CRA names new leader

WATERBURY Conn. The Connecticut Restaurant Association has appointed Robert DeZinno as its new president and chief executive.

A 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry, DeZinno, who replaces Simon Flynn, previously served as the association’s vice president of education. No reason was given for Flynn’s departure.

In his new role, DeZinno will develop marketing and branding strategies for Connecticut restaurants, seek to improve the state’s hospitality industry and increase association membership.

DeZinno currently serves as managing partner of DT Media Group, where he develops marketing, branding and Web campaigns for restaurants and other businesses.