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January 25, 2018

Trinseo CEO Christopher Pappas Named a CEO Who "Gets It" by the National Safety Council and Safety+Health Magazine

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, today announced along with the National Safety Council (NSC) and Safety+Health Magazine, that Christopher D. Pappas, Trinseo’s President and CEO, was honored as a CEO Who "Gets It" for his personal commitment to safety in the workplace.

According to the NSC, honorees have built their companies’ safety strategy on the four pillars of leadership and employee engagement, safety management solutions, risk reduction, and performance measurement.

In his Q&A with Safety+Health Magazine, Pappas affirms that a commitment to safety starts at the top.

“Right from the very founding of Trinseo, we said if a job cannot be done safely, it should not be done, and we empower every employee to stop work if they have a concern,” Pappas said. “We believe this safety culture has been at the center of our success and our growth. It has helped us retain top talent and find the best workers across the globe.”

Few companies in the chemical sector have delivered such strong safety performance in the workplace, while also delivering top line and bottom line growth. Trinseo has an exceptional track record on employee safety, with an OSHA recordable rate of 0.07 – which places the company among the top echelon of all companies. This achievement has been the result of the commitment of every Trinseo employee, led by Pappas' leadership vision that safety and well-being are fundamental drivers of success.

“We’ve found that safe and healthy working environments foster greater productivity, and also strengthen our relationships in communities where we operate,” Pappas said.  Trinseo has nearly 2,200 employees working in 59 manufacturing plants at 15 sites around the world

Pappas has a 35-plus year distinguished career and proven operating experience in the chemicals and plastics industry, and is an accomplished leader of complex global businesses.  He joined the company as CEO at its formation in 2010 when it was carved out from its former parent The Dow Chemical Company through a leveraged buyout with private equity firm Bain Capital Partners.

Under his leadership, the company established independent operation, defined a new vision and culture, dramatically improved its financial position, launched expansions and capital investments. The company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014.