Mr. Smith has served on Nexeo Solutions’ board of directors since April 2011 and became Chairman in March 2017. He has had a long and distinguished career in the chemical industry and is widely recognized as an expert in the field. He has extensive experience at the highest levels, including several years as the Chief Executive Officer of a major chemical company. Mr. Smith began his career with Atlantic Richfield Company (“ARCO”) in 1968 as an engineer and was employed by Lyondell Chemical Company from 1975 through 2007, where he was elected President in 1994, Chief Executive Officer in 1996 and served as a director from November 1989 through December 2007, including as Chairman from May 2007 through December 2007. Mr. Smith retired in December 2007 as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lyondell Chemical Company following the acquisition of Lyondell Chemical Company by Basell AF. Additionally, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Equistar Chemicals, LP from 1997 through 2007 and as Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Chemicals, Inc. from 2004 until 2007, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Lyondell Chemical Company. Mr. Smith served on the board of directors of Cooper Industries PLC from April 1998 until its sale to Eaton Corp. in November 2012 and served five year terms on its Audit Committee and Management Development and Compensation Committee. Mr. Smith has served as the Chairman of the Board of Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. and AXIP Energy Services, L.P, (f/k/a Valerus Services, L.P.) since February 2008 and December 2009, respectively. Mr. Smith joined the board of Northern Tier Energy LLC and Northern Tier Energy GP LP in May 2011 and became Chairman of Northern Tier Energy LLC and Northern Tier Energy GP LP in November 2011. In January 2014, Mr. Smith stepped down as Chairman, but remains a Director. Mr. Smith became Chairman of the Board and a Director for Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. in May 2014 and also serves as a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council at Lamar University. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Lamar University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.