KHD’s executive team has the ability and experience to deliver outstanding corporate performance.

Management Board

Yizhen Zhu, CEO

Yizhen Zhu, CEO

Mr. Zhu has more than 13 years of experience in managing positions in the AVIC group. He has been leading the cement business division of AVIC Intl Beijing since 2005. In 2011, Mr. Zhu was appointed to the management board of KHD as Executive Vice President, a position he served until 2017. Within this position, he acquired profound knowledge of KHD’s internal processes and operations, which allowed him to strengthen the collaboration between AVIC and KHD. Mr. Zhu holds a degree in Engineering from the Beihang University (formerly known as the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics) as well as an MBA from Peking University.

Jürgen Luckas, CFO

Jürgen Luckas, CFO

Mr. Luckas has worked for KHD as Vice President of the Program Management Office (PMO), Vice President Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), and as Vice President Global Internal Audit (GIA). He has a strong understanding of KHD’s processes, the project business and, of course, KHD’s business model. Before joining KHD in 2006, he worked as Senior Manager for one of the big four accounting firms. He holds a degree in economics from the Saarland University of Saarbrücken, Germany.

Dian Xie, Executive Vice President

Dian Xie, Executive Vice President

Mr. Xie has more than 30 years of experience in international management positions within AVIC group. He has special expertise in business development, regional sales, project execution and management. Before joining KHD, he worked as Vice President responsible for development and sales of AVIC’s cement plant business. Mr. Xie holds a degree in automation from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China.

Tao Xing, Executive Vice President

Tao Xing, Executive Vice President

Tao Xing is the Senior Advisor of AVIC International Beijing. He has more than 30 years working experience in the cement industry. Prior to joining AVIC INTERNATIONAL, Mr. Xing held several managerial positions at Sinoma International Engineering and Nanjing Cement Industry Design and Research Institute. Mr. Xing received his Master of Mechanical Engineering from Southeast University. 

Regional Management

Ashok Dembla, Head of Customer Service Center India

Ashok Dembla, Head of CSC India

Ashok Dembla has over 34 years of experience in the cement industry.  He has held senior management positions at Cimmco Birla Limited, Gebr Pfeiffer India, Jaypee Cement and the Beumer Group in India. At Jaypee Cement he was responsible for its growth from 7 million tons to 32 million tons of capacity as Head of Projects. Mr. Dembla was instrumental in building KHD’s Indian organization from 5 employees in 2001 to its current size over 280 employees and a market-leading position. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering  from Punjab University, Chandigarh as well as a Diploma from the All India Management Association.

Daniel Uttelbach, Managing Director for EMEA and APA

Daniel Uttelbach, Managing Director for EMEA and APA

As Managing Director of Humboldt Wedag GmbH, Daniel is leading all sales activities in Europe, Middle East and Africa (region EMEA) as well as in Asia Pacific (region APA). Mr. Uttelbach has been with KHD since 2004. He was previously the Vice President Sales & Technology and has longstanding experience in leading KHD’s global sales activities, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the global cement industry and customer needs. He holds a Master’s Degree (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University of Dortmund.

Wolfgang Pajonke, Head of Customer Service Center Russia/CIS

Wolfgang Pajonke, Head of CSC Russia/CIS

Wolfgang holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and has over 30 years of experience in the cement industry, with a strong focus on the markets of the former Soviet Union.   He is also a longstanding member of the management board of ZAB GmbH in Dessau.

Supervisory Board

Shaohua Jin

Mr. Shaohua Jin works as Vice President of the International Business Division of AVIC International Holding Corporation. He has a Master’s degree from East China University of Science and Technology. Mr. Jin has more than 30 years of international experience in various management functions within the AVIC Group. As Chairman of KHD’s Supervisory Board, he, in particular, contributes his rich experience regarding supervising and consulting top management that Mr. Jin gained in various Board functions.

Gerhard Beinhauer

Gerhard Beinhauer is an entrepreneur who runs his own investment company. His experience in stake-holdings of technology-driven companies spans more than 20 years. Providing strategic counsel to family offices, boards and entrepreneurs, he developed his expertise in designing and implementing business strategies and managing turnaround and interim processes. He serves on the supervisory/advisory boards of several companies in Germany, Switzerland, and Canada. Gerhard Beinhauer holds an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Yiqiong Zhang

Yiqiong Zhang is currently the Chief Financial Officer of AVIC International Beijing Company Limited (“AVIC INTL Beijing”). Ms. Zhang has long standing experience in various aspects of accounting and financial work, having worked for the AVIC Group for more than 30 years. She received her Executive Master of Business Administration from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.