long career with the company, Tiziano Posenato has acquired a profound knowledge of raw materials and processing, skills that have enabled him to direct the production process in the best possible way. He has succeeded in handling fatigue with a smile, becoming a respected and recognised leader, a true example of resilience, perseverance and humility.

“Moreover, he has never boasted about his outstanding expertise but has always shared it with his colleagues, to solve problems and contribute to ongoing improvement, which is why we can only express our satisfaction with this prestigious acknowledgement. The Stella al Merito del Lavoro fully reflects the commitment and dedication displayed by Tiziano over the years. I hope that this achievement can be a source of inspiration for individual and collective growth within our group”.