Kathy Buckman Gibson
Following in the footsteps of her father, Robert Buckman, and grandfather, Stanley J. Buckman, who founded Buckman in 1945, Kathy joined Buckman in 1993 and worked her way up to serve as chairman of the board of the parent company, Bulab Holdings, Inc., as well as president and chief operating officer of Buckman International. In 2017, Kathy saw an opportunity to step down as chairman, become more engaged directly with customers, and fill a longstanding need for diverse suppliers. With the launch of KBG Technologies, she has created the only woman-owned, full-service specialty chemistry provider for pulp and paper.
Having served on the boards of important pulp and paper organizations, including TAPPI, Sloan Center for Paper Business Industry Studies and PIMA, Kathy has a deep understanding of the goals and challenges of the pulp and paper industry. She also knows that one’s professional commitment isn’t complete without considering the needs of the communities we live in. While at Buckman, she led BuckmanCares, an employee volunteer initiative that spans the globe.
Kathy is active in a variety of charitable organizations and community initiatives, with special emphasis on early childhood education and secondary education, and has served on the boards of many prominent organizations, including Girls Incorporated, United Way of the Mid-South, and The National Civil Rights Museum. She holds a JD and MBA from Emory University School of Law and is a graduate of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.
For more information about Kathy and KBG Technologies, view the Inside Memphis Business feature article here.