Advisory Board of the CEO

The Advisory Board of the CEO is the professional body that helps the CEO in his activities and in the consideration of matters within his responsibilities. The CEO Advisory Board is managed by the CEO and provides him with assistance in relation to issues concerning management of the company’s business operations.

Members of the Advisory Board of the CEO

Gennady Lyubin,
First Deputy CEO for Exploration and Production


Gennady Lyubin was born in 1965, in the town of Malgobek, Chechen-Ingush ASSR. In 1990, he graduated from the Grozny State Oil Technical University with a degree in technology and complex mechanization of the oil deposits development.

His career began in 1990, when he started as an oil and gas production operator. Within next three years, he became first manager of an oil and gas production unit, and then chief engineer of the production department of Harampurneft, RN-Purneftegaz. In 1998, he joined Tarasovskneft of RN-Purneftegaz as head of production department. From 1998 to 2001, he led the oil and gas production department of Zapolyarneft, Noyabrskneftegaz. From 2001 to 2002, he held the position of manager for the Palyanovski oil production project. Between 2002 and 2005, he served as Deputy CEO for new projects in Noyabrskneftegaz. From 2005 to 2008, he was CEO of Gazprom Neft-Hantos, and in the period between 2008 and 2011, worked as CEO of Gazprom Neft-Noyabrskneftegaz. From 2011 to 2013, Lybin worked as Executive Director for the Implementation of Russian Projects of Gazprom Neft Development, then as Executive Director of Gazprom Neft Shelf, and then as Acting CEO of Gazprom Neft Shelf.

From 2014 to 2017, he occupied the CEO post in Gazprom Neft Shelf, and in 2017 became Executive Director of Gazprom Neft Development. Lyubin took the position of First Deputy CEO of NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad in August 2018.

Andrey Tuchnin,
First Deputy CEO - Head of Downstream Division


Tuchnin graduated in 1996 from the School of International Economic Relations under the Moscow State University of International Relations.

From 1996 to 2001, he worked at Alfa-EKO, where he made his way up from manager to head of oil export sector.

A year later Tuchnin joined SIBUR, where he first led the Liquid Petrochemicals Sales Sector, and later the LPG Sales Sector.

In 2006, he took the position of Deputy CEO of YUKOS Export Trade. He was responsible for sales and export of all petroleum products and petrochemicals produced by YUKOS.

Tuchnin continued his career at Rosneft, where he worked from 2007 to 2012 as Deputy Director of Oil and Petroleum Export Sector. At the same time, he worked as CEO of RN-Bunker, the newly founded subsidiary of Rosneft that in less than three years became the leader of the Russian bunkering market.

In 2012, Tuchnin joined Magnatek, Russia’s biggest independent trading company, where he was involved in organizing the processing of Russian crude at a refinery in Kazakhstan.

From 2013 to 2014, he worked for the United Petrochemical Company, where he was responsible for setting up operations of an independent petrochemicals business of AFK Sistema.

Prior to joining NIS in June 2017, he held the position of Deputy CEO for Commercial Affairs at Ufaorgsintez, one of Russia’s biggest polymer and phenol manufacturers.

Alexey Chernikov,
Head of Sales and Distribution Block


Chernikov was born on September 1, 1975, in Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation.

In 1997, he got his first degree from the Ural State Academy of Transport. In 2002, he graduated from the International Finance and Banking School in Moscow, then in 2012 from the INSEAD Business School, and in 2013 from the Stockholm School of Economics. In 2000, Chernikov joined Russia’s Sverdlovsknefteprodukt as Deputy Head of Petroleum Sales Department, and then became Head of the Department less than a year later. In 2002, he started working for the Yekaterinburg Petroleum Products Company as Commercial Director, then in 2005, transferred to the same position back to Sverdlovsknefteprodukt. In 2008, he joined Gazprom Neft as CEO of the subsidiary Gazpromneft-Chelyabinsk. From 2013 to March 2015, he was the CEO of Gazpromneft-Ural, and the Gazpromneft-Tyumen.

In March 2015, Alexey Chernikov joined NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad as Director of Sales and Distribution Block.

Vladimir Gagić,
Director for Refining


Vladimir Gagić was born on September 23, 1969, in Zadar, Croatia.

He graduated from the Technology and Metallurgy Faculty of the Belgrade University in 1993. He gained his first experience in process engineering at the Atmospheric Distillation Unit of the Pančevo Oil Refinery, which he joined in 1996. The logical next step of his career was the position of Head of the Atmospheric Distillation Unit, where he was quite successful despite the challenges presented by economic sanctions. He continuously expanded and broadened his extensive theoretical knowledge by testing it in practice and exchanging experiences with colleagues in all other refinery units. Having gained excellent practical knowledge in all segments of the refining process, Gagic took considerable part in the modernization of refining at the Development and Investment Sector. This was followed by his appointment to the position of Director of the Pančevo Oil Refinery, and then Deputy Director of the Pančevo Oil Refinery.

He became Director of the Refining Block in 2015, after successfully achieving his targets in the role of Director of the Technical Department within the Block.

Vyacheslav Zavgorodniy,
Deputy CEO, Head of Strategy and Investment Function


Vyacheslav Zavgorodniy was born on August 7, 1975. In 1998, he graduated from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics with a degree in finance. During his studies, he spent a year at the Gothenburg University in Sweden. Also in 1998, he received a degree in business administration from the City College London. In 2005, he completed an MBA program at INSEAD.

He started his career in 1997 at AGA AB and Columbus IT Partner as a consultant for implementation of the Concord ERP system in various companies, including the Tatneft oil company and the Henkel Ecolab trade center. After that Zavgorodniy joined Lukoil, where worked for three years as chief expert of the Merger and Acquisition Department. In 2006, he took the position at McKinsey&Co as consultant on projects for leading companies in the Russian Federation in a range of business areas: petrochemical, banking, telecommunication industry, pipe manufacturing, etc. Before joining NIS, he spent seven years in the Severstal group of companies as Director for Strategy and Business Development.

In May 2017, he was appointed Deputy CEO, Head of Strategy and Investment Function of NIS.

Zavgorodnii is fluent in English, Swedish and Serbian, and speaks basic French.

Anton Cherepanov,
Deputy CEO, Director Function for Finance, Economics, Planning and Accounting


Cherepanov graduated with honors from the Udmurt State University in 2006 with a degree in Economics and Management in Oil and Gas. He also has higher education in the legal field and holds a diploma in English translation studies.

In 2002, he started working at the Votkinsk Oil and Gas Production Administration of Udmurtneft as part of the HSE Service. From 2003 to 2004, he worked as an expert in the financial department of TKRS LLC. From 2005 to 2006, he worked as leading engineer in the Finance and Economics Block of Udmurtneft (a subsidiary of TNK-BP).

From 2006 to 2008, Cherepanov worked at various positions at the TNK-BP holding company in Moscow. In 2008, he joined Gazprom Neft, where he occupied a number of positions from leading expert of Investments and Production Efficiency Department to manager of Business Efficiency Division. In 2013, he graduated from the Large Projects Management Academy of Gazprom Neft at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in Moscow. In 2015, he joined ARKTIKGAZ (a joint company of Gazprom Neft and NOVATEK) as Deputy CFO.

Since December 2018, he holds the position of Deputy CEO, Director of Function for Finance, Economics, Planning and Accounting, at NIS.

Cherepanov is married and has three children.

Sergey Fominykh,
Deputy CEO, Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs Function


Sergey Fominykh was born on January 4, 1979, in the Russian Federation.

He is an executive with a legal background, holding the MBA degree from IMD Business School (Switzerland).

Having worked for seven years in international law firms, Sergey joined the NIS a.d. Novi Sad management team in July 2009 as the Director of the Legal Monitoring Directorate. In November 2010, he was appointed Deputy CEO, Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs Function in NIS a.d. Novi Sad. Sergey is responsible for managing a team in charge of the company’s legal support, corporate management and real estate management.

Sergey is representing NIS in the Board of Directors of Gazprom Energoholding Serbia, heading its Committee of Experts.

Miloš Grbić,
Deputy CEO, Director of Procurement Function


Miloš Grbić was born in Belgrade in 1979.

In 2004, he graduated from the Economics Department of the Gubkin Russian State University for Oil and Gas. A year later, he obtained a Master’s degree from the French Petroleum Institute in Paris. Same year, he started working for Deloitte as a Management Consultant in Moscow, and then from 2006 to 2009 worked for Accenture as Supply Chain Manager responsible for the implementation of logistics projects and the SAP ERP system deployment.

Grbić joined NIS in 2009 as Sector Director in the newly formed Function for Procurement and Capital Construction, and worked on the establishment of a unified centralised procurement system. From 2011 to 2013, he was Director of Planning and Analysis Department in the Procurement Function. In January 2013, he took the post of Deputy CEO and Director of Procurement at Gazprom Neft Orenburg, where he was responsible for the introduction of corporate templates and the consolidation of procurement processes in company. In November 2014, he returned to NIS as the Deputy Director of Procurement Function.

He has been Acting Director of Procurement Function since January 2019. From April 2020 he took the post of Deputy CEO and Director of Procurement Function at NIS.

Igor Chernov,
Deputy CEO, Director of Corporate Security Function


In 1964, he was born in the town of Rybinsk, Russian Federation. He holds two University degrees in military sciences, following which he acquired extensive professional experience as corporate security expert. Among other jobs, he held the position of Head of Corporate Security Department of the Company “Slavneft-Yaroslavnefteorgsintez”, and he worked as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer for an investment company “YarFinvest”. In 2009, he joined this company in the capacity of advisor to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer Corporate Security.

In June 2021, he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Corporate Security Function Director.

Natalia Bylenok,
Deputy CEO, Head of Function for Organizational Affairs


Natalia Bylenok was born in the Russian Federation in 1970. She graduated from Bryansk State University in 1992, majoring in History and Law. Two years later, she received a psychology degree at the Faculty of Psychology of the Bryansk State University.

Bylenok started her career in 1997 at the Professional Orientation and Psychological Support Centre as Head of the Science and Methodology Department and Consulting Psychologist. In 2000, she moved to Melkruk and was appointed Deputy Head of the HR Section. She then worked as HR Director at Desnol, and later as CEO at several Desnol subsidiaries. She held the position of HR Director at Rositi for two years, between 2006 and 2009. After that, she joined Gazprom Neft as Head of HR Administration at the Department of Regional Sales.

She continued her professional development while building her career. In 2009, she graduated from the MIRBIS Business School in Moscow majoring in Human Resource Management. She pursued professional development at Gazprom Neft, where she successfully completed the corporate MBA program provided by the Stockholm School of Economics.

Vadim Smirnov,
Deputy CEO, Director of the Function for government relations and corporate communications


Born on 10th October 1963 in Kazakhstan. In 1985, he acquired a title of engineer for ship power engines. Other than that, he graduated from Diplomatic Academy (in 1994 in Moscow), and High Commercial School (in 1999 in Moscow), majoring in Finance and Audit. Between 1985 and 1991, he served in the Navy in various positions. Between 1994 and 1998, he was on staff of Russia’s Foreign Ministry, his duties including lengthy business trips to the Balkans. Between 1998 and 2009, he held various positions with Russia’s national air carrier Aeroflot, including the position of the Balkan countries general manager (six years), as well as the position of Head of Department for Controlling Finance and Foreign Currency Operations in Foreign Representation offices (two years).

Since 2010, he dealt with economic security within Gazprom Group, and as of February 2012, he becomes Internal Audit Director. Following that, he was appointed CEO of NIS affiliate in Romania, NIS Petrol. In addition to this position, in July 2017, he was also appointed Deputy CEO of NIS, acting Public Relations and Communications Director. In April this year, he was promoted to the acting Director of the Function for government relations and corporate communications . In July 2018, he was appointed Deputy CEO, Director of the Function for government relations and corporate communications .

Mikhail Ryazanov,
Director of the HSE Function


Mikhail Ryazanov was born on April 6, 1969.

He graduated from the Vladimir State Technical University with a degree in civil engineering. In 1997, he graduated from the Moscow University for the Humanities with a degree in jurisprudence. In 2009, he got an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics in Russia.

Until 2000, Ryazanov worked in the legal field. In 2000, he joined DuPont as consultant for HSE management system establishment. From 2005, he led HSE function in various major mining and metallurgical companies in Russia and Ukraine (Severstal-Resurs, Russia; DTEK, Ukraine; ALROSA, Russia). In January 2020, Mikhail joined NIS as director of HSE Function.

Jelena Popara,
Director of the Internal Audit Function


Jelena Popara was born on 19 April 1980 in Belgrade.

In 2004, she graduated from the Belgrade Faculty of Economics with a degree in finance, accounting and audit. She obtained the ACCA international accounting and auditing license in 2012. She has worked as a consultant in KPMG Belgrade from 2005 to 2010. In 2010, she joined the NIS management team and from 2013 worked as CFO in the NIS’ subsidiary in Romania.

In March 2016, she was appointed Director of the Internal Audit Function.

Nikola Radmilovic,
Director of Naftagas–Naftni Servisi" d.o.o. Novi Sad

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