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Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) October 28, 2019

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Item 5.02.    Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On October 28, 2019, the Board of Directors of Albemarle Corporation (the “Company”) acted to appoint a new Principal Accounting Officer effective as of the day after the Company files its Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2019 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Effective Date”). On the Effective Date, Donald J. LaBauve Jr., Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of the Company, will become the Chief Financial Officer of the Company’s Lithium Global Business Unit (“GBU”). As a result of his new position and duties, Mr. LaBauve will no longer serve as the Company’s Principal Accounting Officer.

In connection with Mr. LaBauve’s transfer, the Board of Directors has appointed John Barichivich as the Company’s new Principal Accounting Officer effective immediately upon Mr. LaBauve’s transfer. Mr. Barichivich, age 52, has worked for the Company for over 12 years holding various staff and leadership positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Mr. Barichivich has been serving as CFO VP Finance, Purchasing, and S&OP Catalysts GBU since February 2019. Between January 2016 and February 2019, Mr. Barichivich acted as Vice President - Finance, Bromine Specialties GBU, and he previously served as VP of Finance, Catalysts GBU from September 2012 until December 2015.

There are no family relationships, as defined in Item 401 of Regulation S-K, between Mr. Barichivich and any of the Company's executive officers or directors or persons nominated or chosen to become a director or executive officer. There are no transactions in which Mr. Barichivich has an interest requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: October 30, 2019
/s/ Karen G. Narwold
Karen G. Narwold
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel