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Cini-Little CEO appointment marks start of ownership succession

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Foodservice consultanc, Cini-Little, has appointed Richard Eisenbarth to the position of CEO, effective March 31, 2019.

This follows the board’s acceptance of the resignation of Diane Dowling, CEO and CFO and board member, who after 30 years of loyal service to the company will leave to pursue other opportunities.

As it stands, Eisenbarth will retain his position as president and member of the board of directors.

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Bill Eaton, chairman of the board, said: “The transition to Dick Eisenbarth as CEO marks the beginning of an ownership succession that will propel the company forward into a new and exciting chapter.

“It is difficult to capture the enormous unending benefit Diane’s services have meant to all of us. We owe Diane our heartfelt thanks for her constant support and encouragement to make Cini-Little better daily, and for her continued dedication to maintaining and enhancing the growth and reputation of Cini-Little over these last 30 years.”

Eisenbarth said: “I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to work closely with our firm’s management team, which includes Kathleen Held, CMO, and Orlando Espinosa, Principal, as we take our company to the next level. 

“Diane is leaving Cini-Little, having made a significant contribution to our evolution.  We understand and support her decision to step down to pursue other opportunities and are grateful for her many accomplishments while with Cini-Little.”

Diane Dowling shared: “It has given me great pleasure to be a part of, and to serve, the Cini-Little family for the last 30 years. I would like to thank Bill Eaton and Ron Kooser for mentoring me over the years – together with Jim Little; my dad, John Cini; and long-time board member Phil Friedman, they always showed great confidence in my abilities. 

“The company has an experienced leadership team in Dick Eisenbarth, Kathleen Held and Orlando Espinosa, and I am certain the future of Cini-Little is in good hands.”

Cini-Little provides consulting, planning and design for foodservice, laundry and solid waste/recycling.

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