Ricky Magee is the Director of Global Quality at Birla Carbon. In this role, he is responsible for developing quality solutions to ensure world-class products and operational excellence at sixteen global manufacturing sites. The Aditya Birla Group is the largest producer of carbon black in the world.
Magee’s early career focused on the management of analytical and material science laboratories, and he spent more than 25 years in Columbian’s global technology laboratory, which provides material science, analytical and applications information in support of product development, quality assurance and technical service for rubber and industrial carbon blacks. Over the last decade, he has transitioned to more customer focused roles, most recently leading global quality and world class manufacturing efforts for both rubber carbon black and special black product lines.
In 1984, the year he completed his M.S. in chemistry at Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, La., Magee became a chemist at Columbian Chemicals Co. in the firm’s research and development center. He was promoted to laboratory manager of Columbian’s colloidal and oil laboratories in 1998, was named director of analytical services with responsibility for supporting technical services, research and development, and quality assurance activities in 2000, and became director of Columbian’s global technology laboratory in 2008. In 2010, he took his first role with the rubber carbon black commercial team, specializing in technical services and sales. He assumed his current role in 2018.
Magee is actively involved in ASTM where he served on the 2010 – 2012 Board of Directors. He is a past chairman of Committee D24 on Carbon Black and current chairman of Subcommittees D24.41 on Nomenclature and Terminology and D24.67 on Sustainability. For his work in several D24 groups, Magee received the Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow in 2008, and in 2000, Committee D24 honored him with a Distinguished Service Award.