The Woman Making Over Belgium's Grande Dame

New SGB chief Morin-Postel plans to slim the giant down

Christine Morin-Postel is not quite at home as she strides past the crystal chandeliers and Flemish tapestries at Societe Generale de Belgique's headquarters in Brussels. "My tastes are more modern," she says. Belgium's biggest holding company is about to learn just what Morin-Postel means. Recently named chief executive of the sprawling, 175-year-old concern--the only woman CEO of a major quoted company in Europe--she is hardly shy about her intention to update the Old Lady. "She must become a much younger woman," Morin-Postel says with a grin.

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