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Olin Announces New CEO

CLAYTON, Mo., Feb. 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) today announced the Board of Directors has appointed Kenneth Lane as President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Olin Corporation effective March 18, 2024. Scott Sutton will step down as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director effective the same day and will work with Mr. Lane to facilitate a smooth transition of leadership responsibilities.

Olin Logo - Registration Mark (PRNewsfoto/Olin Corporation)
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Olin also announced Mr. Sutton stepped down as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, and William Weideman was appointed Chairman, effective February 16, 2024.

Mr. Lane comes to Olin from LyondellBasell, a NYSE traded company, one of the world's largest plastics, chemicals, and refining companies, where he served as Executive Vice President of Global Olefins and Polyolefins. Prior to joining LyondellBasell in 2019, Mr. Lane was with BASF for 13 years where he held senior executive leadership positions across a diverse array of businesses including Polyurethanes, Monomers and Catalysts. Prior to joining BASF, he served in a variety of operations, strategy and commercial positions at BP Chemicals as well as various technical and operations roles at Amoco Chemical Corporation. Mr. Lane has extensive international experience having worked in the United States, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, China and Belgium.


Mr. Lane holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Clemson University and a Master of Science in management from the University of Alabama Huntsville.

"Ken is a performance-driven leader with more than 30 years of experience leading a wide variety of both commodity and specialty chemicals businesses and has a proven track record of delivering both strong results and growth. The Board is delighted to have Ken join the Olin team and we look forward to working together to continue to drive the Company's strategy while maintaining our disciplined capital allocation approach focused on creating shareholder value," said William Weideman, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

"I am honored and excited to lead Olin Corporation and build on its strong foundation. Olin has tremendous potential for the future, and I look forward to leveraging the Company's industry leading positions, strong manufacturing base, steady cash generative operating model and exceptional talent to drive growth and higher shareholder value," said Mr. Lane.


Olin Corporation is a leading vertically integrated global manufacturer and distributor of chemical products and a leading U.S. manufacturer of ammunition. The chemical products produced include chlorine and caustic soda, vinyls, epoxies, chlorinated organics, bleach, hydrogen, and hydrochloric acid. Winchester's principal manufacturing facilities produce and distribute sporting ammunition, law enforcement ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.

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This communication includes forward-looking statements. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on management's beliefs, certain assumptions made by management, forecasts of future results, and current expectations, estimates and projections about the markets and economy in which we and our various segments operate. The statements contained in this communication that are not statements of historical fact may include forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties.

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The risks, uncertainties and assumptions involved in our forward-looking statements, many of which are discussed in more detail in our filings with the SEC, including without limitation the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other reports furnished or filed with the SEC, include, but are not limited to, the following:

Business, Industry and Operational Risks

  • sensitivity to economic, business and market conditions in the United States and overseas, including economic instability or a downturn in the sectors served by us;

  • declines in average selling prices for our products and the supply/demand balance for our products, including the impact of excess industry capacity or an imbalance in demand for our chlor alkali products;

  • unsuccessful execution of our strategic operating model, which prioritizes Electrochemical Unit (ECU) margins over sales volumes;

  • failure to control costs and inflation impacts or failure to achieve targeted cost reductions;

  • our reliance on a limited number of suppliers for specified feedstock and services and our reliance on third-party transportation;

  • the occurrence of unexpected manufacturing interruptions and outages, including those occurring as a result of labor disruptions, production hazards and weather-related events;

  • availability of and/or higher-than-expected costs of raw material, energy, transportation, and/or logistics;

  • the failure or an interruption of our information technology systems;

  • failure to identify, attract, develop, retain and motivate qualified employees throughout the organization and ability to manage executive officer and other key senior management transitions;

  • our inability to complete future acquisitions or joint venture transactions or successfully integrate them into our business;

  • risks associated with our international sales and operations, including economic, political or regulatory changes;

  • the negative impact from a public health crisis, such as a pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the global response to the pandemic, including without limitation adverse impacts in complying with governmental mandates;

  • our indebtedness and debt service obligations;

  • weak industry conditions affecting our ability to comply with the financial maintenance covenants in our senior credit facility;

  • adverse conditions in the credit and capital markets, limiting or preventing our ability to borrow or raise capital;

  • the effects of any declines in global equity markets on asset values and any declines in interest rates or other significant assumptions used to value the liabilities in, and funding of, our pension plans;

  • our long-range plan assumptions not being realized causing a non-cash impairment charge of long-lived assets;

Legal, Environmental and Regulatory Risks

  • changes in, or failure to comply with, legislation or government regulations or policies, including changes regarding our ability to manufacture or use certain products and changes within the international markets in which we operate;

  • new regulations or public policy changes regarding the transportation of hazardous chemicals and the security of chemical manufacturing facilities;

  • unexpected outcomes from legal or regulatory claims and proceedings;

  • costs and other expenditures in excess of those projected for environmental investigation and remediation or other legal proceedings;

  • various risks associated with our Lake City U.S. Army Ammunition Plant contract and performance under other governmental contracts; and

  • failure to effectively manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and related regulations, including climate change and sustainability.

All of our forward-looking statements should be considered in light of these factors. In addition, other risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we consider immaterial could affect the accuracy of our forward-looking statements.



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