Natuzzi hires Maria Rosaria Bonifacio as chief HR officer
As part of a larger management restructuring process at the Italian furniture company, Natuzzi has hired Maria Rosaria Bonifacio to lead its human resources department as chief HR & organization officer.
Bonifacio’s new role will involve the oversight and development of the company’s international human resources programs.
“I am particularly enthusiastic about having the opportunity to join an Italian multinational group [such] as the Natuzzi Group, [which] has been the ambassador of ‘made-in-Italy’ in the world for decades,” said Bonifacio. “The training and professional growth of talent within the Group represents a strategic and fundamental component…in our production. One of my primary goals will be the development of a corporate culture that makes people’s appreciation a cornerstone for our own business."
Previously, Bonfacio worked for Ericsson as global director for outsourcing processes. She joined the company in 2001 as chief HR officer for South-East Europe, and was promoted to chief HR officer for the Business Unit Global Services in 2008.
Home Depot sales up 7.4%
The Home Depot reported sales of $19.5 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2013, a 7.4% increase from $18.1 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.
On a like-for-like basis (last year’s quarter had an extra calendar week), comparable-store sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 were positive 7.4%, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 8.2%.
"Our third-quarter results reflect the continuing improvement in the housing market and our solid operational performance,” said Frank Blake, chairman & CEO
Net earnings for the third quarter were $1.35 billion, compared with net earnings of $947 million in the same period of fiscal 2012. Last year’s quarter included a nonrecurring charge of approximately $165 million due to the closing of seven stores in China.
The "solid" quarter brought improved guidance. The company raised its fiscal 2013 sales guidance to 5.6%. Comparable-store sales, on a 52-week like-for-like basis, are expected to be up approximately 7.0% for the year.
At the end of the third quarter, the company operated a total of 2,260 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico.