PolyOne has named COO Robert Patterson as its next president and CEO, effective 15 May. Patterson succeeds Stephen Newlin, who will retire as president and CEO and remain executive chairman. Patterson, who currently also serves as executive v.p., has been nominated for election to PolyOne’s board in conjunction with the promotion. Newlin has served as CEO of PolyOne for more than eight years. Patterson joined PolyOne in 2008 as senior v.p. and CFO. In 2012, he was promoted to his current positions, as executive v.p. and COO.