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millwise | LEADERSHIP

Buckman's Junai Maharaj on
'The Art of the Possible'
Since taking the helm about a year ago, Junai Maharaj has brought a
new energy to the Memphis-based company. In this P360 exclusive, he
speaks about the 'customer-obsessed culture' driving Buckman 4.0.
JAN BOTTIGLIERI

Junai Maharaj, president and CEO of Buckman. "Our ability to make decisions is streamlined. I think that that agility needs to be leveraged to position us."

It takes a bit of scheduling to meet with
Junai Maharaj for a few hours at Buckman's
Memphis headquarters-but it's possible.
Now that he has served as president and CEO
for a full year, he's spending a bit more time
in the office.
"I spent a lot of time in the first several
months just traveling the world, meeting
with customers," he says. "When I took over
in May, I was in a weeklong meeting with
our 'Global Leadership' Workgroup, spent
four-and-a-half days in the office, then I got
on a plane and came back two months later.
"I wanted to visit our customers around the
world, and meet our associates, to hear about
everything. What are the needs, what are the
gaps, what are the opportunities, where are
our challenges? I absolutely love spending
time with our customers because that's where
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you get the real feedback on where we're doing
well and where we need to improve. It's so
easy to sit in an office and lose sight of the
reason for our existence: we exist because of
our customers," he says.
Maharaj first joined Buckman in 2002 as
a financial manager. By 2006, he was general manager of operations for the company's
South Africa operations. He was serving as
managing director of Buckman Europe,
Middle East, and Africa in 2017, when he
was tapped for the post of president/CEO. He
replaced Steven B. Buckman, who retired after
more than 16 years as leader of the company
founded by his uncle. This makes Maharaj the
first person outside of the Buckman family
to helm the company in its 73-year history.
He says the most rewarding thing about
those first few months of globetrotting was

how much feedback he was able to collect;
it's a tribute to Buckman's culture of open
communication. "We're known to be very
strong in the paper industry, but I had incredibly positive feedback from other industries
as well. We definitely have very committed
people around the world. Coming into this
position, I knew one-third of the Buckman
world. Now I have a deeper understanding."
'WIDE-OPEN, INNOVATIVE' CULTURE
Buckman is already known for its culture-"The Buckman Way"-and Maharaj
hopes to build upon that tradition. "We
have the systems, we have the people, and
we have the products, the chemistries," he
says. "What's happening in 2018 is technology-Industry 4.0 represents all sorts
of opportunities.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - March/April 2018

Setpoint
Over the Wire
The Importance of Safety Training
Data & Decision Making
RISI European CEO of the Year: DS Smith’s Miles Roberts
Buckman’s Junai Maharaj on ‘The Art of the Possible’
Fapajal Tissue: Old, New & Customer-Centric
Progroup Turns 25
PIMA, Paper360° Co-Host Executive Panel
Creating a Lignin Culture
Benefits of Drive-Through Design
Sustainability as Business Leverage
CIPTE Show Highlights Innovation and Sustainability
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Leadership in Maintenance: Where Do We Start?
As a New Reliability Engineer, Are you Confused About Your Role?
R&M Tips
Paper and Board Have Key Roles in the Future of Packaging
Global Paper and Paperboard Demand Growing Despite Declines in Graphic Paper
PPI Awards Showcase Industry Excellence
TAPPI News
ASPI News
Index of Advertisers
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - intro
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - ebelly1
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - cover1
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Setpoint
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Over the Wire
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 11
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - The Importance of Safety Training
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 13
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Data & Decision Making
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 31
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - RISI European CEO of the Year: DS Smith’s Miles Roberts
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 33
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 34
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 35
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Buckman’s Junai Maharaj on ‘The Art of the Possible’
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 37
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 38
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 39
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Fapajal Tissue: Old, New & Customer-Centric
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 41
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 42
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 43
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Progroup Turns 25
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 45
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 46
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 47
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - PIMA, Paper360° Co-Host Executive Panel
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 49
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Creating a Lignin Culture
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 51
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 52
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 53
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Benefits of Drive-Through Design
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 55
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Sustainability as Business Leverage
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 57
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - CIPTE Show Highlights Innovation and Sustainability
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 59
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - TAPPI Journal Summaries
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 61
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 62
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 63
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 64
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Leadership in Maintenance: Where Do We Start?
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - As a New Reliability Engineer, Are you Confused About Your Role?
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - R&M Tips
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Paper and Board Have Key Roles in the Future of Packaging
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 69
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Global Paper and Paperboard Demand Growing Despite Declines in Graphic Paper
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 71
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - PPI Awards Showcase Industry Excellence
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 73
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 74
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 75
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 76
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 77
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 78
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - TAPPI News
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 80
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - ASPI News
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Index of Advertisers
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - cover3
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