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Corporate Management

Safety Leadership

The HIMA Management Team

Steffen Philipp leads the family enterprise HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH in its fourth generation. Together with Chief Executive Officer Sankar Ramakrishnan he forms the management team of the HIMA family.

Managing Partner

Steffen Philipp

HIMA Paul Hildebrand GmbH has been owned by the same family since the company was founded in 1908. Steffen Philipp heads the enterprise in its fourth generation. In its development from a small marine engineering firm in imperial Mannheim to the global quality leader for safety solutions in a networked world, HIMA stands for digitization and internationalization, as well as for economic and technological independence.

With an openness to the new and a knack for solid economic action, Steffen Philipp, art and jazz enthusiast, banker, and economist transformed HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH into the world's leading enterprise for safety technology. And today, he charts the company's strategic course into the digital age.


Sankar Ramakrishnan

Sankar Ramakrishnan has been CEO of the HIMA Group since 2013. An experienced expert in the industrial sector, he places people at the center of the enterprise culture – not in spite of HIMA's status as a leading technology enterprise, but because of it. Sankar is convinced that technological innovation and global customer centricity can only be achieved through employees who constantly deal with changes constructively and perceive ongoing transformation as opportunity.

To continue to drive HIMA's development and take the company to a new level of internationalization during this continuous process, Ramakrishnan purposefully adopts solution-oriented and unconventional ways of thinking. He can draw upon his international experience and intercultural competence in order to realize this strategy. This enables Ramakrishnan, who considers himself a conductor, coach, networker, and motivator, to successfully inspire HIMA employees in all continents and consistently breathe new life into the Smart Safety concept.


Tobias Hoche

Tobias Hoche has been HIMA Group’s CFO since September 2018. His appointment was a logical step. With a degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Laws, Hoche has made a name for himself as an excellent auditor over the course of his career. He has also achieved success in senior management and finance roles at various international, medium-sized technology companies in the process industry and other sectors. Now he is devoting his experience to the safety of that very industry and the entire range of sectors that HIMA serves.

Hoche is characterized by his forward-thinking mindset, his willingness to advance, and his firm belief in equal and open cooperation. As well as being a chess player and American football fan, Hoche is passionate about strategic business planning and smart technology – and he inspires this enthusiasm in his coworkers, too. Hoche’s mission is to make intelligent use of technological transformation and to use this foundation to drive HIMA’s development and profits in the long term.

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