Buckman consolidate in Africa and Asia7 April 2006
Buckman Laboratories have consolidated their operations in Africa and Asia. With the retirement of the managing director in South Africa, Waldie Jooste, officials in Memphis decided to centralise responsibility for Asia and Africa in the company's Singapore office under the leadership of Leigh Mann who has become general manager of Buckman Laboratories - Asia and Africa. Under this new plan, all sales managers of the two Buckman companies in Asia and Africa will report directly to Leigh Mann. To handle the day-to-day operations of each respective company, two new positions were created. R Ashok has been appointed general manager-operations of Buckman Laboratories Asia. Junai Maharaj was appointed general manager-operations of Buckman Laboratories South Africa. Ashok and Maharaj will report directly to Leigh Mann. Dave Wolfanger has accepted the position of director, technical services in the research and development department reporting to Jim Fitzhenry, vice president R&D. In this position he will be supervising the activities of Buckman's technical services laboratories. Wolfanger is a 1991 graduate of Pennsylvania State University where he earned a BS in biology and a minor in business. He joined Buckman Laboratories in August 1991 and worked as a district representative covering the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland until 1998. From 1999 - 2001, he assumed the position of product manager, Busperse product line in the corporate offices in Memphis. In 2001, he was promoted to regional sales manager for PT6 (PA, NJ, NY, MA, CT) and has been active in the field until 2006. On March 1, 2006, Buckman Laboratories promoted Tim Koonce to the position of plant manager at the company's manufacturing facility in Memphis, TN. In his new role, he will be responsible for the production, packaging, and maintenance activities in the Memphis plant. Koonce has been working in the manufacturing department at Buckman for seven years. Before his promotion he was production manager at the Memphis manufacturing site. Koonce has a BS in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN.