Avient hires Jamie A. Beggs as Chief Financial Officer

| Business function | Avient | Cleveland, OH | United States

Avient Corporation, a leading provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions, has announced that Jamie A. Beggs has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer.  She replaces Bradley C. Richardson who has decided to retire later this year after an exceptional career, including the last seven as Chief Financial Officer at Avient.

Ms. Beggs joins Avient with 20 years of experience in financial leadership positions in public and private organizations with an emphasis on specialty materials and diverse end markets.

"We are thrilled to welcome Jamie to our executive leadership team, as we accelerate our specialty growth strategy during this new era as Avient," said Robert M. Patterson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Avient Corporation.  "With her prior CFO experience, industry expertise and inspirational leadership, I look forward to partnering with her as our company delivers on the value creation opportunities before us."

Ms. Beggs most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of Hunt Consolidated, Inc., a diversified holding company for a group of businesses in several industries, including oil and gas exploration and production, refining, liquefied natural gas, power and infrastructure.  Prior to Hunt Consolidated, Ms. Beggs worked for 10 years at Celanese Corporation, where she served in a variety of leadership positions, most recently as Corporate Vice President and Treasurer, and earlier as Chief Financial Officer of the Materials Solutions business.  She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after earning her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Accounting from the University of Texas.

"I'm extremely proud and excited to be joining Avient at such an exciting time," said Ms. Beggs.  "I'm eager to contribute to the next chapter of the company's transformation and creating value for all stakeholders." 

Retiring CFO Brad Richardson will stay with the company for a transitionary period.  "Brad enters retirement after a remarkable professional career where he served as a successful CFO for multiple publicly traded companies and lived on three continents," said Mr. Patterson.  "He used those experiences to help guide Avient through a tremendous portfolio shift, positioning us very well for continued success.  We thank Brad for his leadership and wish him all the best in his retirement years."