Ricky Magee is the Director of Rubber Carbon Black Technical Service and Quality Systems for rubber carbon black at Birla Carbon (Columbian Chemicals). In this role, he is responsible for interfacing with rubber carbon black customers to develop technical solutions to enhance product performance and to work with manufacturing sites to ensure world-class quality products. The Aditya Birla Group is the largest producer of carbon black in the world.
Magee’s career has focused on the management of analytical and material science laboratories. 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.
In 1984, the year he completed his M.S. in chemistry at Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, La., where he also earned a B.S. in chemistry, 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. He assumed his current role in 2010.
Magee is actively involved in ASTM where he is serving on the 2010 – 2012 Board of Directors. He is also the chair of Committee D24 on Carbon Black and Subcommittee D24.41 on Carbon Black Nomenclature and Terminology. 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.