Raver Out…Batesville Casket Gets New President

February 23, 2011
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imageHillenbrand, Inc. has named Joe A. Raver president of K-Tron International, Inc., and Kimberly K. Dennis as president of Batesville Services, Inc (Including Batesville Casket). Both appointments are expected to become effective April 4, 2011.

Raver Named President of K-Tron International

As president of K-Tron International, Joe Raver will be responsible for accelerating the organic growth of the K-Tron brands on a global scale. He will lead the development and implementation of the K-Tron growth strategy and will be a key figure in business development and acquisition integration. The president of the K-Tron Process Group, Kevin Bowen, and the president of the Size Reduction Group, Lukas Guenthardt, will report directly to Raver. To be closer to the fastest-growing K-Tron markets, Raver and his family will relocate to the Zurich, Switzerland area, the site of one of the company’s largest administration and manufacturing facilities.

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Raver has been senior vice president of Hillenbrand and president of Batesville Services, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Batesville Casket Company, since June 2008.

“During Joe’s 14 years with the company, he has excelled in a variety of senior executive assignments, most recently leading Batesville Casket Company into new business arenas,” said Kenneth A. Camp, Hillenbrand president and chief executive officer. “Joe’s exceptional leadership capabilities and his experience in strategy development will be of great value as K-Tron expands its presence in growing the global markets.”

Dennis Named President of Batesville Casket

As the new president of Batesville Services, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Batesville Casket Company, Kim Dennis will, in many ways, be “returning home” to lead the industry’s premier funeral service products company as it creates new products and services for its funeral home customers.

Dennis began her career with Batesville in 1989, holding positions of increasing leadership responsibility in finance, planning, operations, logistics and information technology. This broad experience base prepared her to become vice president of shared services and information technology at Hillenbrand Industries. Most recently, Kim was senior vice president of Hill-Rom Holdings and general manager of Hill-Rom’s post-acute care division.

“Kim’s varied executive assignments at Batesville and her outstanding success in leading a fast-growing segment of Hill-Rom’s business have helped prepare her for this very significant opportunity,” Camp said. “The Batesville organization knows her well and we are all very pleased to welcome her back into the Hillenbrand and Batesville family.”

Both Raver and Dennis will report directly to Camp.

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