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Anthony Industries’ President to Become Chief Executive

Richard M. Rodstein, president of Anthony Industries Inc., will become chief executive of the Los Angeles-based maker of sporting goods and other products, effective Jan. 1. Rodstein, 41, succeeds B.I. Forester, 67, who remains as chairman of the board.

Rodstein has been president of Anthony since 1990, and he retains that post.

Rodstein joined Anthony in 1983 as chief financial officer and since then has run several of its major divisions, including Shakespeare fishing tackle, Anthony pools and, most recently, K2, the company said.

“I am confident that under Rich Rodstein’s leadership, Anthony will continue to flourish,” Forester said.

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“Since joining the company 12 years ago, Rich has demonstrated vision, energy and outstanding marketing and financial skills. The company is presently emerging from the most profitable quarter in our history, and this transition positions us for continued success.”

Rodstein said his aim is “to continue to aggressively enhance Anthony’s position as a leading global sporting-goods company through continuous product innovation and by entry into new markets.”

* San Diego-based Aldila Inc., a maker of graphite golf club shafts, said it named Edmond S. Abrain president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 2.

Gary T. Barbera, president and chief executive, will become chairman, succeeding Vincent T. Gorguze, who will become chairman emeritus.

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Abrain was most recently president and chief executive of Hillerich & Bradsby’s PowerBilt golf division.

Before that, he was with the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. golf division and Titleist golf division of Acushnet Co., now a division of American Brands Inc.

Abrain is also chairman of the National Golf Foundation.

“His extensive management experience in both the domestic and international markets and strong background in the golf club industry will reinforce Aldila’s leadership position as the premier designer and manufacturer of graphite golf shafts,” Barbera said of Abrain.

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* San Diego-based Audre Recognition Systems Inc. announced a restructuring of its top management.

The company’s board of directors will assume the roles of chief executive and chief financial officer of Audre and its Audre Inc. operating entity.

Thomas Casey, who previously held those positions, will focus on Audre Inc. and will remain president of the unit and stay on the parent company’s board, the company said.

Robert Ames, a consulting partner with Gray, Cary, Ware & Freidenrich, has agreed to join the company as the executive officer in charge of its Chapter 11 reorganization, the company said.

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Audre Recognition Systems is a designer and developer of automatic document conversion software.


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