Joseph Bona Takes the Helm at CDI Group As CEO Gerald Lewis Steps Down From Management

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from CDI Group

    NEW YORK, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- CDI Group Inc. today announced that
 Gerald Lewis will be retiring from his position as Chief Executive. Joseph
 Bona, President, will now assume full responsibility for management of the
 retail design and consulting firm, reporting to Robert Holdsworth, Senior Vice
 President of ISD Holdings, CDI's parent company, which also owns Miller Zell
 Inc., in Atlanta, Ga.
     "When CDI was acquired by ISD Holdings nearly two years ago, it was agreed
 that we would make an orderly transition of my duties and responsibilities to
 Joe Bona," said Mr. Lewis, who acquired the company in 1974 and presided over
 its evolution from a very small retail design firm into an international
 retail development organization offering a range of associated consulting
 services, as well as traditional branding, graphic and environmental design
 capabilities. "I am happy to say that this transition is now complete. Joe
 has, in fact, been running CDI on a day-to-day basis for some time now, and I
 am delighted to turn the reins over to him officially."
     Following his retirement from the firm, Mr. Lewis will continue to be
 available to work with CDI and its clients on a consulting basis. He will also
 be getting involved in another venture unrelated to CDI's business.
      "I feel very fortunate to have had, over the last 20 years, the
 opportunity to experience and participate in CDI's growth and development
 under Gerry Lewis' guidance and stewardship," commented Mr. Bona.
 "Professionally, I look forward to the challenge of continuing the traditions
 and values that he established in developing CDI Group into a well-respected
 and recognized strategy and design consultancy, and a great place to work."
     CDI Group, headquartered in Manhattan, specializes in the development and
 implementation of retail strategies for multiple "everyday needs" retailers
 such as convenience stores/fueling facilities, supermarkets and other mass
 marketers throughout the US and internationally. Services include brand
 strategy and retail concept development, facility planning and design,
 packaging and signage design, merchandising foodservice and operations
 consulting and training program development; plus prototyping, fabrication,
 installation and roll-out.
 
 

SOURCE CDI Group
    NEW YORK, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- CDI Group Inc. today announced that
 Gerald Lewis will be retiring from his position as Chief Executive. Joseph
 Bona, President, will now assume full responsibility for management of the
 retail design and consulting firm, reporting to Robert Holdsworth, Senior Vice
 President of ISD Holdings, CDI's parent company, which also owns Miller Zell
 Inc., in Atlanta, Ga.
     "When CDI was acquired by ISD Holdings nearly two years ago, it was agreed
 that we would make an orderly transition of my duties and responsibilities to
 Joe Bona," said Mr. Lewis, who acquired the company in 1974 and presided over
 its evolution from a very small retail design firm into an international
 retail development organization offering a range of associated consulting
 services, as well as traditional branding, graphic and environmental design
 capabilities. "I am happy to say that this transition is now complete. Joe
 has, in fact, been running CDI on a day-to-day basis for some time now, and I
 am delighted to turn the reins over to him officially."
     Following his retirement from the firm, Mr. Lewis will continue to be
 available to work with CDI and its clients on a consulting basis. He will also
 be getting involved in another venture unrelated to CDI's business.
      "I feel very fortunate to have had, over the last 20 years, the
 opportunity to experience and participate in CDI's growth and development
 under Gerry Lewis' guidance and stewardship," commented Mr. Bona.
 "Professionally, I look forward to the challenge of continuing the traditions
 and values that he established in developing CDI Group into a well-respected
 and recognized strategy and design consultancy, and a great place to work."
     CDI Group, headquartered in Manhattan, specializes in the development and
 implementation of retail strategies for multiple "everyday needs" retailers
 such as convenience stores/fueling facilities, supermarkets and other mass
 marketers throughout the US and internationally. Services include brand
 strategy and retail concept development, facility planning and design,
 packaging and signage design, merchandising foodservice and operations
 consulting and training program development; plus prototyping, fabrication,
 installation and roll-out.
 
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