WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) ¿ Central Garden & Pet Co., which makes lawn and pet supplies, announced Tuesday the appointment of Jeffrey A. Blade as chief financial officer.

He will report to William E. Brown, Central Garden's chairman and CEO.

Before joining Central Garden, Blade served as interim president of The Steak 'N Shake Co., as well as its chief financial and administrative officer. Blade has also worked at Cott Beverages, Kraft Foods and Price Waterhouse, Central Garden said in a release.

Shares fell 57 cents, or 4.7 percent, to close earlier at $11.57.
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