LiuGong Machinery announces Kris Kulkarni has joined LiuGong North America as Vice President, Global Mining.
Kulkarni began his professional career at Caterpillar in 1996 in structures and steadily progressed in engineering roles across diverse mining products including large wheel loaders, mining trucks, surface drills, and hydraulic shovels. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, a master’s from the University of Ottawa, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
LiuGong has an emerging portfolio of mining products, including trucks, large tonnage wheel loaders, excavators and bulldozers. Kris is exceptionally well qualified to help lead the transformation of this mining product line to world-class levels.
On the appointment, LiuGong Vice President of Strategy & Aftersales and chairman of LiuGong North America, Kevin Thieneman, says, “Kris’ extensive background and knowledge of the mining industry brings an exciting new dynamic to our company. As LiuGong is committed to expanding not only product its current lineup of mining machines but its overall understanding of these highly specialized customers, Kris will be an invaluable part of that growth.”
“I am excited to have the opportunity to join an organization so focused on customers and employees” states Kulkarni. “LiuGong has a rich 60-year history, and an inspiring vision for its future. I look forward to helping write the next chapter as we broaden the portfolio by designing and manufacturing machines in a larger size class which offer our customers the lowest total cost of ownership.”