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Buckman announces new CEO, board leadership

Jan. 25, 2017 - After leading Buckman’s nine global operating companies for more than 16 years, Steven B. Buckman, president/CEO, will retire April 28. Junai Maharaj, currently managing director of Buckman Europe, Middle East and Africa, will take over the position.


January 25, 2017
By P&PC Staff

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In addition, Kathy Buckman Gibson, Buckman International’s president and COO, will become chairman of the board of directors beginning April 28. Otto Heissenberger Jr. will retire as chairman and plans to continue to serve as a board member.
 
“Steve Buckman has dedicated more than 42 years of his life to this company and I can confidently say that Buckman would not be what it is today without his vision, leadership and unwavering commitment to its high standards and values,” said Heissenberger, current chairman of the board. “Steve has transformed Buckman into a successful global specialty chemical company that focuses on sustainable success through teamwork and values honest and ethical long-term relationships with its customers. I know I speak for everyone at Buckman when I say that Steve will truly be missed.”
 
Steve began his career with Buckman in 1974 as an export analyst. In 1987, he became president and COO of Buckman International and in 1996, assumed the role of chairman of the board, CEO and COO. Under his leadership, Buckman’s global sales doubled and the company received two Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards from the EPA.
 
Buckman is a privately held, global specialty chemical company with headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., serving customers in pulp and paper, leather and water treatment industries.