CFO Blade Departs
Stuart W. Booth, Central’s Executive Vice President and CFO From 2002 to 2009, Will Serve as Interim CFO Pending Se
Eileen VanEss Joins Central as Vice President of Investor Relations
January 15, 2010 08:03 AM Eastern Time
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) (NASDAQ:C
announced that Jeffrey A. Blade, who joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer in September 2009, has resigned by mutual a
Central’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, William E. Brown.
Stuart W. Booth, Central’s former CFO, who retired in 2009, has agreed to return on an interim basis as CFO pending completion
"Jeff’s departure is by mutual agreement. He is a true professional and we wish him well," said Mr. Brown. He continued, "We are
stepping back into the full-time role pending our new search. We remain committed to our program to drive improved capital efficie
and believe we are well positioned to pursue new growth strategies."
Eileen VanEss Joins As Vice President of Investor Relations
Separately, Central announced that Eileen VanEss has joined as Vice President of Investor Relations. Previously, Eileen was Vice P
Investor Relations, Treasury and Tax at LeapFrog Enterprises, a leading developer and marketer of technology-based educational
responsibilities included investor communications and reporting, as well as leadership in the areas of risk management, Sarbanes-Ox
tax and accounting.
Prior to LeapFrog, Eileen's experience included more than twenty years of progressively responsible leadership in domestic and inte
investor relations and audit with global companies including Levi Strauss, CB Richard Ellis, Quaker Oats, MetLife, McDonald's Co
Deloitte & Touche. Eileen is a current CPA and CFA Level II candidate. She earned her MBA in Finance and Accounting from the
Said Mr. Brown, "We welcome Eileen to Central and look forward to her insights and contributions."
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