Robert M. Patterson is president and Chief Executive Officer of PolyOne Corporation, the
world’s premier provider of specialty polymer materials, services and solutions.
Mr. Patterson joined PolyOne in 2008 as senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer,
where he was responsible for global treasury, planning, M&A, accounting and internal audit
functions, as well as investor relations. He also directly oversaw PolyOne’s growth initiatives in
Asia. In 2012, he was promoted to executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer where
he had primary responsibility for developing and executing the annual operating plans and
strategic plans to drive growth in revenue, gross margin and operating income.
Before joining PolyOne, Mr. Patterson served as vice president and treasurer of Novelis, Inc., an Atlanta-based international manufacturer of aluminum-rolled products. His previous position at Novelis was vice president, controller and chief accounting officer.
Mr. Patterson also held a series of financial positions of increasing responsibility with Charlotte, North Carolina-based SPX Corporation, culminating in his appointment as vice president and segment chief financial officer for the Thermal and Flow Technology segments. Mr. Patterson began his professional career at Arthur Andersen LLP.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan. Mr. Patterson serves on the Board of the Great Lakes Science Center, the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Alumni Board of Governors, and the St. Martin de Porres High School Corporate Work Study Board.