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Kraus Named National Accounts Manager for Valent

May 12, 2011

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced company veteran Rick Kraus has been named national accounts manager. In his new role, Kraus will manage corporate relationships and strategic planning with assigned distribution customers across the United States.

Kraus joined Valent in 2008 as a market manager for the company's fungicide portfolio. During his tenure, he helped Valent bring leading technologies Quash® and Presidio® Fungicides to market, oversaw management of Domark® Fungicide in soybeans and helped Valent strengthen its pipeline of fungicides and fungicide label expansions. Prior to Valent, Kraus had a number of marketing and sales leadership roles with other major crop protection companies.

Matt Plitt, senior director of national crop sales, said Kraus' deep experience with the Valent portfolio and sales know-how will be important in connecting Valent solutions with specific customer needs.

"We're excited to have Rick back on the front lines, so to speak, working firsthand with customers to understand their needs," Plitt said. "Rick is extremely well respected in the industry and has a deep commitment in working with our customers to help their growers produce the highest-yielding, highest-quality crop each year. We believe Rick will do great things for our company and, more importantly, our customers in this role."

This announcement is the latest move from Valent to support the company's customer focus initiative. To complement local sales efforts and support the growing Valent product portfolio, company leaders are taking strategic steps to expand customer relationships and provide dedicated tools and resources for their customers' business needs.

About Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Valent U.S.A. Corporation, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., develops and markets products in the United States and Canada that protect agricultural crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for agricultural and professional use. It differentiates itself from its competitors as a leader in marketing and sales of both biorational and traditional chemical products.

For more information about Valent or our full product line, please call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368) or visit www.valent.com.

For downloadable photos of Kraus, please visit: www.valent.com/kraus.