Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): March 7, 2018



PolyOne Corporation

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)




Ohio   1-16091   34-1730488
(State or Other Jurisdiction   (Commission   (IRS Employer
of Incorporation)   File Number)   Identification No.)

PolyOne Center

33587 Walker Road

Avon Lake, Ohio 44012

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (440) 930-1000



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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Agreements of Certain Officers.

On March 7, 2018, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of PolyOne Corporation (the “Company”) increased its size from ten to eleven and elected Robert E. Abernathy as director, effective immediately. Mr. Abernathy will serve for an initial term ending at the Company’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Mr. Abernathy was also named to the Audit Committee of the Board.

Mr. Abernathy, 63, is the Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Halyard Health, Inc. (“Halyard”), a medical technology company. Mr. Abernathy served as Chief Executive Officer of Halyard from its spin off from Kimberly-Clark in October 2014 until his retirement in June 2017, during which time he also served as Chairman. He continued as Chairman until September 2017. Prior to joining Halyard, Mr. Abernathy worked for Kimberly-Clark, a global personal care products company, in numerous roles of increasing responsibility, including President, Global Healthcare, from June 2014 until October 2014, and Executive Vice President, from November 2013 to June 2014.

As a non-employee director, Mr. Abernathy will receive compensation in the same manner as the Company’s other non-employee directors, which compensation the Company previously disclosed in its definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2017. The Company entered into an Indemnification Agreement with Mr. Abernathy. The Indemnification Agreement will be in the same form as the form indemnification agreement for directors that the Company previously reported the Board had approved on a Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 5, 2006.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


  PolyOne Corporation
By:   /s/ Lisa K. Kunkle
  Lisa K. Kunkle

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and


Date: March 7, 2018