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Orban/CRL Appoints COO

Orban/CRL Appoints COO

Saying he brings “a new level of professional management to our company,” Circuit Research Laboratories Inc. has appointed Phillip T. Zeni Sr. as its executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Among his responsibilities is to consolidate and streamline the integration of the Orban and Dialog4 System Engineering divisions into the parent company. CRL acquired both in the past two years.
Zeni has been a member of the CRL board. He is founder of a publishing company and has held executive positions with NBC Radio, Westinghouse/Group W and Multimedia Radio as well as government positions on the state and federal level.
Zeni arrives during a time of financial challenges for CRL/Orban. The publicly held company has been working with Harman International Industries to restructure loans totaling $8.5 million owed to Harman from the purchase of Orban. CRL reported a 28 percent drop in net sales in the first half of this year compared to the same period a year earlier. At that time Brentlinger expressed confidence in the strength of the company’s line and its long-term outlook.