PolyOne Shareholders Approve All Proposals at the 2016 Annual Meeting, Robert M. Patterson Becomes Chairman of the Board

May 12, 2016

CLEVELAND, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), a leading global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, today held its 2016 annual meeting of shareholders, during which time all presented proposals before shareholders were approved.

Actions included the re-election of the following ten individuals to serve on the company's Board of Directors until the 2017 annual meeting: Richard H. Fearon, Gregory J. Goff, William R. Jellison, Sandra Beach Lin, Richard A. Lorraine, Robert M. Patterson, William H. Powell, Kerry J. Preete, Farah M. Walters and William A. Wulfsohn.

Also taking effect at the meeting was the transition of the Board chairman role from Stephen D. Newlin to Robert M. Patterson, who now serves as chairman, president and CEO of PolyOne Corporation. On March 15, 2016, Mr. Newlin announced he had decided to retire from the Board and therefore is not standing for re-election at the annual meeting. 

"Steve has admirably served PolyOne and its many stakeholders over the last decade, transforming the portfolio and culture to create a specialty growth company. We offer our most sincere appreciation for his leadership and wish him all the best," said Richard H. Fearon, who serves as lead director on PolyOne's Board.  "At the same time, the Board is extremely pleased to have Bob Patterson take on the additional role of chairman."

Reflecting on his role as chairman and CEO, Mr. Newlin said, "It has truly been an honor for me to serve PolyOne's many stakeholders over the last 10 years. PolyOne's Board and leadership team remain strong and committed, and I know there will be continued specialty transformation, innovation, growth and value creation well into the future."   

Mr. Patterson commented, "We are off to a great start this year, with first quarter adjusted EPS up 22% over the first quarter of 2015.  This performance is a direct result of following the four-pillar strategy that Steve introduced and that we continue to believe is the right one for PolyOne. It is a privilege to follow in his footsteps."

About PolyOne

PolyOne Corporation, with 2015 revenues of $3.4 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The company is dedicated to serving customers in diverse industries around the globe, by creating value through collaboration, innovation and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Guided by its Core Values, Sustainability Promise and No Surprises PledgeSM, PolyOne is committed to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders through ethical, sustainable and fiscally responsible principles. For more information, visit

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