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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 14A

(Rule 14a-101)

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN PROXY STATEMENT

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No.         )  

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EASTMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY

(Name of Registrant as Specified In Its Charter)

         

(Name of Person(s) Filing Proxy Statement, if other than the Registrant)
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IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE

EASTMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY

ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS TO BE HELD VIRTUALLY VIA LIVE WEBCAST ON MAY 6, 2021

Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE STOCKHOLDERS MEETING?

The 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held virtually on May 6, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. (EDT) via live webcast at https://register.proxypush.com/emn. See “Information about Eastman, the Meeting, and Voting — Proxy Statement and Annual

Meeting” in the proxy statement for additional information.

WHAT IS BEING VOTED ON AT THE STOCKHOLDERS MEETING?

 

   

Elect directors: Humberto P. Alfonso, Vanessa L. Allen Sutherland, Brett D. Begemann, Mark J. Costa, Edward L. Doheny II, Julie F. Holder, Renée J. Hornbaker, Kim Ann Mink, James J. O’Brien, David W. Raisbeck, and Charles K. Stevens III.

 

   

Advisory approval of executive compensation as disclosed in the proxy statement.

 

   

Approve the 2021 Omnibus Stock Compensation Plan.

 

   

Ratify appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as independent registered public accounting firm.

 

   

Advisory vote on stockholder proposal requesting that the Board of Directors take steps necessary to permit stockholders to act by written consent.

 

   

Consideration of any other business that is properly brought before the meeting or any adjournment of the meeting.

WHAT DOES THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMEND?

The Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote FOR all of the director nominees, FOR advisory approval of the compensation of the executive officers as disclosed in the proxy statement, FOR approval of the 2021 Omnibus Stock Compensation Plan, FOR the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as independent registered public accounting firm, and AGAINST the advisory vote on the stockholder proposal requesting that the Board of Directors takes steps necessary to permit stockholders to act by written consent.

HOW CAN I GET A COMPLETE SET OF PROXY MATERIALS?

This is not a proxy card. If you wish to cast your vote on a traditional proxy card, you must request a paper copy of the proxy materials by following the instructions below.

This communication presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet or by mail. We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting.

The following proxy materials can be viewed at www.ViewMaterial.com/EMN:

 

   

2021 Proxy Statement

 

   

2020 Annual Report

If you want to receive a paper or e-mail copy of those documents, you must request one. There is no charge to you for requesting a copy. Please make your request for a copy as instructed below on or before April 22, 2021 to facilitate timely delivery.

You may request a paper or e-mail copy of the proxy materials by following the instructions below. You will be asked to provide the 11-digit control number located by the arrow in the box below.

 

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Call the toll-free telephone number, 1-800-516-1564, and follow the instructions provided, or

 

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Access the website www.SendMaterial.com and follow the instructions provided, or

 

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Send an e-mail to papercopy@SendMaterial.com with your control number (located by the arrow in the box below) in the Subject line. Unless you instruct otherwise, we will reply to your e-mail with links to the proxy materials in PDF format for this annual meeting only.

 

  

 

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   To vote your Eastman Chemical Company shares, you can attend the Annual Meeting of Stockholders virtually and vote in person, or you can:
   1.  

Go to www.ViewMaterial.com/EMN

   2.  

Click on the icon to vote your shares.

   3.   Enter the 11 digit control number (located by the arrow in the box above).
   4.   Follow the simple instructions to record your vote.
  

 

You are able to vote by Internet until 6:00 a.m. on May 6, 2021.


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EXPLANATION OF NOTICE REGARDING INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS

In accordance with federal securities laws, Eastman has elected to make its proxy materials relating to its 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders available on the Internet to stockholders receiving the accompanying notice (the “Notice”). The purpose of Internet availability of proxy materials is to promote the use of the Internet as a reliable and cost-effective means of making proxy materials available to stockholders. The Company expects that it may realize significant cost savings related to the printing and distribution of proxy materials to stockholders by the use of the Internet.

The purpose of the Notice is to provide you with important instructions for obtaining the Company’s proxy materials. The Notice is NOT a form for voting. We encourage you to review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting.

Although you have received the Notice and may access and review the proxy materials via the Internet, you may also elect to receive a paper or e-mail copy of the proxy materials. In order to receive a paper or e-mail copy of the proxy materials, you must specifically request a copy by following the instructions contained in the Notice.

If you choose to vote via the Internet, you must follow the instructions on the Notice regarding accessing the Company’s proxy materials via the Internet.

You may also attend the virtual Annual Meeting and vote electronically during the meeting if you attend the meeting virtually.

To attend the Annual Meeting virtually, you must register in advance, using your 11-digit control number and other information, at https://register.proxypush.com/emn prior to April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). Upon completing registration, stockholders will receive further instructions by e-mail, including links that will allow them to access the Annual Meeting, vote online, access the list of Eastman’s stockholders of record, and submit questions.


[FORM OF LETTER TO EMPLOYEE STOCKHOLDERS WHO HOLD SHARES THROUGH COMPANY PLANS]

Eastman Chemical Company

P.O. Box 431

Kingsport, Tennessee 37662-0431

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Clark L. Jordan

Vice President, Legal and Corporate Secretary

Phone: (423) 229-2334

FAX: (423) 224-9399

cjordan@eastman.com

March 19, 2021

 

Re:

2021 Annual Meeting Materials

Dear Fellow Eastman Employee and Stockholder:

Our 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held virtually on May 6 via live webcast, and it is important that your shares be represented. Again this year, all employees who own Eastman shares through the ESOP or Eastman Investment Plan will access the Notice and Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting and Eastman’s Annual Report to Stockholders electronically on the Internet. Making these materials available to you electronically rather than by sending printed material in the mail reduces the Company’s printing and postage expenses and reflects our continuing efforts to increase efficiency and reduce costs through the expanded use of technology.

To access the 2020 Annual Report and the Notice and Proxy Statement for the 2021 Annual Meeting, please go to www.ViewMaterial.com/EMN and click on the icon for each document. (If you like, you may use your Eastman employee account to access the Internet website and review the materials.) The business to be considered and voted upon at the Annual Meeting, and how to attend the Annual Meeting virtually, are explained in the Proxy Statement. Please review the Proxy Statement, and the Annual Report, before voting your shares. If you wish to receive a paper copy of the Annual Report and Proxy Statement, select “SendMaterial” and enter the 11-digit number in the box by the arrow on your proxy card.

It is important that your shares be represented and voted at the Annual Meeting. As explained on the enclosed proxy card, you can vote by proxy by Internet, by telephone, or by marking, signing, dating, and mailing your proxy card in the enclosed postage-paid envelope. Whether you choose to vote by computer, telephone, or proxy card, please vote as soon as possible. Your vote is important, regardless of the number of shares you own.

Thank you.

Yours very truly,

 

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Clark L. Jordan

Corporate Secretary