roberto_cavalli_logoNEW YORK, Jan 11, 2010 / FW/ — A week before the start of the Milan Menswear Fall 2010 season, the Cavalli Group announced the nomination of Robert Donofrio as Group Executive Officer of the U.S. subsidiary.

Starting his career at Colgate Palmolive – New York where he worked for 11 years, Robert Donofrio has been involved in the fashion /luxury industry for more than 25 years.

Before his appointment at the Cavalli Group, Donofrio was Executive Vice President and General Manager at Bulgari Corporation of America and CEO for Asprey and Garrard US, assisting the London mother-house to implement a major restructuring of the US operations.

“The appointment of Robert Donofrio in the US continues the program of building a professional management team to ensure further growth of my Group” said Roberto Cavalli.

The management restructuring at the Cavalli Group started last September 2009 with the appointment of Gianluca Brozzetti as Cavalli Group CEO with the objective of rationalization and growth of the Group in the main foreign markets and on some of the underdeveloped product categories.

Commenting on Robert Donofrio’s appointment, Roberto Cavalli said, “I particularly love the US market, its energy is very close to my sensibility. I am sure that the professionalism of Robert Donofrio, together with our creativity, will allow our Group to maximize all opportunities in one of the most important markets for Fashion/Luxury products.”

Last December, Cavalli opened a new store of 10,000 square feet at the new Crystals in Las Vegas, in addition to the existing ones New York, Bal Harbour, Dallas, Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Woodbury and to several Department and Specialty Stores.