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Lyondell Board of Directors Elects Dan F. Smith Chairman, and Travis Engen, Lead Director

Published on 2007-04-27. Author : SpecialChem

HOUSTON -- Lyondell Chemical Company (NYSE: LYO) announced that its Board of Directors has elected Lyondell President and CEO Dan F. Smith to the additional position of Chairman. The appointment will be effective on May 3, 2007 at the conclusion of the company's annual shareholder meeting at which time Lyondell's current Board Chairman, Dr. William T. Butler, will retire from the post he has held since 1997.

In addition, the independent members of Lyondell's Board have elected Travis Engen as independent Lead Director, also effective as of May 3, 2007. Mr. Engen has served as a member of Lyondell's Board since 1995. From 2001 until his retirement in 2006, Mr. Engen was president and CEO of Alcan, Inc.

"These appointments recognize Dan's expertise and also assure the continued independence of the Lyondell Board of Directors and committees, as well as the integrity of our governance processes," said Dr. Butler. "It fills me with great pride to look back on what the company has achieved during the more than 18 years that I have served on the Board, and I am confident that we have in place a strong and capable Board and management team for both today and tomorrow."

Lyondell Chemical Company, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is North America's third-largest independent, publicly traded chemical company. Lyondell is a leading global manufacturer of chemicals and plastics, a refiner of heavy, high-sulfur crude oil and a significant producer of fuel products. Key products include ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, propylene, propylene oxide, titanium dioxide, gasoline, ultra low-sulfur diesel, MTBE and ETBE. Lyondell operates on five continents and employs nearly 11,000 people worldwide.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in our press releases regarding Lyondell Chemical Company's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.

Source: Lyondell Chemical Company

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