Kathy Buckman Gibson Named President and COO for Buckman International
Kathy Buckman Gibson
Jan. 31, 2014 - Buckman today announced that Kathy Buckman Gibson has been named President and Chief Operating Officer for Buckman International. In assuming her new position, Buckman Gibson will step away from her role as Chairman of the Board of Buckman, a position she has held since 2000.
Assuming the Chairman's role will be Buckman board member Otto Heissenberger, Jr.
Buckman Gibson first joined Buckman Laboratories International, Inc. in 1993 as Vice-President, Legal and Corporate Secretary. In assuming the Chairmanship of the parent company in 2000, she succeeded her father, Robert Buckman, as Chairman of the company her grandfather, Stanley J. Buckman, created in 1945.
Buckman Gibson holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA and JD from Emory University. Prior to joining Buckman, she worked as an analyst for Citicorp and at Smith, Gambrell & Russell as an associate in mergers & acquisitions.
Buckman Gibson replaces the recently retired Edson Peredo, a 40-year employee of Buckman, in the President of Buckman International position.
Heissenberger has been a Buckman board member since 2010 and has more than 30 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry. He retired in 2008 from Voith Paper, Inc. in Appleton, Wisconsin where he served as president and CEO of the company's North American business for six years.
Heissenberger has also served as a board member for the Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation in Syracuse, NY, from 1989 to 2007 and the Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry from 2004 to 2007.
Heissenberger becomes the first non-Buckman-family member to chair the Board. He holds a graduate engineering degree in mechanical engineering from Technical College in Graz, Austria, and has completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development.
“This combination of Kathy in the International President and COO position, and Otto serving as board Chairman creates a strong leadership, operation, strategic and experience combination that no other company in our industry can match,” said Steven B. Buckman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Buckman.
“Buckman is a company poised and prepared to grow into the next era of specialty chemical leadership and corporate sustainability, and this team will strategically and operationally lead the way.
In other organizational changes, Buckman announced the retirement of Robin Luck as Vice President of Global Marketing. Luck had been in the position since 2004.
Buckman is a privately held, global specialty chemical company with headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. To learn more, please visit: www.buckman.com.