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News Release

Dec 3, 2018
Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.

Announcement of Personnel Assignment of CQO and
Organizational Structure Change

Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Hisashi Maruyama; hereinafter "Hitachi Chemical") announced the following personnel assignments as well as organizational structure change.

1. Personnel Assignment of CQO [As of December 1, 2018]
   Executive Officer     Takuya Hirano
       New job title:        General Manager, Quality Assurance Headquarters, and CQO*
       Previous job title: Deputy General Manager, Automotive Components Business
       *Chief Quality Officer

2. Organizational Structure Change [As of December 1, 2018]
   Hitachi Chemical appoints a CQO under the direct supervision of the company
   president and sets up a new Quality Assurance Headquarters under the supervision
   of the CQO.