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r-c-buchananRobert C. Buchanan  (1940-)

2005 Paper Industry International Hall of Fame Inductee

Non-Executive Chairman
Fox River Paper Company
Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Bob Buchanan was born May 13, 1940, in Appleton, Wisconsin.  A 1962 graduate of Lawrence College of Appleton, he also attended Dartmouth College earning his master of business administration in 1967.

Mr. Buchanan joined Fox River Paper Co. as assistant to the president in 1967.  Gaining experience in the paper industry as he moved from mill superintendent to company president in 1974, he immersed himself in all aspects of the business, guiding marketing and sales strategies and running the mill in Appleton.

Fox River Paper’s position as a manufacturer of premium paper products was enhanced through Mr. Buchanan’s approach to internal expansion and product positioning.  Beginning in 1989 he undertook a program of investment in technology and the purchase of existing mills.  Fox River Paper has grown from $6 million in revenue to more than $200 million and is among the market leaders in the premium writing, text, and cover papers market.

Mr. Buchanan’s management style and his focus on the importance of employer/employee relations have been significant factors in the growth of Fox River Paper.

In its October, 2000 issue of Papermaker, PIMA (Paper Industry Management Association) named Buchanan Executive of the Year. PIMA observed that a small paper company can prosper in a land of ever-consolidating giants.

Mr. Buchanan and his wife of 44 years, Bonnie, have two sons, Gus and Philip, and one daughter, Emily.

Bob Buchanan was born May 13, 1940, in Appleton, Wisconsin. A 1962 graduate of Lawrence College of Appleton, he also attended Dartmouth College earning his master of business administration in 1967.

Mr. Buchanan joined Fox River Paper Co. as assistant to the president in 1967. Gaining experience in the paper industry as he moved from mill superintendent to company president in 1974, he immersed himself in all aspects of the business, guiding marketing and sales strategies and running the mill in Appleton.

Fox River Paper’s position as a manufacturer of premium paper products was enhanced through Mr. Buchanan’s approach to internal expansion and product positioning. Beginning in 1989 he undertook a program of investment in technology and the purchase of existing mills. Fox River Paper has grown from $6 million in revenue to more than $200 million and is among the market leaders in the premium writing, text, and cover papers market.

Mr. Buchanan’s management style and his focus on the importance of employer/employee relations have been significant factors in the growth of Fox River Paper.

In its October, 2000 issue of Papermaker, PIMA (Paper Industry Management Association) named Buchanan Executive of the Year. PIMA observed that a small paper company can prosper in a land of ever-consolidating giants.

Mr. Buchanan and his wife of 44 years, Bonnie, have two sons, Gus and Philip, and one daughter, Emily.

Bob Buchanan was born May 13, 1940, in Appleton, Wisconsin. A 1962 graduate of Lawrence College of Appleton, he also attended Dartmouth College earning his master of business administration in 1967.

Mr. Buchanan joined Fox River Paper Co. as assistant to the president in 1967. Gaining experience in the paper industry as he moved from mill superintendent to company president in 1974, he immersed himself in all aspects of the business, guiding marketing and sales strategies and running the mill in Appleton.

Fox River Paper’s position as a manufacturer of premium paper products was enhanced through Mr. Buchanan’s approach to internal expansion and product positioning. Beginning in 1989 he undertook a program of investment in technology and the purchase of existing mills. Fox River Paper has grown from $6 million in revenue to more than $200 million and is among the market leaders in the premium writing, text, and cover papers market.

Mr. Buchanan’s management style and his focus on the importance of employer/employee relations have been significant factors in the growth of Fox River Paper.

In its October, 2000 issue of Papermaker, PIMA (Paper Industry Management Association) named Buchanan Executive of the Year. PIMA observed that a small paper company can prosper in a land of ever-consolidating giants.

Mr. Buchanan and his wife of 44 years, Bonnie, have two sons, Gus and Philip, and one daughter, Emily.


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