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New Executive Leadership Team at ARLANXEO North America

New CEO and New CFO Named

Pittsburgh, PA, January 23, 2018 – ARLANXEO North America is announcing twoappointments to its executive leadership team. John Sawaya has been namedPresident and CEO of ARLANXEO USA LLC and Board Member of ARLANXEO USAHoldings LLC. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of ARLANXEO CanadaInc. François Le Roy will move from his current role as Managing Director and CFO ofARLANXEO Switzerland to assume his new role as CFO of ARLANXEO USA LLC andMember of the Board of Directors for ARLANXEO Canada Inc.

Sawaya is assuming the CEO role from Antonis Papadourakis, currently President andCEO for both LANXESS Corporation and ARLANXEO USA LLC. Papadourakis hasserved as President and CEO for both legal entities since the ARLANXEO joint venturewas established in April 2016. The leadership change will enable Papadourakis to focussolely on LANXESS.

“The new leadership appointments reflect the beginning of an exciting evolution forARLANXEO North America in 2018,” said Jorge Nogueira, global CEO for ARLANXEO.“John and François will continue to strengthen our position and build our organization inthis key region. I am looking forward to continuing our sustainable market developmentwith this dedicated leadership at the helm.”

Currently, Sawaya is the Regional Head of the Tire and Specialty Rubbers BusinessUnit in North America. Prior to the establishment of the ARLANXEO joint venture in2016, Sawaya had been with LANXESS since 2004, when he started as a MarketDevelopment Manager within the former Business Unit Functional Chemicals (BU FCC).Within the same business unit, he moved on to become Head of the PhosphorousChemicals Business Line and Regional Head for North America. In September 2014,Sawaya became the North American Regional Head of the Tire and Specialty RubbersBusiness Unit – a position he maintained through the establishment of the ARLANXEOjoint venture. Sawaya’s new position is effective February 1, 2018.

Le Roy is currently Country Managing Director and CFO at ARLANXEO’s Fribourg,Switzerland location. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring governance andcompliance, regulation standards, coordinating business support functions, andmanaging legal, finance, HR, IT and administration. Prior to joining ARLANXEO at thetime of the joint venture in 2016, he was employed at the LANXESS Fribourg,Switzerland, location since 2008. Le Roy’s appointment is effective April 1, 2018.

ARLANXEO has a strong presence in North America, including a plant in Sarnia,Ontario that produces butyl rubber and petrochemicals, and another in Orange, Texasthat produces both tire and specialty rubbers and high performance elastomers. Thereis also a North American technical lab in London, Ontario, and a sales operation inMexico City. The North American corporate headquarters is located in Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania.

The ARLANXEO Pittsburgh team is positioned to hire a variety of corporate servicefunctions through the rest of this year.

ARLANXEO is a world-leading synthetic rubber company with sales of around EUR 2.7billion in 2016, about 3,800 employees and a presence at 20 production sites in ninecountries. The company’s core business is the development, manufacturing andmarketing of high-performance rubber for use in, for example, the automotive and tireindustries, the construction industry, and the oil and gas industries. ARLANXEO wasestablished in April 2016 as a joint venture of LANXESS and Saudi Aramco.

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