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Origin Materials Announces Chief Financial Officer Transition

CFO Nate Whaley to remain at Origin through September 1 and hold advisory role through end of year to ensure a smooth transition to successor

Origin Materials, Inc. (“Origin,” “Origin Materials,” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: ORGN, ORGNW), the world’s leading carbon negative materials company with a mission to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials, today announced that Chief Financial Officer Nate Whaley will be departing the Company and the Company has initiated a formal search process for the selection of its new Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Whaley will remain at the Company until September 1, 2023, and will hold an advisory role with Origin through the end of the year to assist the Company with the search for and onboarding of his successor, ensuring sufficient time for a smooth and successful transition.

“I want to thank Nate for his contributions to Origin as the company has transformed from a privately held organization to a publicly listed company,” said John Bissell, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Origin Materials. “We anticipate a well-ordered transition over the next several months and look forward to announcing a new chief financial officer following the hiring process.”

“We wish Nate the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his accomplishments with Origin during a period of tremendous growth for the company,” said Rich Riley, Co-CEO of Origin Materials. “We appreciate his contributions and his full support as we onboard his successor.”

“I have been proud to serve as CFO of Origin through its successful go-public transaction, and to have helped build the team and processes that will enable Origin to begin to meet over $9 billion in customer demand,” said Nate Whaley. “With the company now on its way to commercial production, I believe Origin has a strong foundation for growth, including a great team and exciting long-term global opportunities. I am grateful to have supported Origin in its mission to decarbonize the world’s materials, and I am leaving knowing Origin is well positioned for the future.”

About Origin Materials

Headquartered in West Sacramento, Origin Materials is the world's leading carbon negative materials company. Origin’s mission is to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials. For over a decade, Origin has developed a platform for turning the carbon found in inexpensive, plentiful, non-food biomass such as sustainable wood residues into useful materials while capturing carbon in the process. Origin’s patented technology platform can help revolutionize the production of a wide range of end products, including clothing, textiles, plastics, packaging, car parts, tires, carpeting, toys, fuels, and more with a ~$1 trillion addressable market. In addition, Origin’s technology platform is expected to provide stable pricing largely decoupled from the petroleum supply chain, which is exposed to more volatility than supply chains based on sustainable wood residues. Origin’s patented drop-in core technology, economics and carbon impact are supported by a growing list of major global customers and investors.

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