Kimberly K. (Kim) Ryan has served as a director and President and CEO of Hillenbrand since December 2021. Prior to becoming CEO, Ms. Ryan was the Company’s Executive Vice President and named incoming CEO for a transition that began in June 2021.
Prior to that role, she served as SVP, Hillenbrand and President of the Company’s Coperion business from 2015-2021, also overseeing Hillenbrand’s Rotex business during part of that period.
She also served President of Batesville from 2011 to 2015, at which time she was also named a Senior Vice President of Hillenbrand. Ms. Ryan began her career with Batesville in 1989. She held positions of increasing responsibility within Batesville and the Company’s former parent, Hill-Rom, Inc. in finance, strategy, operations, logistics, information technology and commercial division leadership.
From 2014 to 2023, Ms. Ryan also served on the Board of Directors of Kimball International, Inc., a public manufacturing company, including as a member of the Audit Committee during her tenure. She also served one term as Board Chair from November 2018 to October 2021. She served on the Board of Directors of Conexus Indiana from December 2018 to July 2021 and was recently named to the Board of Directors of the National Manufacturers Association. She is involved in numerous not-for-profit organizations like the SE Indiana YMCA, Margaret Mary Hospital and C.R.E.A.T.E. Technology Foundation.
Robert (Bob) VanHimbergen has been Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Hillenbrand since April 2022. Prior to that, he was Hillenbrand’s Executive Vice President, Finance since March 2022. He joined the Company from Johnson Controls International plc (“Johnson Controls”), where he was most recently Vice President, Corporate Controller since December 2017.
He spent 15 years at Johnson Controls, serving in various roles of increasing responsibility, including as chief financial officer of Yangfeng Automotive Interiors in Shanghai, China. Prior to Johnson Controls, Mr. VanHimbergen spent nearly a decade at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP working with large multinational manufacturing companies.
Bob is active in non-for-profit organizations and currently serves as Chairman for the Ascension Southeast Wisconsin Board and Chairman for the Ascension Wisconsin Foundation. Bob is the 2023 campaign leader for the American Heart Association for Milwaukee, WI. He previous spent time on various other Milwaukee location non-for-profit boards and was named one of the Milwaukee Philanthropic 5 award winners in 2021.
Ulrich Bartel is Senior Vice President of Hillenbrand, a position he has held as well as being President of Coperion since 2021. He has also been the President of the Advanced Process Solutions (APS) segment since 2022. In this role, he oversees Coperion and Rotex. Before leading Coperion, Mr. Bartel had been President of Coperion’s Polymer Division and a member of Coperion’s Executive Board.
Prior to his role as Division President, Mr. Bartel held several positions within Coperion. From 2013 to 2020, he was Vice President of Compounding Machines. Before that, from 2009 to 2013, Mr. Bartel was President and CEO of a Coperion subsidiary in Ramsey, New Jersey, focused on sales and manufacturing, with responsibility for Coperion locations in Wytheville, Virginia and Houston, Texas. During his tenure at Coperion, Mr. Bartel completed several other international assignments, including in Singapore, Japan, and Nanjing, China, where he was responsible for the integration of Keya, a manufacturer of twin screw extruders, following its acquisition by Coperion. He began his career with Coperion in 1990 as a process engineer.
Tammi Morytko is Senior Vice President of Hillenbrand and has been the President of the Molding Technology Solutions (MTS) operating segment since September 2023. In this role, she oversees Milacron, Mold-Masters, and DME.
Tammi has more than two decades of leadership in regional and global business operations and driving supply chain improvements. She served most recently as President of the Pumps Division at Flowserve Corporation from 2020 to 2023. Prior to that role, she held finance, general management, and supply chain roles at Norsk Titanium from 2018 to 2020, Baker Hughes from 2010 to 2017, and Pratt & Whitney from 1996 to 2010. She began her career at Arthur Andersen LLP. She currently serves on the EnerSys Board of Directors.
Nicholas (Nick) Farrell is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Hillenbrand. Mr. Farrell began his career with the Company in 2011 and served in various roles in the Company’s Legal Department until being named General Counsel in 2015. He also served as the Company's Chief Compliance Officer from 2016 to 2023.
Prior to joining Hillenbrand, Mr. Farrell was in private practice for six years with global law firm Troutman Sanders.
Mr. Farrell is also Chair of the Board of Cure SMA, an international not-for-profit organization committed to developing a cure for spinal muscular atrophy, the number one genetic cause of death in infants.
J. Michael (Mike) Whitted has been Hillenbrand’s Senior Vice President Corporate Development since June 2018. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Whitted served as Vice President, Corporate Development for SPX Corporation and SPX Flow, Inc. from 2001 to 2015. Prior to that, he served as a Vice President for Bear Stearns from 1998 to 2001, where he led corporate finance and M&A advisory transactions.
Mr. Whitted’s experience prior to Bear Stearns included corporate finance and M&A advisory roles at CIBC World Markets, Bankers Trust, and First Chicago NBD.
Aneesha Arora has served as the Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer since January 2022. Ms. Arora brings two decades of strategic human resource experience, serving most recently as Vice President of Global HR Services for Honeywell International Inc. (“Honeywell”), a diversified technology and manufacturing company, from October 2019 through December 2021.
Prior to that, she served as Vice President, Global Human Resources and Communications Safety and Productivity Solutions for Honeywell from November 2016 to October 2019. Ms. Arora began her career at Honeywell in 2002, serving in various diverse and global human resources roles of increasing responsibility across multiple industry segments with a focus on talent to increase customer and shareholder value.
Leo Kulmaczewski has been Senior Vice President, Operations Center of Excellence and HOM since February 2021. Mr. Kulmaczewski brings more than 20 years of technical and manufacturing experience, serving most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations and Lean Enterprise of Belden Inc., a manufacturer of networking, connectivity, and cable products, from October 2018 through November 2020.
Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Operations, Global Supply Chain, and Danaher Business Systems at Leica Biosystems, a research, instrument, and medical device company that is a division of Danaher Corporation, from September 2016 through September 2018. During the time at Leica Biosystems, Mr. Kulmaczewski also served as Senior Director and Vice President of Operations and Site Leader, from May 2014 through September 2016. Mr. Kulmaczewski’s experience before Leica Biosystems included technical and manufacturing roles with generally increasing levels of responsibility at various other public and private manufacturing companies.
Bhavik Soni serves as the Company's Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. He held the role of Vice President, Chief Information Officer since May 2017, and was promoted to the Company’s Executive Management Team in May 2019. Mr. Soni joined the Company from Honda Aircraft Company, where he served as Chief Information Officer – IT & Engineering Systems Division from 2015 to 2017.
Prior to that, he served as Chief Information Officer for Artificial Lift, GE Oil & Gas at General Electric Company (“GE”) from 2013 to 2015, preceded by fifteen years in other information technology-related roles of increasing responsibility at GE. Mr. Soni’s experience prior to GE included software engineering roles at Rockwell Collins, Inc. and General Dynamics Corporation.
Carole Phillips was named Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer in January 2023. She joined Hillenbrand in September 2022.
Carole is responsible for driving strategy and initiatives related to Global Supply Management, including center-led procurement activities, and helping identify and achieve savings across the organization.
Prior to joining Hillenbrand, Carole served as the Vice President of Global Supply Management at Stanley Black & Decker, where she helped establish dedicated sourcing and procurement workstreams to support all due diligence and acquisitions and de-risk dependencies in key regions. Prior to joining Stanley Black & Decker, Ms. Phillips held various leadership positions at Eaton and Lionel LLC.
Tory Flynn was named Hillenbrand’s first Chief Sustainability Officer in March 2021. Flynn was most recently the VP of Corporate Communications at Athene, where she helped steer corporate responsibility.
She first joined Hillenbrand in 2015, where she led the implementation of the company’s global corporate responsibility strategy and served on the Milacron integration team. She was instrumental in taking the company through its ESG materiality assessment, which culminated in the signing of the United Nations Global Compact in 2019. In 2022, she was recognized as one of the top 50 Women in Sustainability by SustainabilityX Magazine.
She serves on the board of Indiana University’s Center for Rural Engagement, the Sustainability Board of Directors for the Plastics Association, and is on the National Advisory Council for Drake University's Jay N. Darling Institute.
Prior to joining Hillenbrand, she was the spokesperson and head of communications for the Indiana House of Representatives and served in a variety of government affairs roles in Washington, D.C.
Board of Directors
Ms. Cornell has served as a director of the Company since August 2011. She retired as the President and CEO (since December 2015) of the privately-owned Owensboro Grain Company (grain and soybean products), where she also served as Chair of the Board and Chair of the Executive Committee. She is also a director of the privately-owned Dot Family Holdings, LLC (formerly Dot Foods, Inc.) (a food distributor), where she is a member of the Compensation Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee. In October 2018, Ms. Cornell joined the Board of Trustees of Brescia University, where she is a member of the Finance Committee. In November 2010, Ms. Cornell retired as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gardner Denver, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of compressors, blowers, pumps, loading arms, and fuel systems for various industrial, medical, environmental, transportation, and process applications. During her 22-year tenure with Gardner Denver, Inc., Ms. Cornell served in various operating and financial roles, including Vice President and General Manager of the Fluid Transfer Division and Vice President of Strategic Planning. Until December 2016, Ms. Cornell served on the Board of Directors of Alamo Group, Inc. (agriculture and other equipment), where she was Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee.
Ms. Ryan has served as a director and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since December 2021. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Ryan was the Company’s Executive Vice President, beginning in June 2021. Prior to that role, she served as President of the Company’s Coperion business beginning in September 2015, also overseeing Hillenbrand’s Rotex business during part of that period. She previously served as President of Batesville beginning in April 2011, at which time she was also named a Senior Vice President of Hillenbrand. Ms. Ryan began her career with Batesville in 1989, holding positions of increasing responsibility within Batesville and the Company’s former parent in finance, strategy, operations, logistics, and information technology.
Since 2014, Ms. Ryan has also served on the Board of Directors of Kimball International, Inc., a public manufacturing company, including as a member of the Audit Committee. She also served as Board Chair from November 2018 to October 2021. She served on the Board of Directors of Conexus Indiana from December 2018 to July 2021.
Mr. Taylor has served as a director of the Company since September 2008. Since 2001, Mr. Taylor has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Taylor Group LLC, a private equity firm focused on creating and acquiring businesses. He has previously held positions as Senior Managing Director at Bear, Stearns & Co. and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets and head of its Global Automotive Group and Capital Goods Group. He also served as Managing Director of the Automotive Industry Group at Bankers Trust following a ten-year position in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Taylor has been a member of the Board of Directors of Ball Corporation (a diversified manufacturer) since 1999, where he currently serves as lead independent director (since April 2019) and Chair of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Wabash National Corporation, a provider of engineered solutions for the transportation, logistics and distribution industries, since August 2019, and serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. In addition, in October 2020, Mr. Taylor was appointed to the board of directors of Solenis LLC, a global producer of specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries, where he serves on the Compensation Committee. Mr. Taylor was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Essendant Inc. formerly known as United Stationers Inc., a wholesale distributor of business products, from 2011 until its sale to Staples Inc. in January 2019.
Mr. Novich has served as a director of the Company since February 2010. He is the former Chair and President and Chief Executive Officer of Ryerson, Inc., a global metals distributor and fabricator. Mr. Novich joined Ryerson in 1994 as Chief Operating Officer and was named President and CEO in 1995. He served on the Board of Ryerson from 1994 until 2007, adding Chair to his title in 1999. He remained Chair and CEO until 2007, when the company was sold. Prior to his time at Ryerson, Mr. Novich spent 13 years with Bain & Company, an international management consulting firm, where he spent several years as a partner. He currently serves on the Boards of Beacon Roofing Supply (a distributor of residential and non-residential roofing materials), where he chairs the Compensation Committee; and W.W. Grainger, Inc. (an industrial supply company), where he is a member of the Audit Committee and Board Affairs and Nominating Committee. He is also a member of the Cyber Security Ad Hoc Committee. Mr. Novich is also a trustee of the Field Museum of National History and life trustee of Children’s Home & Aid in Chicago and is a member of the Executive Council of American Securities, a private equity fund. Mr. Novich previously served on the Board of Directors of Analog Devices, Inc. from 2008 until 2020, where he was the Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Ms. Greenway has served as a director of the Company since February 2013. She is the former Executive Director of Global Business Solutions at General Motors (automobiles), a position she held from September 2018 until March 2020. Ms. Greenway joined General Motors in June 2014 as Chief Financial Officer of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, and in May 2017, she was named the Executive Director, Transformation, Global Business Services of General Motors. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President for Visteon Corporation (a Tier 1 automotive systems supplier), where she held a variety of positions from 2000 until 2013. Prior to joining Visteon, Ms. Greenway was employed as the Director, Manufacturing for United Technologies Corporation, a diversified aerospace and building company. Before United Technologies Corporation, Ms. Greenway was employed by GE Industrial Power Systems as a Materials Manager and served in various management positions at GE Aerospace/Martin Marietta. In October 2020, Ms. Greenway joined the Board of Directors of Electricfil Corporation, a privately owned company with headquarters in France, specializing in the design and manufacture of sensors and actuators for powertrain and transmissions, and served as senior advisor to the CEO from October 2020 until October 2021.
Mr. Collar has served as a director of the Company since May 2015. From January 2012 until his retirement in October 2021, he served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Asia Pacific and Africa (APA) region for AGCO Corporation (“AGCO”), a world leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of agricultural machinery and solutions. In connection with this role, he also served on the Board of Directors of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, an Indian tractor manufacturer and an investment of AGCO (from 2012–2021), and on the Global Board of Directors of AGCO Finance, Incorporated, a joint venture between AGCO and De Lage Landen Financial Services, which provides retail and wholesale financing services to AGCO customers globally (from 2016–2021). Previously he served as AGCO’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand from 2004 to December 2011. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Collar was Vice President of Market Development, Worldwide for the Challenger Division, after joining AGCO in 2002.
Mr. Collar previously held various senior management positions within several divisions at ZF Friedrichshaven A.G. between 1994 and 2002. These assignments included President and CEO of the company’s joint venture producing steering systems for the North American automotive market, and Vice President, Business Development for the automotive group. Prior to this, he was employed by Caterpillar Incorporated.
Mr. Hillenbrand has served as a director of the Company since May 2018. Mr. Hillenbrand is the Founder and Managing Partner of Clear Water Capital Partners, LLC, a private venture capital firm, a position he has held since 2010. Since 2002, he has also been the Managing Partner of Generations, L.P., an investment management company, as well as the Managing Partner of Legacy Company, a real estate investment company. Mr. Hillenbrand previously served as Chair of the Board (2004-2019) and President and Chief Executive Officer (2005-2007) of Nambé, LLC, a leading international high-end consumer products company, as well as Vice Chair of the Board of Pri Pak, Inc., a provider of name-brand and private label contract beverage manufacturing services, from 2009-2017. He also previously held various leadership roles at Able Manufacturing and Assembly, LLC, a manufacturing company with platforms in metal fabrication, fiberglass composites, and plastic thermoform manufacturing, including as Chair of the Board (2002-2021), President (2013-2014), and Chief Executive Officer (2002-2007 and 2013-2019).
Prior to that, Mr. Hillenbrand served in various roles with increasing leadership responsibility at Wealthsense, Inc., Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (the Company’s former parent), Abbott Laboratories, and Batesville Casket Company, Inc.
Ms. Rumsey has served as a director of the Company since August 2020. Ms. Rumsey is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Cummins, Inc. (“Cummins”), which designs, manufactures, and sells a portfolio of innovative products, including components, engines, power generation, and digital solutions. Prior to Ms. Rumsey’s election to this role in August 2022, she served as President and Chief Operating Officer from March 2021 through July 2022 and as Vice President and President, Components Business Segment from October 2019 until March 2021. Prior to that, Ms. Rumsey served as Vice President, Chief Technical Officer of Cummins, from October 2015 until October 2019. Since November 2000, Ms. Rumsey has held various technical roles in research, technology, and product development and other positions of increasing responsibility at Cummins.
Ms. Rumsey currently serves as a member of the Purdue College of Engineering Advisory Council (since October 2016). She previously served as a member of the United States Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Advisory Council (November 2019 until January 2021). Ms. Rumsey holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is Six Sigma certified.
Mr. Pullin has served as a director of the Company since May 2021. Mr. Pullin is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Virtua Health, a not-for-profit integrated health system in New Jersey. Prior to joining Virtua Health, Mr. Pullin served from 2009 to 2017 as President of MedStar Harbor Hospital and Senior Vice President of MedStar Health. Prior to leading MedStar Harbor, Mr. Pullin was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. from 2006 to 2009. Prior to this role, Mr. Pullin held other leadership positions in hospitals, academic medical centers, physician group practices, and private industry.
Mr. Pullin is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on the New Jersey Hospital Association Board of Trustees since 2019 and the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey Board of Directors since 2018.
Ms. Sawhney has served as a director of the Company since June 2021. Ms. Sawhney has been Group General Counsel and the Chief Compliance Officer of Infosys Ltd., a global leader in next-generation digital services since July 2017. Prior to joining Infosys, she worked from October 2011 to June 2017 as General Counsel of Wipro Limited, a large IT service company, and at The Chugh Firm, a private law firm, beginning in 1997 until October 2011, with her last position being as Managing Partner of the Silicon Valley office.
Ms. Sawhney also sits on the National Advisory Council of SABANA (South Asian Bar Association of North America), an organization of which she was President from 2008-2009.