Leadership

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

Management Board

Gerold Keune, CEO

Gerold Keune, CEO

Gerold Keune has more than 20 years working experience with highly reputable German plant and machinery engineering companies including Lurgi, Noell and Gebr. Pfeiffer, the last 15 years of which were in Managing Director / Executive Board Member roles. He holds a Masters Degree (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University of Berlin.

Jürgen Luckas, CFO
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Tao Xing, Head of Customer Service Center Asia Pacific (APA)

Tao Xing, Head of CSC APA

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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

Hua Da

Mr. Hua has over 28 years of management experience within the AVIC Group. He has longstanding international experience in the areas of Business Development, Project Execution and Management. Mr. Hua holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as a Master of Business Administration from China University of Mining and Technology.