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

Management Board

Jouni Salo, CEO

Jouni Salo, CEO

Jouni Salo has more than 25 years of international business experience in the industrial equipment market. He joined KHD in 2008 and prior to that served in a variety of senior positions with Metso Minerals and related operations. Before joining KHD, he was President of the Construction Materials Division at Metso Minerals Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University in Hameenlinna, Finland.

Yizhen “Mario” Zhu, Executive Vice President

Yizhen “Mario” Zhu, Executive Vice President

Yizhen “Mario” Zhu has held a variety of senior management positions at AVIC and has been a strong driver in developing AVIC’s cement plant construction business. He holds both an MBA as well as an engineering degree and has longstanding experience in working abroad. Mr. Zhu is in charge of developing KHD`s global EPC business as well as KHD`s new Customer Service Center the Asia-Pacific region.

Ralph Quellmalz, CFO

Ralph Quellmalz, CFO

Mr. Quellmalz served as KHD's Global Head of Finance for several years and has a strong understanding of the cement industry, the current challenging market environment, the project business in emerging economies and of course KHD's business model. Before joining KHD in 2006,he served for one of the big four accounting firms. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Cologne, Germany.

Daniel Uttelbach, EVP Sales and Technology

Daniel Uttelbach, EVP Sales & Technology

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.

Regional Management

Rick Cusick, Head of Customer Service Center Americas

Rick Cusick, Head of CSC Americas

Rick has been in charge of KHD’s operations in the Americas since May 1, 2006. He joined KHD in 1989 as Chief Engineer and was Vice President of Engineering from 1994 to 2006. Beginning in 1979, he has over 28 continuous years of experience in Cement and related industries. Throughout his career, he has been involved in the sales, operations, engineering and management of a wide variety of domestic and international Cement and related industry operations and projects.

Yizhen “Mario” Zhu, Head of Customer Service Center Asia Pacific (APA)

Yizhen “Mario” Zhu, Head of CSC Asia Pacific (APA)

Mario Zhu joined KHD in April 2011 and in addition to heading KHD’s Customer Service Centre in Asia Pacific, Mr. Zhu is in charge of developing KHD’s global EPC business. Before joining KHD, Mr. Zhu held a variety of senior management positions at AVIC International Beijing Company Limited, where he was a strong driver in developing AVIC’s cement plant construction business. He holds both an MBA as well as an engineering degree and has longstanding experience in working abroad.

Christoffer Ribbing, Head of Customer Service Center India

Christoffer Ribbing, Head of CSC India

Christoffer Ribbing became the Head of CSC India on February 1st, 2014. With a degree in Economics from the University of Örebro, Sweden as well as extensive management training, Mr. Ribbing has over 25 years of experience in working with major construction and mining companies.  He has held leading positions in Japan, Chile, France, Germany, South Korea, Sweden and the USA.  In his most recent position, he was responsible for a Customer Service Center with over EUR 300 mio. turnover and 950 employees.


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

Kangning "Frank" Zou

Kangning "Frank" Zou is the president of AVIC INTERNATIONAL Beijing. He has 20 years of working experience in AVIC Group of China, successively holding positions as overseas representative, manager, and senior executive. He is well-experienced in the development of global electromechanical EPC business. Prior to joining AVIC INTL in 2009, Mr. Zou held several managerial positions at China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC). He earned a Master of Engineering from North Western Polytechnical University and an EMBA from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Eliza Suk Ching Yuen

Eliza Yuen is a certified public accountant practicing in Hong Kong. She is well-experienced in finance and accounting and most of her professional career has been in the public accounting sector. She was a partner at a large Hong Kong CPA firm as well as at Deloitte Touche & Tohmatsu in Hong Kong. She is also one of the founders of HLM & Co., a mid-size accounting firm in Hong Kong. Ms. Yuen also has extensive experience in initial public offerings, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and bond and debenture issues. Her clients include listed companies in Hong Kong and state-owned corporations in China. Ms. Yuen was born and educated in Hong Kong, and received her training there as well as in the United States.

Hubert Keusch

Hubert Keusch’s professional expertise is in the banking sector, chiefly in private banking and asset management. Mr. Keusch has held senior positions in Hong Kong with Credit Suisse, American Express, and LGT Bank in Liechtenstein. His assignment with LGT was to set up the bank’s first operation in Asia Pacific and to establish the LGT brand there. After LGT’s takeover of GT Management, a fund management group, Mr. Keusch was appointed Director of GT Management (Asia) in Hong Kong. In 1996 he founded ContiLink Services, Ltd. in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. The group manages assets of high net worth individuals and families in Asia.