Tarantola to Succeed Boccone as President of Kline

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Kline & Company, Inc.

    LITTLE FALLS, N.J., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Kline & Company, Inc., a
 leading international business consulting firm based in Little Falls, NJ,
 announced today the appointment of a new president to lead the senior
 management team in expanding the company's services to new and existing
 clients.
     Joseph V. Tarantola, a 20-year veteran of Kline, will succeed Andrew A.
 Boccone, who retires as the company president on July 1, 2001.  Tarantola
 currently serves as Kline's vice president of operations. In addition, he
 heads the company's practices in agricultural chemicals and industrial and
 institutional cleaners, as well as its syndicated products business.
     Since joining the firm in 1974, Boccone has seen Kline grow from a small,
 U.S.-centric market research organization to a truly global consultancy,
 providing its multinational clients with fact-based solutions in an
 increasingly complex business environment. Said Boccone, "I am most proud of
 the way our management team has built upon the principles established in 1959
 by the firm's founder, Dr. Charles H. Kline."
     Also retiring on July 1 are senior vice presidents Carl H. Eckert and Chem
 J. Listner. Eckert, a 25-year veteran of the company, heads the firm's
 advanced materials and minerals practice, while Listner, also a 25-year
 veteran, heads both the chemicals and manufacturing economics practices, as
 well as Kline's Latin American business. In commenting on the retirements,
 Boccone said, "Both Listner and Eckert have made enormous contributions to the
 growth of the firm's services over the past 25 years. Their insights and
 support have been invaluable to me."
     Joining Tarantola as members of the company's new management team are five
 senior Kline executives: Susan M. Babinsky, Ian Butcher, William R. Downey,
 Jr., Eric P. Vogelsberg, and James M. Weatherall.
     "The appointment of this new team concludes a carefully planned transition
 of our management committee," said Boccone. "I am confident that Kline, under
 the leadership of Joe Tarantola, will continue to expand both the firm's
 consulting services and its global network in order to provide business
 solutions for its clients in an increasingly competitive and changing global
 environment."
     Added Tarantola, "Our new team will build upon more than two decades of
 fine work by Andy, Carl, and Chem. Together, these three individuals have
 served the company well through their commitment to Kline's value proposition
 of helping clients to make better business decisions based upon a solid
 foundation of market understanding and business intelligence."
     The new team, under the direction of Tarantola, comprises five vice
 presidents and corporate officers:
 
     *  Susan Babinsky, a 17-year veteran, heads the firm's consumer products
        practices, including food and beverages, health and beauty aids,
        household products, automotive products, and other related businesses.
 
     *  Ian Butcher serves as managing director of Kline Europe, S.A., located
        in Brussels, Belgium.  An 18-year veteran of the company, Butcher is
        responsible for Kline's customer relationships in Europe, Africa, and
        the Middle East.  He also leads the firm's activities in customer
        relationship management.
 
     *  William Downey, who joined Kline in 1988, has led the company's
        petroleum and energy practice for the last eight years. He continues in
        that role and is also responsible for serving the firm's clients in the
        utilities industry, as well as other new initiatives.
 
     *  Eric Vogelsberg becomes the leader of the company's chemicals and
        electronics practices. During his 15 years with Kline, he has served
        clients in a diverse group of performance-based, value-added
        businesses, with areas of particular emphasis including mergers and
        acquisitions and strategy development.
 
     *  James Weatherall, who joined Kline in 1980, is responsible for all
        consulting activities and client relations for the performance
        materials, polymers, and packaging practices of the firm. He will also
        assume responsibility for Kline's syndicated products business.
 
     "These five individuals collectively bring more than 80 years of business
 experience to our senior management group," said Tarantola. "I'm excited by
 their talent, enthusiasm and commitment and I look forward to working with
 them and the entire team at Kline to grow the company and provide enhanced
 services to our clients."
 
     Established in 1959, Kline & Company is a leading business and management
 consulting firm serving the chemicals, consumer and institutional products,
 petroleum and energy, performance materials, and electronics industries
 worldwide. For information on how Kline can assist your firm, contact Andy
 Boccone directly at Kline & Company, Inc., Overlook at Great Notch, 150 Clove
 Road, Little Falls, NJ 07424, or by phone at 973-435-3372 or e-mail at
 Andy_Boccone@klinegroup.com; or contact Joe Tarantola at 973-435-3458 or
 Joe_Tarantola@klinegroup.com.
 
 

SOURCE Kline & Company, Inc.
    LITTLE FALLS, N.J., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Kline & Company, Inc., a
 leading international business consulting firm based in Little Falls, NJ,
 announced today the appointment of a new president to lead the senior
 management team in expanding the company's services to new and existing
 clients.
     Joseph V. Tarantola, a 20-year veteran of Kline, will succeed Andrew A.
 Boccone, who retires as the company president on July 1, 2001.  Tarantola
 currently serves as Kline's vice president of operations. In addition, he
 heads the company's practices in agricultural chemicals and industrial and
 institutional cleaners, as well as its syndicated products business.
     Since joining the firm in 1974, Boccone has seen Kline grow from a small,
 U.S.-centric market research organization to a truly global consultancy,
 providing its multinational clients with fact-based solutions in an
 increasingly complex business environment. Said Boccone, "I am most proud of
 the way our management team has built upon the principles established in 1959
 by the firm's founder, Dr. Charles H. Kline."
     Also retiring on July 1 are senior vice presidents Carl H. Eckert and Chem
 J. Listner. Eckert, a 25-year veteran of the company, heads the firm's
 advanced materials and minerals practice, while Listner, also a 25-year
 veteran, heads both the chemicals and manufacturing economics practices, as
 well as Kline's Latin American business. In commenting on the retirements,
 Boccone said, "Both Listner and Eckert have made enormous contributions to the
 growth of the firm's services over the past 25 years. Their insights and
 support have been invaluable to me."
     Joining Tarantola as members of the company's new management team are five
 senior Kline executives: Susan M. Babinsky, Ian Butcher, William R. Downey,
 Jr., Eric P. Vogelsberg, and James M. Weatherall.
     "The appointment of this new team concludes a carefully planned transition
 of our management committee," said Boccone. "I am confident that Kline, under
 the leadership of Joe Tarantola, will continue to expand both the firm's
 consulting services and its global network in order to provide business
 solutions for its clients in an increasingly competitive and changing global
 environment."
     Added Tarantola, "Our new team will build upon more than two decades of
 fine work by Andy, Carl, and Chem. Together, these three individuals have
 served the company well through their commitment to Kline's value proposition
 of helping clients to make better business decisions based upon a solid
 foundation of market understanding and business intelligence."
     The new team, under the direction of Tarantola, comprises five vice
 presidents and corporate officers:
 
     *  Susan Babinsky, a 17-year veteran, heads the firm's consumer products
        practices, including food and beverages, health and beauty aids,
        household products, automotive products, and other related businesses.
 
     *  Ian Butcher serves as managing director of Kline Europe, S.A., located
        in Brussels, Belgium.  An 18-year veteran of the company, Butcher is
        responsible for Kline's customer relationships in Europe, Africa, and
        the Middle East.  He also leads the firm's activities in customer
        relationship management.
 
     *  William Downey, who joined Kline in 1988, has led the company's
        petroleum and energy practice for the last eight years. He continues in
        that role and is also responsible for serving the firm's clients in the
        utilities industry, as well as other new initiatives.
 
     *  Eric Vogelsberg becomes the leader of the company's chemicals and
        electronics practices. During his 15 years with Kline, he has served
        clients in a diverse group of performance-based, value-added
        businesses, with areas of particular emphasis including mergers and
        acquisitions and strategy development.
 
     *  James Weatherall, who joined Kline in 1980, is responsible for all
        consulting activities and client relations for the performance
        materials, polymers, and packaging practices of the firm. He will also
        assume responsibility for Kline's syndicated products business.
 
     "These five individuals collectively bring more than 80 years of business
 experience to our senior management group," said Tarantola. "I'm excited by
 their talent, enthusiasm and commitment and I look forward to working with
 them and the entire team at Kline to grow the company and provide enhanced
 services to our clients."
 
     Established in 1959, Kline & Company is a leading business and management
 consulting firm serving the chemicals, consumer and institutional products,
 petroleum and energy, performance materials, and electronics industries
 worldwide. For information on how Kline can assist your firm, contact Andy
 Boccone directly at Kline & Company, Inc., Overlook at Great Notch, 150 Clove
 Road, Little Falls, NJ 07424, or by phone at 973-435-3372 or e-mail at
 Andy_Boccone@klinegroup.com; or contact Joe Tarantola at 973-435-3458 or
 Joe_Tarantola@klinegroup.com.
 
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