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PQ Group Holdings Names Industrial Veteran Belgacem Chariag Chief Executive Officer


Jim Gentilcore to Become Executive Chairman of the Board

PQ Group Holdings Inc. (NYSE:PQG) ("PQ" or the "Company"), a leading,
integrated global provider of specialty catalysts, materials, chemicals
and services, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed
Belgacem Chariag, 55, as President and Chief Executive Officer,
effective immediately. He will also become a member of PQ's Board of
Directors. Mr. Chariag succeeds Jim Gentilcore, 66, following Mr.
Gentilcore's successful tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer
during which he led the Company's initial public offering. Mr.
Gentilcore will remain on PQ's Board as Executive Chairman.

Mr. Chariag has led a distinguished career marked by nearly three
decades of experience in the industrial sector. He most recently served
as Chief Global Operations Officer at Baker Hughes, a GE Company, after
Baker Hughes' merger with GE Oil & Gas, until January 2018. Prior to
that, Mr. Chariag served as President, Global Products and Services for
Baker Hughes. He also previously served as President of Baker Hughes
Eastern Hemisphere Operations after initially joining the company as
Vice President.

"We are honored and proud to have attracted an executive of Belgacem's
caliber to lead PQ. He is a rare talent with proven expertise driving
innovation, growth, and strong financial performance at market-leading
global industrial technology companies," said Greg Brenneman, member of
the Board of Directors of PQ. "As a member of the board of Baker Hughes
and, now, Baker Hughes GE, I've witnessed firsthand Belgacem's business
acumen and leadership abilities. He is taking the reins from an
outstanding CEO in Jim, who we are pleased will serve as Executive
Chairman to assist with Belgacem's transition into the Company. We are
confident that Belgacem is the right successor to continue executing our
strategic plans."

"I'm thrilled to have been appointed PQ's next CEO and look forward to
working with the Company's management team and talented employees to
continue innovating and capturing growth from multiple drivers," said
Mr. Chariag. "Since its inception, PQ has been at the forefront of
customer-centric innovation, and I am excited to join an organization
with such a strong foundation that makes it well-positioned for the

Mr. Gentilcore said, "The last few years have been an exciting time at
PQ, as we successfully launched our new innovation process, built our
diverse global talent base, and took the Company public. Belgacem is a
talented leader with a track record of driving operational excellence,
and I look forward to working with him as we write the next chapter in
our Company's rich history and aim to deliver on our commitments to our
customers, shareholders, employees and communities."

Prior to joining Baker Hughes in 2009, Mr. Chariag held a variety of
leadership and management roles for Schlumberger, including serving as
Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment, and Security. He earned a
Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from the University
of Texas and a Master of Business Administration degree in global energy
from the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business.


PQ Group Holdings Inc. is an integrated, global provider of specialty
catalysts, materials, chemicals and services. Our environmental
catalysts and services business is a leading global innovator and
producer of catalysts for the refinery, emissions control, and
petrochemical industries and is also a leading provider of catalyst
recycling services to the North American refining industry. Our
performance materials and chemicals business is a silicates and
specialty materials producer with leading supply positions for the
majority of our products sold in North America, Europe, South America,
Australia and Asia (excluding China), serving diverse and growing end
uses such as personal and industrial cleaning products, fuel efficient
tires, surface coatings, and food and beverage products.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements.
Such statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other
factors which could cause actual results to differ materially.

Investors contact:
Nahla A. Azmy
(610) 651-4561

Media contact:
Andrew Cole/Brooke Gordon/Hayley Cook

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