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Valent U.S.A. Corporation Names Robin Demouth as Acting President

December 15, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (December 15, 2008)—Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced today that Robin Demouth has been named the company’s acting President and General Manager Region Americas. Demouth succeeds Trevor Thorley, who resigned his role with Valent, effective January 2, 2009. 

Demouth has been with Valent as Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Treasurer since 1998. He will assume the responsibilities of acting President of Valent’s businesses until Thorley’s successor is named.

“We are experiencing strong growth and momentum at Valent, and we feel extremely confident about the direction our company is moving,” Demouth said. “Although there is never a good time to see a valued leader and friend step down, Trevor helped build an excellent, empowered team. This group will continue with our vision and commitment to our customers and partners. We are already on track to kick off a strong 2009 and meet both our short-term and long-range plans.”

In this interim role, Demouth will oversee the operations of Valent’s growing agricultural, turf/ornamental and consumer business units in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. In recent years, the company expanded its focus with an acquisition of Green Light consumer lawn and garden business, the launch of a new Seed Protection unit and the introduction of several new fungicides, insecticides and herbicides in both the agricultural and turf markets.

Thorley, who is leaving the company for personal reasons, has been in this role since 2002. 

"While leaving Valent is a difficult personal decision, it is the right one for me at this time,” Thorley said. “I am proud of Valent’s strong financial performance and extremely healthy portfolio of innovative products. This, coupled with very capable and dedicated employees, means Valent is extremely well positioned for future success.”

Mr. Kenjiro Fukubayashi, President of the Agricultural Chemicals Sector for Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited, and Chairman, Valent U.S.A. Corporation, in a meeting with employees reiterated that Valent is very important to the overall Sumitomo business.  He expressed great confidence in Valent’s employees.

For more information about Valent U.S.A. Corporation or Valent's full product line, call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368), or visit the Valent Web site at www.valent.com.