Thorley Takes AMVAC Reins

Veteran industry leader Trevor Thorley has been named CEO and executive vice president of AMVAC Chemical Corp., effective immediately.

 

He will be responsible for the sales, marketing, regulatory, research and development, manufacturing operations, and administrative functions of AMVAC, a subsidiary of American Vanguard Corp. Thorley has spent his entire career in the agricultural sector, holding positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, strategic planning, and general management. He worked for 20 years at German multinational Bayer, both in the United Kingdom and the U.S. In his last position with Bayer, as senior vice president, Marketing & Sales for the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) region, he was responsible for managing sales in excess of $400 million.

 

He served as president and chief operating officer of Valent USA Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Co., the past six years. In addition to his success in the U.S. market, since 2003 he has also managed the North and South American region for Sumitomo’s overall crop protection business and successfully achieved considerable business growth in Latin America and Canada. Most recently, he has held the position of executive officer for Sumitomo Chemical – the first non-Japanese executive accorded such a role.

 

“Trevor’s extensive background in agricultural chemicals will greatly assist American Vanguard as we expand our product portfolio and geographic reach,” says Eric Wintemute, president and CEO of American Vanguard. “His demonstrated success in leadership, marketing, customer relationships, product acquisition, personnel development, and general management will enhance our ability to function efficiently and drive both our domestic and international growth potential.”

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