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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Eric Wintemute

59 2011 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

David Johnson

58 2008 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Treasurer

Bob Trogele

57 2015 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Ulrich Trogele

2015 Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of AMVAC Chemical Corporation

Cindy Baker Smith

52 2014 Assistant Secretary

Scott Baskin

61 2014 Director

Morton Erlich

71 2013 Director

Lawrence Clark

56 2006 Independent Director

Debra Edwards

61 2011 Independent Director

Alfred Ingulli

73 2010 Independent Director

John Killmer

65 2008 Independent Director

M. Esmail Zirakparvar

65 2010 Independent Director

William Kuser

Director of Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Eric Wintemute

Mr. Eric G. Wintemute is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of American Vanguard Corp. Mr. Wintemute served as President and CEO from July 1994 until June 2011, and Chairman and CEO since June 2011. He was appointed Executive Vice President and COO of the Company in January 1994. Mr. Wintemute has been at the helm of the Company during its years of greatest growth. With 21 years’ experience on this Board, 36 years’ experience at the Company (21 years as CEO) and membership in leading crop protection trade groups (previously, as Chairman of CropLife America), Mr. Wintemute brings a broad industry perspective to the Board. His interaction with the heads of our peers, suppliers and customers; legislators; and enforcement authorities has enabled him to identify economic, technological and political trends affecting the Company. This is an invaluable resource to the Board, particularly when evaluating future business plans and providing strategic direction to the Company. .

David Johnson

Mr. David T. Johnson is the Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Treasurer of American Vanguard Corp., since March 7, 2008. Mr. Johnson served as Finance Director for Amcor Flexibles UK Ltd., a 500 million dollar manufacturer of decorative packaging and a subsidiary of Amcor, a multibillion dollar corporation based in Australia, from June 2003 through March 2008. Prior to that he served as Vice President of Finance for Sterer Engineering, a subsidiary of Eaton Aerospace, an eight billion dollar Cleveland based multinational Company from April 2001 through June 2003.

Bob Trogele

Mr. Bob Trogele is Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company Mr. Trogele is 57 years of age. He was selected by the Corporation through its own search in the course of which there was no arrangement or understanding with any member of the Board regarding his selection. Except for the terms of employment described herein, Mr. Trogele has had no transactions or proposed transactions with the Corporation in excess of $120,000 since the beginning of the Corporation’s last fiscal year, nor does he have any family relationship with any director or executive officer of the Corporation. Mr. Trogele has spent his career in the agribusiness and biotechnology sectors, holding positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, supply chain, regulatory, M&A and general management. Over the course of the past ten years, Mr. Trogele worked at FMC Corporation, most recently as President – Asia Pacific, where he managed multiple business units in over 20 countries and, prior to that, as North American Director of their agchem business group. His former employer is neither a parent, a subsidiary nor an affiliate of registrant.

Ulrich Trogele

Dr. Ulrich (Bob) Trogele, Ph.D., is Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of AMVAC Chemical Corporation of the Company. Over the past 28 years, Bob Trogele has worked in positions of increasing responsibility within the agribusiness sectors of agrichemicals, biotechnology and plant nutrition, culminating with ten years at FMC Corporation, where he served most recently as President – Asia Pacific across 20+ countries and, for several years prior, as North American Area Director of their agricultural solutions business. Bob Trogele has a track record of exceeding expectations with customers wherever he works, by increasing revenue and profitability through acquiring and licensing multiple technologies, launching innovations and expanding sales into new territories. Prior to his business career, Bob Trogele was an elite athlete; he was a four-year starter and captain on the Wichita State basketball team, and a professional basketball player representing the German national team as a two-time Olympian, in the course of which he attained both an MBA and PhD from the University of Goettingen. He is fluent in both German and French; and since 1997 has served as a professor of international business at the Berlin University, Germany, School of Economics and Law, where he teaches Global Business & Management to international MBA students from Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and Latin America.

Cindy Baker Smith

Mrs. Cindy Baker Smith is Assistant Secretary of the Company, Since 2014. She joined AMVAC in September 2012 as Senior Vice President & Director of Global Regulatory Affairs. In 2014, she was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Company and took on responsibility for overseeing the Company’s Product Development function. Prior to her service with AMVAC, Ms. Smith served in positions of increasing responsibility at the Gowan Group of Companies, a privately-held manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals used in agriculture. While at Gowan she managed global regulatory affairs, marketing, supply chain administration and human resources, and eventually became Chief Operating Officer.

Scott Baskin

Mr. Scott D. Baskin is Director of American Vanguard Corp. Mr. Baskin has extensive experience as a litigator arising from his 35 year career with the law firm of Irell & Manella, from which he retired at the end of 2013. During his tenure at Irell & Manella, Mr. Baskin concentrated his practice on intellectual property, technology, real estate, business torts and securities actions for a multitude of corporate clients. A frequent lecturer and writer, he has published many articles on intellectual property rights, patent infringement, trial preparation and discovery. He was an assistant instructor at Yale Law School and clerked for Hon. Y. C. Choy, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Baskin holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. in Political Science and History from Stanford University. Mr. Baskin brings legal acumen and extensive experience in intellectual property matters, which complement the Company’s commitment to innovation in formulations and delivery equipment.

Morton Erlich

Mr. Morton D. Erlich is a Director of American Vanguard Corporation. Mr. Erlich has extensive experience in accounting and auditing, arising from his 34 year career with KPMG LLP and being licensed as a CPA (currently inactive) since 1974. During his tenure at KPMG, he served as Audit Engagement Partner for numerous public and private companies in a wide range of industries and also served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Woodland Hills office. In addition to his audit and accounting work he also developed expertise in merger, acquisition and due diligence projects, as well as SEC compliance and employee benefit plan audits. Since 2004, Mr. Erlich has provided financial and managerial consulting services to a number of middle-market companies and professional service firms. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Skechers USA, Inc. a prominent global footwear company where he has served as Lead Independent Director and Chairman of both the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee, and as a member of the Compensation Committee.

Lawrence Clark

Mr. Lawrence S. Clark is an Independent Director of American Vanguard Corp. Mr. Clark served as the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) for Legendary Pictures, a motion picture production company that develops, co-produces and co-finances major motion pictures in partnership with NBC Universal from 2004 until June, 2012. From 2003—2004 he provided financial and corporate development consulting services to media and entertainment clients. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Clark was the CFO of Creative Artists Agency, a leading entertainment talent, literary and marketing agency. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Mr. Clark was Director—International for The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, from 1995 to 1997. In 1992, he co-founded Global Film Equity Corp., which provided strategic, business advisory and capital raising services to media companies. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Clark was Vice President, Corporate Finance at Salomon Brothers, Inc. Prior to that, he was a Corporate Finance Associate at Goldman Sachs & Co. from 1987 to 1989. With over 25 years of financial, investing and operating experience, Mr. Clark brings a financial discipline and analytical approach that make him a valuable asset to the Board.

Debra Edwards

Dr. Debra F. Edwards, Ph.D., is an Independent Director of American Vanguard Corp. Dr. Edwards is an independent consultant, specializing in global regulatory strategy for pesticides and biocides. She has 30 years of experience specializing in pesticide residue chemistry, human health risk assessment, human health and ecological risk management, registration, re-registration and regulatory policy development. The majority of her career has been spent in leading large scientific and regulatory organizations within the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”), culminating in her serving as Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs. Except for a two-year stint in Guatemala as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corp. (1997-1999), Dr. Edwards worked for the USEPA from 1985 until 2010. Dr. Edwards holds a Ph.D. and a Masters Degree in Plant Pathology, has been the recipient of numerous academic and professional honors, including the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service as a Senior Executive of the USEPA, and has published and made presentations in national and international fora on pesticide regulation, food safety and integrated pest management.

Alfred Ingulli

Mr. Alfred F. Ingulli is an Independent Director of American Vanguard Corp., since 2010. Mr. Ingulli served as Executive Vice President of Crompton Corporation (later Chemtura Corporation), a $3 billion specialty chemical company from 1989 through 2004, in which capacity he was responsible for the company’s global agricultural chemical business. In addition, from 2002—2004 he also served as a member of Crompton Corporation’s executive committee. From 2005 to 2014, Mr. Ingulli served on the board of directors of PBI/Gordon, Inc., a marketer of specialty chemicals in turf and ornamental, lawn and garden and animal health markets and served as a member of the compensation and audit committees of that board. Further, from 1996—2004, he served on the board of directors of Gustafson LLC, a manufacturer of seed treatment products and application equipment, and was chairman of that board from 2002—2004. From 1990—2004, Mr. Ingulli also served as a board member, and from 1998—2000 as Chairman, of CropLife America, a nationwide not-for-profit trade organization representing member companies that produce, sell, and distribute most of the active compounds used in crop protection products registered for use in the United States. Mr. Ingulli brings to the AVD board an in-depth knowledge of our industry and income statement optimization.

John Killmer

Dr. John L. Killmer Ph.D., is an Independent Director of American Vanguard Corp., since December 5, 2008. Mr. Killmer was responsible for Global Marketing, Product and Supply Chain Management for Arysta LifeSciences Corporation (“Arysta”), a large privately held crop protection and life science company, from November 2004 through June 2008. At Arysta, Mr. Killmer had global responsibility for marketing and product management and, in addition, was responsible for global supply chain management. From 1980 to November 2004 he served in various capacities with Monsanto Company (“Monsanto”) including three years as President of Monsanto, Greater China from 2001 to 2003. Since December 2014, Mr. Killmer has served as a member of the board of directors of APSE, Inc., a privately-held corporation involved in the development of RNAi technology. Mr. Killmer possesses a combination of considerable technical expertise and business acumen. A trained scientist, Mr. Killmer began his professional career focusing on technology and ascended the corporate ladder with increasing profit responsibility. He served as pro-tem Director of Technology for the Company from March 2009 through December, 2010, during which time he evaluated the Company’s technology infrastructure and added multiple resources (both people and equipment) to help enhance the Company’s domestic manufacturing and process and formulation technology.

M. Esmail Zirakparvar

Mr. M. Esmail Zirakparvar is an Independent Director of American Vanguard Corp. Mr. Zirakparvar served in executive positions at Bayer CropScience AG. From 2002—2004 he served as COO and member of the Bayer CropScience AG’s Board of Management in Germany and from 2004—2006 as Head of Region of Americas, President & CEO of Bayer CropScience LP—USA and Member of the Bayer CropScience AG Executive Committee. Prior to that, he served in various executive positions at Rhone-Poulenc Agrochemie and Aventis CropScience from 1986—2001, ultimately as Head of Portfolio Management and member of the Global Executive Committee in Lyon, France for these companies. In addition to his hands-on experience in product development, regulatory matters, project management, and management of agricultural chemical businesses, Mr. Zirakparvar helped to oversee the integration, management and direction of one of the largest global agricultural chemical companies.

William Kuser