People: American Vanguard Corp (AVD)
3 Dec 2013
Dr. Debra F. Edwards, Ph.D., is Independent Director of American Vanguard Corp. Dr. Edwards has more than 28 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. From September 2010 to June 2011, she served as Senior Managing Scientist at Exponent’s Health Sciences Center for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety. In 2010 she retired from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”), where she had spent the majority of her career scientific and regulatory organizations, 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 and has been the recipient of numerous academic and professional honors, including the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service as a Senior Executive, and has published and made presentations in national and international fora on pesticide regulation, food safety and integrated pest management. Given the number of active ingredients that the Company has registered for use across the globe and the rapidly changing and increasingly challenging regulatory climate, Dr. Edwards is be a asset for assisting the board in mapping out the strategy for product defense, regulatory compliance both domestically and internationally, and in the evaluation of product line acquisitions.
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