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PolyOne Board Elects New Chief Legal Officer

December 5, 2001

CLEVELAND, Dec 5, 2001 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Board of Directors of
PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), the world's largest polymer services company,
today elected Wendy C. Shiba vice president, chief legal officer and secretary.
Shiba joined the Company in mid-November as general counsel, assuming leadership
of its law department and internal audit function.

Shiba becomes a member of the PolyOne Leadership Team, the council of senior
executives. She succeeds Gregory L. Rutman, who retired.

"I am delighted to welcome Wendy to PolyOne," said Thomas A. Waltermire,
chairman and chief executive officer. "We conducted a national search to fill
this vital position, and we selected Wendy because of her stellar academic,
professional and public service credentials. Wendy, a native Clevelander, is a
person of great achievement and character. She embodies the type of individual
we seek at PolyOne."

Shiba, 51, served most recently as vice president, secretary and assistant
general counsel of Bowater Incorporated, a global leader in newsprint,
headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina. Prior to joining Bowater in 1993,
she was corporate chair of the City of Philadelphia Law Department while on
sabbatical from her position as a tenured associate professor of law at Temple
University School of Law. Earlier, she specialized in corporate and securities
law in the Los Angeles and New York offices of O'Melveny & Myers.

A Westlake (Ohio) High School graduate, Shiba earned her bachelor's degree with
high honors from Michigan State University in 1973. She received her law degree
cum laude in 1979 from Temple University School of Law.

Active in community service, Shiba served by gubernatorial appointment on the
South Carolina Board of Accountancy. She also served on the boards of the Legal
Services Agency of Western Carolina, the Greenville Little Theater and the
Palmetto Society of the United Way of Greenville County, and was a member of the
United Way of Greenville County Campaign Cabinet, the Palmetto Society Women's
Leadership Council and the Greenville Professional Women's Forum.

About PolyOne

PolyOne Corporation, with revenues of approximately $3 billion, is an
international polymer services company with operations in thermoplastic
compounds, specialty resins, specialty polymer formulations, engineered films,
color and additive systems, elastomer compounding and thermoplastic resin
distribution. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, PolyOne has more than 8,000
employees at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia,
and joint ventures in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Information on the Company's products and services can be found at
www.polyone.com .

SOURCE PolyOne Corporation

CONTACT:          Media & Investor, PolyOne, Dennis Cocco, Chief Investor &
                  Communications Officer of PolyOne Corporation, +1-216-589-4018

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