Diane Vazza


All roads might not lead to Rome any more, but Rome led Diane Vazza to Wall Street. More precisely, majoring in Latin at the Jesuit Holy Cross College in Massachusetts taught her how to analyse credits. "The structure of the language is all analytics, so it really teaches you how to think," says the 48-year-old, who studied Greek, Latin and French and also speaks Spanish and Russian.

Latin was one of Vazza's earliest loves, but today, running the group that publishes Standard & Poor's research on

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