Up The Ladder | July 2015
Walter Kiechl appointed COO of USTER in China
The new head of Uster Technologies in China is Walter Kiechl, previously Managing Director of Jossi Systems AG and USTER´s Fiber Cleaning segment. He took up his new post as Chief Operating Officer for China on May 1, 2015, as a member of the Executive Management Team of Uster Technologies, reporting directly to CEO Dr Geoffrey Scott.
Kiechl was MD of the former Jossi Systems when it was acquired by Uster Technologies AG in 2013, and subsequently took charge of the USTER Fiber Cleaning activity which incorporated the Jossi equipment range. Walter Kiechl is regarded as the ideal leader for USTER´s Chinese operations, with his strong engineering and business management background and wide-ranging experience. His responsibilities will include finalizing the integration of Jossi into USTER China, as well as continuing to foster USTER´s success in this market generally. The remit will also take in local development and manufacturing activities at the company´s Technology Center in Suzhou.
Born in 1957, Kiechl is a Swiss citizen, married with one adult daughter. His educational background includes two engineering degrees and an MBA in International Management, from the University of Applied Sciences in Bern and Brugg, Switzerland.
From 1981 onwards he worked as an engineer with various Swiss-based companies, followed by 10 years as Technical Director at Carl Sigerist AG, of Schaffhausen, Switzerland. From 1999 to 2013, he was Managing Director at Jossi Systems, until its acquisition by USTER.