Kissel Elected President of OM Group -- WITH PHOTO --

OM Group, Inc. (NYSE: OMP) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Edward W. "Bud" Kissel as president and chief operating officer of the company, effective June 1, 1999. He succeeds Eugene A. Bak, who is retiring at the end of June. (Photo: ) Kissel currently serves as a consultant to international companies, including OM Group Inc., specializing in strategic business issues and President of RotoCast Technologies, Inc., a specialty cast aluminum mold manufacturer. Prior to starting that firm in 1993, he was executive vice president and president of the Passenger and Light Truck Division of Continental-General Tire, Inc. From 1987 to 1990, he was vice president of manufacturing and engineering for Engelhard Corporation, Iselin, NJ, and previously spent 24 years at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Akron, OH, including service as director of operations for the Latin American Region. A graduate of Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, he also has a degree in Management Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. Bak's retirement follows 29 years of service to OMG and predecessor companies, including the last five as president and chief operating officer. "We are indeed pleased to have attracted an executive with the depth and experience of Bud Kissel as OM Group's president and chief operating officer," said James P. Mooney, chairman and chief executive officer of the company. "Gene Bak, was instrumental in the growth of a small, family-owned specialty chemicals business into a New York Stock Exchange-listed market leader, we are grateful for his many contributions," said Mooney. OMG's principal product lines include battery chemicals, cobalt and nickel salts, copper powders, electroless nickel, extra fine cobalt and tungsten powders, metal carboxylates, and plastic additives sold to diverse industries. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, OMG operates manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. It has approximately 1,000 employees worldwide. ots Original Text Service: OM Group, Inc. Internet: Contact: Kristine A. Stepnowski of OM Group, 216-781-0083 Photo: or NewsCom, 213-237-5431 Web site:

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