Chairman & CEO
Eric Wintemute was elected to the post of of AMVAC's President and American Vanguard Corporation's Chief Executive Officer in mid-1994. Mr. Wintemute had joined the company in January 1994 as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors following American Vanguard's acquisition of GemChem Inc., a national and international chemical distribution company he co-founded in 1991. From 1977 to 1982, he worked for AMVAC in a variety of sales, purchasing, and production control capacities. Previously, as a Vice President and Director of R.W. Greeff & Co. from 1982 to 1991, Mr. Wintemute oversaw the national and international distribution of key AMVAC chemical products. Mr. Wintemute holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Bob Trogele, PhD
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
Ulrich (Bob) Trogele joined AMVAC in January 2015 to focus on growing the business across multiple product lines and geographies, achieving greater profitability, and establishing a pipeline of future opportunities through innovation and strategic relationships. As COO, he will oversee sales, marketing, and business development on a global basis.
Over the past 28 years, Bob has worked in positions of increasing responsibility within the agribusiness sectors of agrichemicals, biotechnology and plant nutrition, culminating with 10 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 its agricultural solutions business.
Prior to his business career, Bob was a four-year starter and captain on the Wichita State basketball team, 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.
David T. Johnson
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Johnson has served as Chief Financial Offer of the Company since March 7, 2008. He served as Finance Director for Amcor Flexibles UK Ltd., a five hundred 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. David earned his business degree from the University of Coventry in Great Britain and is certified as a Chartered Financial Accountant.
Timothy J. Donnelly
Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Donnelly recently has served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at DDi Corp. (Nasdaq: DDIC), a publicly held printed circuit board manufacturer, since June 2000. Mr. Donnelly managed a broad array of legal responsibilities including business plan and strategy development, SEC filings, M&A, Sarbanes-Oxely compliance, corporate governance issues, securities offerings and private placements, as well as negotiations with the EPA. From 1991 – 2000, he served as Assistant General Counsel at Rockwell International Corporation where he handled M&A, various licensing agreements and corporate litigation for the company. From 1986 — 1990, Mr. Donnelly was an Associate with the law firm Latham & Watkins where his responsibilities included corporate transactional work and civil litigation. Mr. Donnelly holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from John Carroll University and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University Law School.
Cindy Baker Smith
Senior Vice President – Global Regulatory Affairs & Product Development
Cindy Baker Smith joined AMVAC in September 2012 and is responsible for overseeing all regulatory and government affairs relating to AMVAC’s 37 active ingredients sold in the U.S. and 45 countries, including product registrations, re-registrations, label expansions, data study generation, product defense and compliance with both domestic and foreign laws. Mrs. Baker Smith has worked extensively with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and many foreign agencies. She currently serves as chairperson of the Strategic Oversight Council of CropLife America, a committee of which she has been a member for several years.
Mrs. Baker Smith has spent the last 17 years at the Gowan Group of Companies, a privately-held manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals used in agriculture. Starting as a regulatory specialist with Gowan, she rose to positions of increasing responsibility in managing global regulatory affairs, marketing, supply chain administration, and human resources, culminating with the position of chief operating officer, where she was responsible for managing an organization of 200 employees.
Vice President and Director of Technology
Dr. Venter joined Amvac Chemical on December 1, 2010 from Champion Technologies in Houston, Texas where he was Director of Research and Development. Johann received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Port Elizabeth, Republic of South Africa and is the recipient of numerous fellowships, scholarships and honors. He is a native of South Africa and worked previously for the Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa. Dr. Venter has extensive experience and expertise in industrial chemistry including process and product development, as well as pilot plant design, operation and scale-up.
Vice President, Director of Sales
Mr. Lehman became the National Sales Manager of Amvac Chemical in July 2010 after previously serving as Amvac’s Midwest Regional Sales Manager since the beginning of 2009. Jim has over 25 years of successful sales, marketing and product management experience – much of it spent with BASF and the American Cyanamid Company. Since joining Amvac, he has been instrumental in attracting experienced talent to the Company’s sales organization, instituting better sales management responsibilities and installing a sales commission incentive system. Mr. Lehman holds a Masters degree in Ag Economics from North Dakota State University.
Vice President and Director of Manufacturing
John Rizzi is responsible for the operation of all of AMVAC’s manufacturing facilities and is involved in the procurement of key materials from outside manufacturers and suppliers. His 28-year manufacturing career includes extensive experience with safe start up and commissioning, continuous improvement, maximizing manufacturing output and handling of hazardous materials. Mr. Rizzi has worked throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand and has previously served as Plant Manager of AMVAC’s Axis, Alabama facility since it was acquired in 2001. He has undergraduate and masters degrees in chemical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada as well as a Certificate in Business Studies from Waikato University, New Zealand.
Robert F. Gilbane
President of GemChem
Mr. Gilbane has served as President of GemChem since June 1999. He served as Executive Vice President from January 1994 (when the Company acquired GemChem) to June 1999. He co-founded GemChem in 1991 with Eric G. Wintemute AND Al Moskal, who has since retired from the Company. Bob earned his B.A. Degree in Government from King’s College in 1972 and his MBA degree from the University of New Haven in 1985.
Ad de Jong
Managing Director, AMVAC Netherlands BV
Ad de Jong joined AMVAC in July 2012 as Managing Director of American Vanguard Corporation’s Netherlands-based subsidiary. He is responsible for managing sales, marketing, finance, registration and supply chain relating to all ex-U.S. sales of the Company’s products. Mr. de Jong’s extensive background in agricultural chemicals, knowledge of international markets, familiarity with regulatory and logistical matters and fluency in multiple languages are crucial in helping American Vanguard improve its global organization and drive international growth. He has spent his entire career in the agricultural sector, starting in the advisory service with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture and then holding positions of increasing responsibility over a 23 year period at Chemtura Corporation (and its predecessor companies) and culminating with the position of Vice President Crop Protection for Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific.
William A. Kuser
Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Mr. Kuser joins American Vanguard from Chemtura Corporation (NYSE: CEM) where he held roles in corporate strategy and investor realtions over the last 12 years. His extensive career in the chemical industry includes prior experience in financial analysis, marketing, operations and business management. Bill earned his undergraduate B.A. degree in Economics from Rutgers University in 1973 and his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton Graduate School in 1975.