Dipl.-Ing. Thorsten Kalus

Inhaber, Managing Partner, Empirik Group Ltd.

Abschluss: Master Electrical Engineering, Technische Universitaet Dresden / Germany

Berlin, Germany


Over 20years living and working in China and Asia
Mentoring teams
hands-on mentality
Lean Production Management
Consultants experiences
leadership skills
strong organizational skill
OpEx Management
entrepreneurial Executive
Interims Management
Work independently as well as in teams
Strong people leadership


Professional experience for Thorsten Kalus

  • Current 9 years and 6 months, since 2015

    Managing Partner

    Empirik Group Ltd.

    Empirik Lean Consultants: The team of highly experienced internationals and local experts support multicultural and multi-plant businesses in Asia with their business operations and manufacturing management challenges. We cover: * Turn-around situations * Lean Manufacturing * Supply Chain Optimization * Quality Process Improvements * Industry 4.0 * Interim Management Check out company profile on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/organization/18041445/admin/overview

  • 2014 - 2017



    Responsible for AP region's operations, supply chain, manufacturing, quality and engineering

  • 2011 - 2014

    Director Corporate Manufacturing Asia Pacific

    Schaeffler Group Asia

    Overall responsible to strategically outline the whole operations of all plants in Asia Pacific to monitor daily internal production related matters

  • 2005 - 2011

    VP Operations Asia Pacific

    Diab Group

    In charge of establishing, running and developing operations in AP region, grew business 35-40% annually with new operations in Thailand (2007) and India (2008) while constantly growing China. Full P&L responsibilities reporting to HQ.

  • 2001 - 2006

    Operations Manager China


    Overseeing, improving and implementing new processes for Amphenol’s connector and cable operations, a manufacturing group of 8 facilities in China and 1 in Taiwan, Japan and Australia. Designed and implemented new production line and tailored processes and systems to support new product roll-out, coached local national colleagues in managing the relevant international client relationships. Implemented environmental projects (RoHS, WEEE, Sony Green) and overall corporate QA system.

  • 1999 - 2006

    Interim Consultant for Industrial Projects, Manufacturing & Business Development


    China experienced since 1994. Project Management Specialist for Industrial & Commercial Projects and Power Stations with strong Business Development and Business Establishment experience, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance and Standardization ratings, such as ISO 9000 and ISO 14000. Main customers are Amphenol China, Siemens China and Tennant Logistics as well as others.

  • 1991 - 1999

    Senior Project Manager

    Siemens AG

    Project manager of various industrial and electrical projects in Germany, Austria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, India, China and Taiwan.

Educational background for Thorsten Kalus

  • 4 years and 6 months, Sep 1986 - Feb 1991

    Electrical Engineering

    Technische Universitaet Dresden / Germany


  • English


  • German


  • Russian


  • Chinese


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