American Vanguard Announces the Passing of Irving J. Thau

  American Vanguard Announces the Passing of Irving J. Thau

Business Wire

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- July 8, 2013

American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) announced today the passing of Mr.
Irving J. Thau, a member of its Board of Directors since 2003. Mr. Thau served
in various positions on the Company’s board, including Lead Director, Chairman
of the Audit Committee and member of both the Nominating & Corporate
Governance Committee and the Finance Committee.

Mr. Thau was a Partner with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP, where he
worked from 1962 to 1995. During his career at Ernst & Young, he directed and
provided accounting, auditing and business advisory services to both
publicly-held and private organizations.

Eric Wintemute, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Vanguard
commented: “We are deeply saddened at the passing of Irv Thau. He has been a
trusted advisor and resource to the Board and was a good friend to all of us.
Over the past ten years, Irv has given us the benefit of his considerable
accounting experience, business acumen and creativity. He was one of those
rare accounting professionals who seamlessly blended a command of accounting
principles and attention-to-detail with pragmatism. On the one hand, he never
missed a detail. On the other hand, he was invaluable at thinking through
solutions for the business.”

David Johnson, CFO of American Vanguard commented: “Irv has been a great
mentor and advisor to me since I arrived at the Company and I will miss him a
great deal.”

About American Vanguard:

American Vanguard Corporation is a diversified specialty and agricultural
products company that develops, manufactures and markets products for crop
protection, turf and ornamentals management and public health applications.
American Vanguard trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:AVD) and is
included in the Russell 2000®, Russell 3000® and the S&P 600 Small Cap®
Indexes. To learn more about American Vanguard, please reference the Company’s
web site at


American Vanguard Corporation
William A. Kuser, 949-260-1200
Director of Investor Relations
The Equity Group Inc.
Lena Cati, 212-836-9611
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