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Neo Announces New Chief Financial Officer

TORONTO, Canada, May 26, 2023 – Neo Performance Materials Inc. (“Neo” or the “Company“) (TSX: NEO) announced today the appointment of Jonathan Baksh as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, to be effective June 19, 2023.

Neo’s Chair Claire Kennedy said, “Following a rigorous search process, it is my pleasure to welcome Jonathan to Neo. He joins the management team with a proven, superior track record as a finance executive in capital-intensive industries that create value in a volatile, global supply chain environment. He is a consequential executive that drove working capital improvements and oversaw growth. This positions him as an excellent complement to Neo’s management, as they execute the magnetics growth strategy.” In his role as CFO and EVP, Mr. Jonathan Baksh will lead Neo’s global finance functions, such as accounting, tax, internal audit, controllership, financial planning, and treasury. He will be based at Neo’s Toronto headquarters.

Mr. Jonathan Baksh’s experience spans from being the financial steward of value-added manufacturing in the critical supply chains of semi-conductors to overseeing as Divisional CFO of a multi-billion dollar global business unit in the Electronic Manufacturing Services industry at Celestica’s Advanced Technology Solutions (ATS). Earlier in his career, he delivered deployments of innovative finance operating and quoting standardization systems across multiple manufacturing businesses. He launched his career at General Electric’s premier Internal Audit leadership program, and eventually won the Annual Chairman’s Circle Award – the highest honor for outstanding performance. He holds both the Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Management Accountant designations.

Rahim Suleman, Neo’s President and Interim CFO who will assume the position of CEO and President on July 7, 2023, when Constantine Karayannopoulos retires from the Company, said, “I want to welcome Jonathan to the senior executive team at Neo. His experience at Celestica and General Electric, in businesses serving highly-regulated manufacturing customer constituencies and of large capital projects, is critical for Neo’s successful execution of our short-term value creation and long-term growth strategies.”

Jonathan Baksh said, “Over the past three decades, Neo has built a highly differentiated position in rapidly growing markets of energy transition and clean technologies. This places the business at the forefront of some of the most interesting opportunities created from global supply chain transformations. I am thrilled to be joining the Neo team and to be building on that success.”

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About Neo Performance Materials 

Neo manufactures the building blocks of many modern technologies that enhance efficiency and sustainability. Neo’s advanced industrial materials – magnetic powders and magnets, specialty chemicals, metals, and alloys – are critical to the performance of many everyday products and emerging technologies. Neo’s products help to deliver the technologies of tomorrow to consumers today. The business of Neo is organized along three segments: Magnequench, Chemicals & Oxides and Rare Metals. Neo is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; with corporate offices in Greenwood Village, Colorado, United States; Singapore; and Beijing, China. Neo has a global platform that includes 9 manufacturing facilities located in China, the United States, Germany, Canada, Estonia, and Thailand, as well as one dedicated research and development centre in Singapore. For more information, please visit

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