Coty’s Sales Plummet 60%, But Firm Has Fixed Worst Impediment
The highly anticipated solution to Coty’s biggest problem, new CEO Sue Nabi, addressed analysts for the first time during the firm’s 27 August fourth-quarter and full-year earnings call. Coty is counting on Nabi’s brand turnaround savvy and Asian market experience gained at L’Oreal, as well as her entrepreneurial vision, to make the company profitable again in the new fiscal year and fuel forward growth.
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