Senior management changes at Buckman

United States
Published:  29 January, 2014
Kathy Buckman Gibson

Specialty leather chemical maker, Buckman announced on January 28 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.

In the position of President and Chief Operating Officer for Buckman International, Buckman Gibson’s focus will be on growing operational results, customer relationships and international reputation of Buckman as a global leader in the specialty chemical industry including leather chemicals. She and her team will track industry trends and opportunities for Buckman customers that affect the company’s business and the overall growth in the markets it serves.

Otto Heissenberger, Jr, a Buckman board member since 2010, will assume the position of Chairman of the Board. Heissenberger has more than 30 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry. He retired in 2008 from Voith Paper, Inc. in Appleton, WI, where he served as president and CEO of the company's North American business for six years.

Otto Heissenberger Jr

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.

In other 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. Buckman works proactively and collaboratively with worldwide customers in pulp and paper, leather, and water treatment to deliver exceptional service and innovative specialty chemical solutions.