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Jan 30, 201401:26 PMThe Tip Sheet

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Kathy Buckman Gibson Named President and COO for Buckman International

Jan 30, 2014 - 01:26 PM
Kathy Buckman Gibson Named President and COO for Buckman International

As President and COO, 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. Heissenberger is 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 her new role, Buckman Gibson will focus will be on growing operational results, customer relationships and international reputation of Buckman as a global leader in the specialty chemical industry. Included in her area of focus is the implementation and execution of the global business’s strategic plan and the implementation of effective policies and procedures that move the company forward. She and her team will track trends in the industry and opportunities for Buckman customers that affect the company’s business and the overall growth in the markets it serves.

She 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.

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