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Foodservice consultant Cini-Little promotes marketing star to CEO

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Cini-Little has given its chief marketing officer Kathleen Held the bump up to CEO, effective immediately.

She replaces Richard Eisenbarth who will continue as COO and president until his retirement in the fall.

Eisenbarth, who took over as CEO at the end of March 2019, will remain on the board of directors in his retirement.

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Held, meanwhile, has been with the company since 1993 when she began in the marketing department.

She commented: “I am excited that the board has embraced my marketing-led approach and am both humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead the firm into the next phase.”

Meanwhile, Bill Eaton, chairman of the board, added: “Kathleen’s passion for the industry, commitment to our clients, and ability to motivate people towards a goal has strengthened Cini•Little’s position in the global marketplace.

“She has revitalized our global brand, rejuvenated our corporate culture and given us a clear vision for the future. With her strong leadership experience and strategic thinking, Kathleen is the ideal candidate to assume the role of CEO,”

Eisenbarth, who is departing as CEO, took on the role in March 2019. Read more below:

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