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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.