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June 29, 2005


Central Garden & Pet Co. appointed presidents to both its newly formed aquatics division and to its pet distribution operations.


Mark Cavanaugh was appointed to the newly created position of president of Central Garden & Pet Aquatics. Cavanaugh has worked 15 years at Central, most recently serving as president of pet distribution operations.


Jeff Sutherland will replace Cavanaugh as president of pet distribution operations. Sutherland has been with Central for 12 years. He most recently held the post of vice president of the Western region for pet distribution.


"These are important announcements as Central Pet pursues its growth strategy," said Jim Heim, president of Central’s pet products division. "Mark has an impressive background as an entrepreneur and executive with Central Garden & Pet. Under Mark’s leadership, the formation of this new organization will create a fully integrated product development, sales and marketing, and back office functions strengthening our position with existing and potential customers both domestically and internationally.


"We are delighted to promote Jeff Sutherland to president of Central Pet distribution. Jeff’s extensive background in sales and management make him particularly well-suited for this opportunity."

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