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Board of Directors

We believe that our board of directors is, and we intend that it continue to be, composed of individuals with sophistication and experience in many substantive areas that impact our business. We believe that all of our current board members possess the professional and personal qualifications necessary for board service, and have highlighted the specific experience, qualifications, attributes, and skills that led to the conclusion that each board member should serve as a director in the individual biographies below.

Stephen M. Zide , , , Chairman

Mr. Zide became a director of our Company in June 2010. Mr. Zide is a senior advisor to Bain Capital in the private equity business, having joined the firm in 1997. From 2001 through 2015, Mr. Zide was a Managing Director of Bain Capital. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Zide was a partner of the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a founding member of the New York office and specialized in representing private equity and venture capital firms. Mr. Zide received an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law, and a B.A. degree from the University of Rochester. He also serves as a director of one other public company, Sensata Technologies B.V. (NYSE: ST) since 2010, and was previously a director of HD Supply Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HDS) from 2007 through 2014 and Innophos Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPHS) from 2004 through 2013. Mr. Zide brings to the Board extensive negotiating and financing expertise gained from his training and experience as a legal advisor, and later as a private equity professional and financial advisor. In addition, Mr. Zide has had significant involvement with the Company since its 2010 formation, and has served as a director of numerous public and private companies during his career in private equity and law.

Christopher D. Pappas , , , Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Pappas joined the Company as President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2010 and served as interim chief financial officer from November 2015 until June 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Pappas held a number of executive positions at NOVA Chemicals of increasing responsibility from July 2000 to November 2009, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer from May 2009 to November 2009, President & Chief Operations Officer from October 2006 to April 2009 and Vice President and President of Styrenics from July 2000 to September 2006. Before joining NOVA Chemicals, Mr. Pappas was Commercial Vice President of DuPont Dow Elastomers where he joined as Vice President of ethylene elastomers in 1995. Mr. Pappas began his chemicals career in 1978 with The Dow Chemical Company where he held various sales and managerial positions until 1995. Mr. Pappas is currently a member of the Board of Directors of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) and Univar, Inc. (NYSE: UNVR), and he is a former member of the board of directors for Methanex Corp., NOVA Chemicals Corporation, and Allegheny Energy, Inc. Mr. Pappas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Pappas is highly qualified to serve on the board of directors due to his more than 30 years of management experience with major companies in the chemical industry, by his previous service as a director of the corporations noted above, and by his leadership of the Company since its formation. In these roles he has also acquired and demonstrated substantial financial expertise which is valuable to the Company’s Board.

Jeffrey J. Cote , , , Director

Mr. Cote became a director of our Company in May 2014. Mr. Cote has served as Chief Operating Officer of Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (NYSE: ST) since July 2012 and as Executive Vice President of its Global Sensing Solutions business since November 2015. He joined Sensata as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2007, and was appointed Executive Vice President in July 2007. From March 2005 to December 2006, Mr. Cote was Chief Operating Officer of the law firm Ropes & Gray. From January 2000 to March 2005, Mr. Cote was Chief Operating, Financial and Administrative Officer of Digitas. Previously he worked for Ernst & Young LLP from 1989 until 1997. Mr. Cote is a certified public accountant and received a B.A. degree in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Cote brings significant management, capital markets and accounting experience to the board of directors.

Pierre-Marie De Leener , , , Director

Mr. De Leener became a director of our Company in May 2014. Mr. De Leener served as interim CEO of Braas Monier Building Group SA from January 2016 to November 2016 and has been Chairman of its Board of Directors since June 2014. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President for PPG Industries, Inc. from July 2010 until December 2012. From June 2008 until August 2011, Mr. De Leener also served as President of PPG Europe S.A. Mr. De Leener previously served as Chief Executive Officer of SigmaKalon Group from 1998 until January 2008. In addition, Mr. De Leener served as a member of the Total Fina operating committee from 1998 until 2001. Mr. De Leener received a B.A. degree in Economics and Philosophy and a Master of Chemical Engineering degree from Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. Mr. De Leener brings valuable management and chemical industry experience to our Board.

Donald T. Misheff , , , Director

Donald T. Misheff has been a director of our Company since February 2015. Mr. Misheff served as managing partner from 2003 until his retirement in 2011 of the Northeast Ohio offices of Ernst & Young LLP, a public accounting firm. As the managing partner of the Northeast Ohio offices of Ernst & Young LLP, Mr. Misheff advised many of the region’s largest companies on financial and corporate governance issues. He began his career with Ernst & Young LLP in 1978 as part of the audit staff and later joined the tax practice, specializing in accounting/financial reporting for income taxes, purchase accounting, and mergers and acquisitions. He has more than 30 years of experience performing, reviewing, and overseeing the audits of financial statements of a wide range of public companies. He currently serves as a director of two other public companies: TimkenSteel Corporation (NYSE: TMST) and First Energy Corp. (NYSE: FE). Mr. Misheff graduated from the University of Akron with a B.S. degree in Accounting. Mr. Misheff brings extensive financial and corporate governance experience to our Board.

Philip R. Martens , , , Director

Mr. Martens became a director of our Company in September 2016. From February 2011 to April 2015, Mr. Martens served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Novelis, Inc., a leader in aluminum rolled products and can recycling with worldwide operations. He joined Novelis as President and Chief Operating Officer in April 2009. Prior to his employment with Novelis, Mr. Martens served as Senior Vice President of light vehicle systems for ArvinMeritor Inc., a distributor for engine and transmission parts and President and Chief Executive Officer designate of Arvin Innovation, a leading global provider of dynamic motion and control automotive systems. From 1987 to 2005, Mr. Martens held various product development and engineering roles at Ford Motor Company, including his most recent role as a group vice president of product creation from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Martens serves as Chairman of the Board of Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), a leading provider of packaging solutions for a wide variety of products to food, beverage and other consumer products companies, where he has been director since November 2013. Additionally, Mr. Martens served as a director at Plexus Corporation (NASDAQ: PLXS) from August 2010 until February 2017. Mr. Martens has an MBA from University of Michigan and received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Martens brings to the board of directors significant leadership and management experience in global manufacturing operations, along with innovation expertise.

Joseph Alvarado , , , Director

Mr. Alvarado became a director of our company in March 2017. Mr. Alvarado is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC). He joined CMC in April 2010 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, was named President and Chief Operating Officer in April 2011, and became President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2011. In January 2017, he passed his President title to his Chief Operating Officer. He has been Chairman of CMC's board of directors since January 2013. Prior to joining CMC, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Lone Star Technologies, Inc. from 2004 to 2007. In June 2007, following the acquisition of Lone Star Technologies, Inc. by United States Steel Corporation, Mr. Alvarado was named President of U.S. Steel Tubular Products, Inc., a division of United States Steel Corporation, a position he held until March 2009. Mr. Alvarado began his career at Inland Steel Company in 1976 and spent 21 years with the company in roles of increasing responsibility. He then served in executive roles with Birmingham Steel Corporation and Ispat North America Inc. until joining Lone Star Technologies. Mr. Alvarado previously served as a director of Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE) from 2011 until February 2017. He received an MBA from Cornell University and B.A. degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Alvarado brings years of experience in a cyclical commodities-driven industry and significant perspective on global operations and strategic planning.

K’Lynne Johnson , , , Director

Ms. Johnson became a director of our company in March 2017. Ms. Johnson served as Chairwoman of Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc., from 2015 to 2106 following eight years as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Elevance, Ms. Johnson spent over twenty years in the oil and petrochemical industry with Amoco Corporation and BP p.l.c. (joining BP after its merger with Amoco in 1998). During this time, she held both operational and functional roles, culminating in her role as Senior Vice President of Global Derivatives within BP’s Innovene business, which included P&L accountability for multiple global commodity and specialty chemicals businesses. Ms. Johnson has served on the board of directors for FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) since 2013. She received an MOB degree in Management and Organizational Behavior, and a B.S. degree in Psychology, both from Brigham Young University. Ms. Johnson brings to our board valuable experience in operational leadership and chemical industry expertise.

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