With the book "E l'Italia prese il volo - vita di Renato Bonifacio", Guido Moltedo has not written the usual biography of a great manager, but represented a cross-section of an industrial era that this Neapolitan engineer brought excellence.
Guido Moltedo has not written the usual biography of a great manager. This book represents a crosssection of an industrial era that this Neapolitan engineer perfectly exemplified.
Bonifacio was appointed in 1974 to the executive board of Aeritalia (a Finmeccanica aeronautics company created from the merger of Aerfer and Salmoiraghi (IRI Group) with Fiat Aviazione), at that time a little-vaunted player on the Italian market. However, he succeeded in transforming an inauspicious business comprising a group of companies with varying strategies into a single aeronautics business that could compete in both Europe and the US.
The great intuitions of Bonifacio were the alliances with foreign manufacturers, particularly US (Boeing, McDonnell) and European (Aerospatiale, MBB, British Aerospace). Gifted with creative imagination and but also pragmatic in his search for reasons, Bonifacio turned Aeritalia into the jewel in the crown of an increasingly international and technologically advanced sector, defining it (not without good reasons) "his creature" and laying the foundations of a corporate philosophy capable of influencing, with success, the entire group Finmeccanica.