VK Company Limited (LSE, MOEX: VKCO, hereinafter referred as “VK” or “the Company”) announces changes to the Board of Directors.
The Company's Board of Directors has been strengthened by the heads of two major Russian universities. Nikita Anisimov, Rector of the National Research University — Higher School of Economics, has joined as an Independent Director, while Mikhail Gordin, Acting Rector of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, has become a Non-executive Director.
Nikita Anisimov and Mikhail Gordin both have unique experience of managing Russia’s leading scientific institutions. For instance, Nikita Anisimov held senior positions at Moscow State University, Moscow Polytechnic University, and Far Eastern Federal University.
Mikhail Gordin held executive titles in major research institutes in the aviation industry, including the position of CEO of the Central Institute of Aviation Motors. Previously, he held prominent roles at international companies, including Sibur and TNK-BP Management.
Natalya Yakovleva, a certified accountant, auditor, and independent director, has also been appointed as an Independent Director. She serves as independent non-executive director and member of audit and remuneration committees at Petropavlovsk Plc, independent non-executive director and chair of the audit committee at Globaltruck Management JSC, and as an independent director of Mediascope JSC.
In addition, two of VK's senior executives joined the Board of Directors.
Vladimir Gabrielyan (Executive Director) has served as VK’s First Deputy Chief Executive Officer since 2019. He has been with the Company for over 20 years since 2001 and is a known expert in big data and machine learning.
Alexander Ayvazov (Executive Director), Senior Vice President for Investments and Business Development at VK, oversees the Company's M&A deals and the online education segment.
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