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, COO APA (Asia Pacific)

Yizhen “Mario” Zhu, COO APA (Asia Pacific)

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.

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.

Martin Gierse, Head of Customer Service Center India

Martin Gierse, Head of CSC India

Martin became Head of our Customer Service Centre in India in 2008. Prior to that Martin worked for Lafarge in various roles for ten years. He started his career as a research and development engineer with STUDSVIK AB in Sweden in 1983 and has a degree in chemical engineering from the university of RWTH Aachen in Germany.

Christel Elliger, Head of Customer Service Center Russia/CIS

Christel Elliger, Head of CSC Russia/CIS

Christel is one of our longest serving employees and began her career with ZAB Dessau in September 1971. She has worked in a variety of roles in Dessau in commercial functions and latterly as head of accounting and controlling. She has been in charge of KHD’s operations in Dessau since 1997. Christel has a degree in economics from the University of Halle.

Supervisory board

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.

Helmut Meyer

Helmut Meyer obtained a degree in economics from the University of Hamburg. He has 22 years of experience serving as CFO for German based equipment manufacturers including AEG, Hamburg; STN Systemtechnik Nord GmbH, Bremen; and G. Siempelkamp GmbH & Co. KG, Krefeld, where he held positions as, both, the CFO and CEO. In 2003, Meyer was appointed CFO and Personnel Director for Deutz AG, Köln, a world-leading producer of the industrial diesel engines. He currently serves as a Management Consultant and Board Member for a number of small to medium sized companies.

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.

Luc Antoine Baehni

Luc Antoine Baehni is the CEO of Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman, a public-private transportation company located on Lake Geneva. Mr. Baehni previously held the position of General Manager with Holcim (Schweiz) AG in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. At Holcim, he was a member of the management board responsible for Sales and Logistics, and was Chairman of the Board for Railcem AG, who was, at that time, the largest European rail transporter of cement. Mr. Baehni has a scientific and technical background, with a Master of Science in Geology from the Polytechnic School of Zurich (ETHZ), and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Lausanne.

Michael Busch

Michael Busch has a degree in business administration. He has been a member of several supervisory boards for publically listed companies, including Sto AG, Kampa AG, and WashTec AG. He also held leading management positions at cement producer, Dyckerhoff AG, for over 12 years. Busch served as a member of the supervisory board for WashTec AG since 2003 and chairman of the supervisory board since 2007. He was delegated by the supervisory board to serve as CEO and sole board member, according to 105 II German Securities Act (Aktiengesetz), until a new management board spokesman is designated.

Seppo Kivimäki

Seppo Kivimäki has degrees, both, in engineering and business administration. Kivimäki has more than 20 years of global business experience in mining equipment, construction, agriculture and related services. He held numerous senior level management positions within the Sandvik Group in Finland, South Africa, Italy, Chile, Brazil, US and in the UK. He later went on to lead a London based consulting practice advising mainly European based multi-nationals in projects requiring ”breakthrough performance” at both team and individual levels. Kivimäki also founded a private consulting practice focusing on “leveraging attitude and behavior change for higher performance”.