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Origin Materials Announces Appointment of Jim Stephanou to Board of Directors

New director’s decades of manufacturing, operations, and engineering experience to enhance Board expertise

Origin Materials (“Origin”) (NASDAQ: ORGN, ORGNW), the world’s leading carbon negative materials company with a mission to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials, today announced the appointment of James ("Jim") Stephanou to the Origin Board of Directors, effective June 12. Mr. Stephanou will serve as a member of the Board’s Audit and Compensation Committees.

“Jim’s proven track record leading manufacturing and technology initiatives for global companies complements the skill set of our current Board of Directors,” said John Bissell, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Origin Materials. “We believe Jim’s expertise will prove invaluable as we ramp up Origin 1 operations throughout the year and begin commercial production.”

“With an extensive background leading engineering and manufacturing operations, Jim will be a tremendous addition to our Board,” said Rich Riley, Co-CEO of Origin Materials. “We are thrilled to welcome Jim as we continue advancing toward commercial production to begin to meet our over $9 billion in customer demand.”

Mr. Stephanou brings over thirty years of experience in manufacturing operations and engineering, including his current role as CEO of IPS (Integrated Project Services), an engineering and construction services provider to the life sciences sector. Previously, he served as Vice President and Head of Engineering and Projects at Merck & Co., Inc., a position he held from 2015 to 2023. Prior to joining Merck, he held various leadership positions at Bayer Corp. for over a decade, including roles as Vice President of Engineering and General Manager, Vice President of Global Asset Management, Vice President and Plant Manager for Manufacturing and Technology, and Regional Director of Engineering and Maintenance. Mr. Stephanou joined Lyondell Basell Industries N.V. in 1988 and held a variety of supervisory positions with the company before being named Manager of Maintenance and Reliability in 2000. Mr. Stephanou holds a mechanical engineering degree from Drexel University.

“I am honored to join the Board of Directors of Origin Materials and look forward to helping to bring the company’s breakthrough technology to market,” said Mr. Stephanou. “I believe my work in manufacturing operations, engineering, and construction services will lend itself well to Origin’s efforts to construct and start up their new world-class manufacturing facilities.”

About Origin Materials

Headquartered in West Sacramento, Origin Materials is the world's leading carbon negative materials company. Origin’s mission is to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials. For over a decade, Origin has developed a platform for turning the carbon found in inexpensive, plentiful, non-food biomass such as sustainable wood residues into useful materials while capturing carbon in the process. Origin’s patented technology platform can help revolutionize the production of a wide range of end products, including clothing, textiles, plastics, packaging, car parts, tires, carpeting, toys, fuels, and more with a ~$1 trillion addressable market. In addition, Origin’s technology platform is expected to provide stable pricing largely decoupled from the petroleum supply chain, which is exposed to more volatility than supply chains based on sustainable wood residues. Origin’s patented drop-in core technology, economics and carbon impact are supported by a growing list of major global customers and investors.

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