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 the issues concerning the Company’s business operations management.

The Advisory Board has a Council which consists of the First deputy of CEO, Directors of the Company's Blocks and a Deputy CEO for the petrochemical business.

Members of Council of the Advisory Board of the CEO

Vladimir Paltsev,
First Deputy CEO for Upstream

Born on 19 January 1956 in Primorsky Krai, Russian Federation.

Mr Paltsev graduated from Ufa Petroleum Institute in 1978, majoring in Drilling of Oil and Gas Wells. He continued his studies at the Academy under the Government of Russian Federation (1992 – 1994 – company management in the crisis) and the Russian Presidential Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation (2008 – Master of Business Administration). After his studies he served the army (1978 – 1980).

In 1980, Mr Paltsev started his thirty-year career in oil industry at the Pravdinsk Neft Administration with the Yuganskneftegaz Production Complex. He occupied the position of crew head, senior engineer, production unit manager, department director and administration lead engineer. In the period from 2002 to 2006, he managed the Production and Services Block at YUKOS oil company as its vice-president responsible for oil and gas production, new technologies and company supervision. In 2006, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Tomskneft JSC, joint venture of PJSC “Gazprom Neft” and Rosneft oil company.

In August 2014, he started to work at NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad where he holds the position of the First Deputy of NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad General Director and is competent for production, services, material and technical service procurement and energy.

Andrey Tuchnin,
Deputy CEO for Refining, Sales and Distribution

Andrey Tuchnin was born in Moscow in 1975.

He graduated from Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO), School of International Economic Relations, in 1996.

From 1996 to 2001, he worked at “Alfa-EKO”, in which he worked his way up from a manager to the head of Oil Export Department. A year later, he joined SIBUR, where he first headed Liquid Petrochemicals Sales Department and later Compressed Gases Sales Department. In 2006, he transferred to YUKOS, to the position of Deputy CEO of “YUKOS Export Trade”. There, he was responsible for the sales of all petroleum products and petrochemicals intended for export. He continued his career in Rosneft, where he worked from 2007 to 2012 as the deputy director of the Sector of Export of Oil and Petroleum Products. He carried out his professional duties along with the duties of the CEO of “RN-Bunker”, which was created from scratch and became a leader in the Russian bunkering market in three years. In 2012, he started working at “Magnatek”, where he was involved in organising the processing of Russian oil at the Refinery in Kazakhstan. From 2013 to 2014, he worked at the United Petrochemical Company, in which he was responsible for designing day-to-day business operations as part of the autonomous petrochemicals business of AFK “System”. Before joining NIS, he held the position of Deputy CEO in charge of Commercial Affairs at “Ufaorgsintez”.

Irek Khabipov,
Director of Exploration and Production

Born on 13 June 1971 in Aznakayevo, Russian Federation.

Mr Khabipov graduated from the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas in 1993, majoring in Engineering and Exploitation of Oil and Gas Fields, and in 2007 he obtained a degree in Finance and Credit from the Tyumen State University.

He started his career in the oil industry in 1993 as an operator with Nizhnevartovsk Neft, which he left in 1999 as the Deputy Head of the Oil and Gas Production Unit. In 2000 he became the deputy manager of the Production and Technology Sector and in 2003 he was appointed Director of the Oil Production Department, Deputy Director for Production Planning and Technologies with Samotlorskoe NGDU №2 Samotlorneftegaz j.s.c. He subsequently became Deputy CEO in charge of Infrastructure and Operational Support Management – Lead Engineer with the same company. In 2010 he started working at TNK-Uvat Ltd. as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Infrastructure and Operational Support – Lead Engineer.

Since May 2014. Mr Khabipov has been working with NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad occupying the position of the General Director’s Deputy – Director of Exploration and Production Block.

Alexey Chernikov,
Director of Sales and Distribution

Born on 1 September 1975 in Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation.

In 1997, Mr Chernikov graduated from the Ural State Academy of Transport.

A year later, he started working for Instrument Uralsnabkomplekt, a Trade and Industrial Enterprise, as a Commercial Department Manager. While he was building his professional career he also continued his professional development. In 2002 he earned a diploma from the International Finance and Banking School in Moscow, and then in 2012 a diploma from the INSEAD the Business School for the World, and in 2013 a diploma from the Stockholm School of Economics. In 2000 he started working for Sverdlovsknefteprodukt as a Deputy Head of the Department of Sale of Petroleum Products, and less than a year later he became the Head of this Department. He joined the Yekaterinburg Petroleum Products Company in 2002 as the Commercial Director. In 2005 he started working at the same position but this time for Sverdlovsnefteprodukt. He came to PJSC “Gazprom Neft” in 2008 as the General Director of the subsidiary Gazpromneft – Chelyabinsk. From 2013 to March 2015 he was the General Director of Gazpromneft – Ural.

He became the Director of Sales and Distribution Block at NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad in March 2015.

Alexey Belov,
Director of Energy

Born on 18 March 1972 in the town of Kstovo in the Gorkovski region.

Mr Belov holds two university degrees: in 1995, he graduated from Nizhniy Novgorod State Technical University, majoring in Nuclear Power Plants and Installations. In 2001, he graduated from Tolyatin Management Academy, majoring in State Management. In December 2007, Mr Belov was awarded the academic title of Master of Technical Sciences at NPO CKTI in Saint Petersburg.

From 1994 to 1997, he worked as a boiler operator at AOOT Nizhegorodnefteorgsintez, Neftekhim NHZ CJSC, and NORSI OJSC. From 1997 to 2007, he worked as Deputy Chief Engineer for thermal energy, i.e. energy facilities engineer for thermal energy supply, as well as Deputy Chief Engineer for thermal energy supply management in LUKOIL- Nizhegorodnefteorgsintez o.j.s.c. In 2007, Mr Belov worked as the Head of the Gas Legislation Sector at LUKOIL-ENERGOGAS LTD. From January 2008 to September 2010, he served as the General Manager of LUKOIL Energy and Gas Bulgaria. From October 2010 until assuming a new position at NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad, he was the General Manager of LUKOIL-EKOENERGO LTD, which was known as JGK TGK-8 LTD until 6 December 2010.

He assumed the position of Director of Energy Block at NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad in September 2011.

Vladimir Gagic,
Director of Refining

Born on 23 September 1969 in Zadar, Croatia.

Mr Gagić graduated from the Facility of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade in 1993.

He gained his first experience in process engineering at the Atmospheric Distillation Unit at Pančevo Oil Refinery in 1996. The logical progress in his career was the appointment to the position of Head of the Atmospheric Distillation Unit, where he successfully performed the duties under extremely difficult conditions of economic sanctions. He constantly expanded and broadened his extensive theoretical knowledge by testing it in practise or exchanging experiences with colleagues from different professions at all other refinery units. Having gained excellent practical knowledge of all the segments of the refinery production process, Mr Gagić took considerable part in the Modernization of Refining at the Development and Investment Sector. This was followed by the appointment to the Director of Pančevo Oil Refinery and then Deputy Director of Pančevo Oil Refinery. He was appointed to the position of Director of Refining Block after he successfully performed the duties of the Director of the Technical Department within the Block.

Valery Proskurin,
Director of Services

Born on 19 August 1968 in Neftekumsk, Russia.

Mr Proskurin graduated from the Ufa Petroleum Institute in 1992 and became a mining engineer. After completing undergraduate studies, he continued to improve his professional capabilities and was awarded the title of PhD in Technical Sciences. In addition to formal education, he underwent a number of training sessions in the field of drilling, environmental protection etc.

He started his career in 1992 in Megionneftegas. In Slavneft – Megionneftegas, he occupied the position of Director of Oilfield Services. In addition to extensive technical knowledge, he has many years of working experience on managerial positions.

He has joined NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad in May 2015 and holds the position of the Director of Services Block.

Goran Stojilkovic,
Deputy CEO for Petrochemical Operations

Born on 13 September 1968, in Leskovac, Republic of Serbia.

Mr Stojilković graduated from the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade.

At the beginning of his career he worked as the chemical engineer for organic synthesis at the semi-industrial plant, the technical director of the business unit and the director of the Chemistry Business Unit within FHI Zdravlje from Leskovac. In 2003, he was appointed Deputy CEO at FHI Zdravlje Leskovac and in December 2004 he assumed the position of the Company CEO of Zdravlje Actavis Leskovac. He held this position until April 2009 when he went to the UK. In the period from April 2009 to October 2012 he was the CEO of operations at Actavis UK LTD. Living and working in London have had a strong influence on the development of his managerial and personal skills and abilities. In 2007, he received the award for the best manager in Serbia from the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Economic Journalists of Serbia. In the period from 2004 to 2007 he was the Chairman of the BoD of Zdravlje Basketball Association. He is a member of the Assembly of Basketball Association of Serbia. He actively supports local economy as a member of the Association of Centres for Development of Jablanica and Pcinja Region. He is active in the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and is a representative of private business in Brussels since 2008.

Since October 2012 he has been holding the position of the General Director’s Deputy for Petrochemical Operations at NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad.

Other members of the Advisory Board of the CEO

Natalia Bylenok,
Deputy CEO, Director of Organizational Affairs

Ms Bylenok was born in the Russian Federation in 1970.

She graduated from the Faculty of History at Bryansk State University in 1992, majoring in History and Law. Two years later, she received a degree in psychology at the Faculty of Psychology, Bryansk State University.

In 1997, Ms Bylenok began her professional career at the Professional Orientation and Psychological Support Centre as the Head of the Science and Methodology Department – Consulting Psychologist. She worked at the Centre until 2000, when she transferred to Melkruk and was appointed Deputy Head of the Human Resource Section. She broadened her professional experience by working as HR Director at Desnol. In addition, she served as a CEO in Desnol subsidiaries. She also held the position of HR Director at Rositi between 2006 and 2009. After that, she started working at Gazprom Neft as the Head of HR Administration at the Department of Regional Sales. While building her professional career, Ms Bylenok continued her professional development. In 2009, she graduated from the Moscow International Higher Business School MIRBIS, majoring in Human Resource Management. She also pursued professional development at Gazprom Neft, where, among other things, she successfully completed the MBA corporate programme of Gazprom Neft and Stockholm School of Economics – Top Drive.

Maxim Kozlovsky,
Deputy CEO, Director of Material-technical and service support and capital construction

Born on 3 April 1976 in Nizhnevartovsk, Russia.

He graduated from the Tyumen State University in 1998 in economics (Finance and Crediting), and in 2007 he graduated from the Tyumen State Oil University, specializing in Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas Fields.

Prior to his engagement at the NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad, he had stints at Rosatom in the post of Deputy CEO for General Issues, as well as at TNK-BP (Tyumen Oil Company British Petrol) in the post of Director of the MT and SS Division.

Since November 2013, he has held the post of General Director’s Deputy of NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad and the Director of MTSS and CC Function.

Anton Fyodorov,
Deputy CEO, Director of Finance, Economics, Planning and Accounting (CFO)

Born on 9 December 1973 in Saratоvo region, Russian Federation.

Mr Fedorov graduated from the State Academy for Economics in Samara, specializing in national economy. In 2001, he acquired a degree in law, and in 2011, he earned the MBA degree in Finance from the Academy of National Economics under the Government of the Russian Federation.

From 1997 to 2005, he worked at Yuganskneftegas OJSC holding various positions including the position of CFO at NGDU Yuganskneft. From 2005 to 2007, he worked at Sibur as the CFO of Yaroslavl Tire Factory in Yaroslavl. In 2007, he joined PJSC “Gazprom Neft” as Project Manager for the Development of Sites in Western Siberia and he managed the implementation of the Novoport’s Oil and Gas Deposit Project. Mr Fyodorov served as the CFO of Moscow Refinery from 2009 to 2012.

Since April 2012 he has held the position of General Director’s Deputy, Director of Finance, Economics, Planning and Accounting Function.

Evgeny Kudinov,
Deputy CEO, Director of External and Governmental Relations

Born on 7 October 1958 in Kuybyshev, USSR.

Mr Kudinov graduated from Moscow State University M.V Lomonosov, Department of Economics, as a regular student and gained the title: BSc in Economics. He completed additional courses at the Russian Foreign Trade Academy.

He started his career in 1981 at the USSR State Committee for foreign economic relations, after which until 2000 he held a number of positions in trade representative offices of the USSR and the RF in SFRY and Serbia. In the period from 1993 to 1994, he served as Commercial Director at Interslavia. From 2000 to 2001, he worked at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation as the leading specialist for European countries. He serves as Commercial Director at Server CJSC from 2001 to 2006. From April 2006 to May 2009 Mr Kudinov served as Deputy Trade Representative of the RF in Serbia, and in 2009, pursuant to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation, he was appointed to the position of Trade Representative of the RF in the Republic of Serbia.

Since 2011, he has been serving as the General Director’s Deputy of NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad, Director of External and Governmental Relations Function.

Igor Tarasov,
Deputy CEO, Director of Corporate Security

Born on 2 July 1952 in Moscow.

He has 38 years of work experience in state security services. He was on the staff of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Belgrade from 1994 to 1999 and from 2001 to 2006.

He has been holding the position of General Director’s Deputy, Director of Corporate Security Function with NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad since 2009.

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

Born on 4 January 1979 in Russian Federation.

Mr Fominykh graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Mari State University and Central European University in Budapest and in the field of jurisprudence and graduate studies at the Moscow Academy of Finance and Law. Afterwards, he completed management programs at the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo and Cambridge Business School.

For over seven years, he worked as an associate in international law and consulting companies. In 2009, he joined the NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad management team as the Director of the Legal Monitoring Department. In November 2010, he was appointed Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs Function at NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad. Mr Fominykh is responsible for managing a team in charge of the company’s legal support, corporate governance and real estate management.

Vyacheslav Zavgorodniy,
Deputy CEO, Director of Strategy and Investments

Born on August 7, 1975.

In 1998, he graduated from Russian Economic Academy (REA) “G.V. Plekhanov”, obtaining the title of finance and credit economist. Within his studies, he spent one year at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. In parallel with studies at the REA “G.V. Plekhanov”, in 1998, he obtained his master’s degree in business administration from the London City College. In 2005, he completed INSEAD under the MBA program at in France.

He began his professional career in 1997 at the company AGA AB and Columbus IT Partner, as a consultant for the introduction of the ERP system “Concord” in various companies, including the oil company “Tatneft” and Henkel Ekolab trade centre. He has developed his professional experience in various companies, including Lukoil and McKinsey & Co. In Lukoil, he worked three years as the main expert in the Department of Mergers and Acquisitions, and in 2006, he started working on a consultant position in McKinsey & Co, on projects for leading companies in the Russian Federation in a number of economic sectors: petrochemical, banking, telecommunications industry, air transport industry and production of large diameter pipes. Before joining NIS, he worked for seven years in the group of companies “Severstal”, on the position of director of strategy and business development of the holding company “Svez”.

In May 2017, he was appointed Deputy CEO, Director of the Function for Strategy and Investments of NIS. He is married and has three children. He is fluent in English and Swedish and has a basic level of knowledge of French.

Vadim Smirnov,
Regional Director for Romania

Born on 10 October 1963 in Kazakhstan.

In 1985, he obtained a university degree in Finance and Audit. In addition, he graduated from the Diplomatic Academy (1994, Moscow) and Higher Vocational Commercial School (1999, Moscow).

From 1985 until 1991 he held posts at Far East (Russia) companies. Between 1991 and 1998, he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, including long-term official trips to Balkan countries. From 1998 until 2009 he held various posts at Aeroflot j.s.c., including the post of company representative for the Balkans (6 years), and the post of Head of the Unit for Controlling Foreign Currency Operations of Representative Offices Abroad (2 years). From 2010 he has been active in economic security at the companies of the Gazprom Group, and since 2012 has held the post of Director of Internal Audit Function at NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad.

He currently holds the position of the NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad Regional Director for Romania.

Ulrich Peball,
Director of HSE

Born on 30 June 1961 in Vienna, Austria.

He graduated in 1988, obtaining a degree of civil engineer, and worked at the outset of his career in construction companies in Vienna and Germany. He spent 22 years with OMV, being in charge of environmental projects at the refinery, in marketing, and exploration and production. In 1999 he moved to international exploration and production, and worked at OM as the Director of HSE in several countries, e.g. Australia, New Zealand, and Romania.

Since August 2014, he has held the post of Director of HSE Function at NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad.

Jelena Popara,
Director of Internal Audit

Born on 19 April 1980 in Belgrade.

Graduated in 2004 on the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade, Department for Finances, Accounting and Auditing. Acquired the international license for accounting and auditing – ACCA in 2012.

From 2005 to 2010, she was working as a Consultant in KPMG Company, Belgrade. In 2010, she joined the NIS management team, and starting from 2013, she was on the position of Financial Director of NIS’s daughter company in Romania.

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

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