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Huntsman Appoints Two New Independent Directors and Announces Governance Changes As Part of Ongoing Board Refreshment

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Jan. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) today announced that it has appointed Curtis E. Espeland and José Muñoz to its Board of Directors. Additionally, the Company announced that it has appointed Cynthia L. Egan as new Lead Independent Director, Non-Executive Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and added Sonia Dulá as a member of the Compensation Committee with the intent she becomes Chair when Wayne A. Reaud leaves the Board. All of these appointments are effective January 1, 2022. 

“As part of our Board’s ongoing refreshment process, I am pleased that we have identified two outstanding independent directors in Curt and José, who both bring extensive experience in operating companies in or relevant to our industry and in executing on strategic growth plans,” said Peter R. Huntsman, Chairman, President and CEO. “With these additions, I’m confident that our Board and the Company will be strongly positioned to ensure management achieves the growth strategy and financial targets we outlined at our November Investor Day to unlock value for our shareholders. We continue to engage with shareholders and appreciate the substantive input that we have received to date as our Company continues to evolve our portfolio and execute on our strategy.”

Huntsman also announced, consistent with the Company’s director retirement policy, that three existing directors, Nolan D. Archibald, outgoing Lead Independent Director, Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, M. Anthony Burns, prior Chair of the Audit Committee, whose upcoming retirement was previously announced at the Investor Day, and Sir Robert J. Margetts will transition off the Board as planned at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Wayne Reaud, Chair of the Litigation and Public Policy and Compensation committees, will support the transition of those committees’ oversight duties before stepping down from the Board at or before the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders when he will reach the retirement age.

The changes announced today reflect the latest steps in the Board’s multi-year director succession plan, including recruiting directors with skillsets aligned with Huntsman’s upgraded and streamlined portfolio. These appointments ensure the Board continues to have the right combination of experience, expertise and diversity to drive profitable growth for shareholders and to best oversee the Company’s strategic initiatives. These include the recently announced review of strategic options for its Textile Effects Division and a multi-year incentive compensation plan aligned with financial targets presented at Investor Day.

These changes follow the addition of three independent directors in the last 18 months, including Jeanne McGovern, who joined the Board in February 2021 and was appointed to chair the Audit Committee effective January 1, 2022. As a result, seven independent directors have been appointed since 2018.

New Directors

Curtis Espeland retired in 2020 from Eastman Chemical Company after almost 25 years in leadership roles, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2008 until his retirement. Prior to joining Eastman, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at Arthur Andersen performing audit, financial due diligence and business consulting services in the banking, manufacturing, media and telecommunications industries in the U.S. and across the globe. Mr. Espeland has been a director of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. since 2012 and Lead Independent Director since April 2018, while also serving on that board’s finance and audit committees and as audit committee chair for three years. Mr. Espeland is also a director of global specialty chemicals company Nouryon and serves as chair of the board’s audit committee.

José Muñoz is the Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Company, a global manufacturer of automobiles based in Seoul, South Korea, where he oversees more than 120,000 employees and operations worldwide. In addition to being responsible for the company’s …

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