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Highlights from the Russian CFO Summit 2014

Members of the 2015 Speaker Faculty include:

Members of the 2015 Speaker Faculty include:

Jim Lee Vice President & CFO PepsiCo Russia

Lyudmila Smirnova Chief Financial Officer Tele2 Russia

Lyudmila Smirnova graduated from the Management Faculty of the Russian State University for the Humanities. Her professional activity in corporate finance administration includes leading roles in the biggest Russian and foreign companies: Independent Media, ACNielsen, Hewlett-Packard Russia.

For eight years Lyudmila Smirnova served as Vice President and Corporate Finance Director of the Hearst Shkulev Media/InterMediaGroup publishing house that issues such periodicals as ELLE, MAXIM, Marie Claire and Psychologies. Lyudmila supervised reorganization of the group of companies and a project for automation and optimization of business processes at the company.

Lyudmila Smirnova has held the post of Financial and Administrative Officer at Tele2 since September 2012. Under her guidance, the financial department has successfully supported a range of complicated processes: shareholder reshuffle, redomiciliation to Russia and integration of Rostelecom’s and Tele2 mobile assets aiming to create a new federal operator. With Lyudmila’s involvement, Tele2 reached a high level of business processes optimization and efficient cost control.


Pavel Malyi Deputy Chairman & CFO Sibur

Pavel Malyi joined the Group in 2011. From 2011 to March 2013, Mr. Malyi served as a Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Strategy and Investments Committee of the Group’s Board of Directors. Since April 2012, Mr. Malyi has been Managing Director of OOO LEVIT. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Malyi served as President of ZAO Miracle. Mr. Malyi served as Director, Executive Director, Managing Director and Head of UBS Investment Bank in the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Kazakhstan from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Malyi graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1991 with a degree in international law. In 1994, Mr. Malyi graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Alexander Kutowski Executive Vice President, CIS COMPAREX

Evgeny Fetisov CFO & Member of the Executive Board Moscow Exchange

Alexey Blinov Finance Director Mondelez Russia

Inna Karaduman Chief Financial Officer ROSVODOKANAL

Lionel Ponsard Group Financial Controller Boston Consulting Group

Andrey Ilyin Chief Financial Officer EuroChem

Evgeny Plaksenkov Head of Chair "Finance, Payments & e-Commerce" SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management

Victor Belyakov CFO & Member of the Executive Board FESCO

Before joining FESCO in March 2015, between 2004 and 2014 Mr. Belyakov worked in Uralkali JSC as Director of Economics and Finance and also acting CEO. He previously held senior positions in the economic and financial field at several major Russian and foreign companies and banks.Victor Belyakov graduated from the Tver State Technical University. He also holds an MBA degree from Kingston Business School and a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) degree.

Olga Petrova First Deputy CEO, CFO NefteTransService

Konstantin Yanakov Vice President, Finance ICT Group

In 1999, graduated from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation specializing in Global Economy. Finished Graduate School of the State University of Management in 2003. Doctor of Economics. In 2007, received an MBA from the London Business School. 
During 1996-1998, worked in the Corporate Finance Division at Rossiyskiy Kredit Bank, combining work with studies. 
In 1998-1999, worked as the Director of Project Finance for mining and metals companies of the Metalloinvest group. 
During 1999-2003 served as the Head of Regional Network Division and Vice-President at MDM-Bank. 
Starting in 2003 serves as Deputy CEO for Finances at OAO Polymetal. From 2008 serves as Vice- Chairman of the Board of Directors of Polymetal and is a member of the Audit Committee. From 2012 serves as member of the Board of Directors of Polymetal  International plc. 
Starting from 2004 serves as Vice-President for Finances of the Group. 

Roman Borisov Chief Financial Officer Inventive Retail Group

Has worked as a top manager in medium and large companies for more than 10 years.
2004 - 2007: CFO of "Soyuz-Viktan (Russia)";
2007 - 2009: CFO of distributor "ASB-Rating";
starting 2009 till present: SFO of international retail network «re:Store Retail Group».
Has diplomas on higher education in economics and law; PhD in economics (Accounting, control and analysis of business activity); in 2008 he obtained MBA.

Dmitry Polevoy Chief Economist, Russia & CIS ING Commercial Banking

Mikhail Lukashevich Editor-in-Chief CFO-Russia

Born in 1977. Graduated from Moscow Physical Engineering Institute with a degree in electronics in 2000.
As deputy editor-in-chief of the journal “The Art of Management” between 2000 and 2004, Mr. Lukashevich was involved in its creation and management, introducing the Russian reader for the first time to the best material from the Fast Company and Harvard Business Review – the leading worldwide publications on management.
In 2004 and 2005 Mr. Lukashevich managed the business literature department at the publishing house “Rosmen”, where he published several business bestsellers.
In 2005 at the publishers B2B Media (“Prof-Media” holding) Mikhail released the journal “Commercial Director: Sales & Marketing Management”, of which he was editor-in-chief for two years. In 2007 he created the journal “Financial Directors’ Club”, handed out to delegates of the 10th Russian Economic Forum in London. In 2008 the journal was turned into the website CFO-Russia.ru, which Mikhail is still editor-in-chief of.
Under Mr. Lukashevich’s management, in 2009-10 CFO-Russia.ru ran the feature “Lessons from the crisis: the CFO viewpoint”, culminating in the release of the book of the same name in 2011. The book, a compilation of interviews with financial directors dealing with the fight against the crisis, was presented to the audience at the CFO Summit 2011, organised by Adam Smith Conferences.

Vsevolod Rozanov Senior Vice President & CFO AFK Sistema

Mr. Rozanov was born on 30 July 1971 in Moscow. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Foreign Economies.
From 1993 till 2001 he held a various positions with Bain & Company Inc. in Moscow, London and Stockholm.
From 2002 till 2004, Mr. Rozanov held a position of Deputy CEO of Economics and Finance at CJSC MTU-Inform.
From 2004 till 2006, he was a Vice President of Economics and Finance at OJSC Comstar United Telesystems.
From 2006 till 2008, Mr. Rozanov held a position of Vice President for Finance and Investment, member of the Management Board at MTS.
From 2008 till June 2013 he was CEO of Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (MTS India).

Sergey Berezovka Finance Director Sika Russia

Mikhail Stiskin Chief Financial Officer Polyus Gold

Mr. Mikhail Stiskin joined Polyus Gold in 2013 following a highly successful career in investment banking. Mikhail was Managing director at Sberbank CIB (until 2011 known as Troika Dialog where Mikhail was also a partner), a corporate and investment banking arm of Sberbank, Russia’s largest financial institution, where Mikhail was in charge of research coverage of the metals and mining/fertilizer sectors. For many years in a row Mikhail’s team rated as best in the sector within both the CIS and EMEA regions, according to annual institutional investor surveys. Mikhail has also been actively involved in a number of landmark transactions in the sector. 
Mr. Stiskin graduated with honours from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a degree in economics and holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).


Sergei Aleksashenko Director, Macroeconomic Research Higher School of Economics

December 2008 – Director, Macroeconomic Research, State University - Higher School of Economics
Member of the Board of Directors, Aeroflot-Russian airlines
Member of the Board of Directors, National Reserve Bank
Member of Advisory Council to the Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia
Member of Expert Council, Accounting Chamber of the Russian Federation
Professor, Qilin University (Changchun, China)
April 2006 – May 2008 – Chairman and CEO, Merrill Lynch Russia
Nov 2004 – March 2006 - President, Member of the Board, Antanta Capital
Nov 2000 – June 2004 - Deputy Director General, Managing Director, Member of the Board, Interros Holding
Since Jan 1999  – Chairman, Development Center
•    Independent research organization concentrating on macroeconomic policy and the banking system in Russia
Dec 1995 - Oct 1998 - First Deputy Chairman, Member of the Board, Central Bank of Russia
•    Responsible for monetary and foreign exchange policy, accounting and payment system, negotiations with the IMF
May 1993 – March 1995 – Deputy Minister of Finance
•    Responsible for budgetary planning, macroeconomic and tax policy, accounting
At the same time since January 1994 until March 1995 he was the Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Audit in Russia
Apr 1991 - May 1993 - Deputy Director, Executive director, Expert Institute of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
Jan 1990 - Apr 1991 - Leading specialist, Commission on Economic Reform, Government of the USSR.
Aug 1986 – Dec 1989 – Junior Researcher, Researcher, CEMI (Central Economic and Mathematical Institute), Academy of Science of the USSR. Joined this Institute in August 1986 graduating from Moscow State University. Took Ph.D. (Econ) at the same Institute in December 1989.

Dmitry Milshtein Chief Financial Officer Euroset

Alexey Kornya Chief Financial Officer MTS

Stanislav Shekshnia Professor of Entrepreneurship INSEAD

Alexey Ievlev Head of Clients / Lending Products ING

Alexey joined ING in 2003 and has undertaken a number of leading roles in Russia and the UK. From 2009 he acted as Deputy Head of Clients/Lending department at ING Moscow before moving to ING London in 2011 as a Senior Director leading the Corporate Finance / Natural Resources team.
Mr. Ievlev holds a Ph.D degree in International Economics from the Plekhanov Russian Economic Academy. He also holds an Executive MBA from the IE Business School of Instituto de Empresa.

Tamara Braun Chief Financial Officer SAP CIS

Alexei Kulichenko Chief Financial Officer Severstal

Olga Safonova Partner, Regional Leader, Russia & CIS BearingPoint

Natalia Afanasieva Director, Client Accounting Department TMF Group

Vladimir Preobrazhenskiy Director of Research Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

One of the best Russian top managers who is in the Top 10 best finance directors of Russia. In November 2012 joined the team of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO as a Director of Research.From mid-90s has been working in top management positions in the leading Russian corporations, such as SUEK (“Siberian Coal Energy Company”), “Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods”, “VympelCom”, OJSC “Incombank”, “SAMEKO” (“Samara Metallurgical Company”) and others.Initiator and director of the project “Scenarios for Russia “(Club 2015)At present:- Director of Research of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVOMember of the RUSNANO Strategy and Investment CommitteeMember of the Board of Directors of the Russian Economic School (RES)Member of the Board of Directors of the Agate Fund (support of young entrepreneurs)Education:In 1984 graduated in space engineering from the Faculty of Astronautical Science of Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI).  From 2007 a visiting professor in RES, on the course “Economic measures of strategy” at the Master’s in Finance program.Was awarded an order of Peoples’ Friendship in 1993 and a medal of the Order for the Services to the Motherland of 1st degree for the preparation of Russia for the G8 Summit in 1996.

Anton Vishanenko Chief Financial Officer Uralkali

Anton Vishanenko has been Chief Financial Officer of Uralkali since October 2014.Anton Vishanenko was born in 1979. In 2001, he graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute. He also holds a PhD in economics from St. Petersburg State University of Economics and executive MBA from INSEAD. Mr. Vishanenko is a member of ACCA and affiliate member of AICPA.Anton Vishanenko started his career at Wimm-Bill-Dann as a member of the accounting team. In 2003, he joined Mechel leading the company’s IPO preparation and, in 2006, became the CFO of the company.From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Vishanenko held the position of CFO of Uralchem, one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilisers in Russia and the CIS.In 2012, he was CFO of Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port.

Vladimir Pravdivy Chief Financial Officer Avito

Ilya Soloviy Chief Financial Officer Bistrodengi

May 2013 – Present – Bistrodengi (The biggest Russian microfinance company, operates offline and online; over 520 stores in 170+ cities, 3 500 headcount. www.bistrodengi.ru, www.turbozaim.ru), Moscow/Ulyanovsk 
Acting CFO
Full CFO functionality for an international group:
The Group’s strategy development and implementationFinancial function growth and improvementFund rising, Investor relationsBudgeting, Forecasting and ControllingAccounting, Reporting and TaxesInvestments, Capex and ModellingTreasuryInternational operationsBoD and shareholders relations Achievements:
Reduced corporate overheads by more than 30% and variable operating costs by more than 10%Implemented Microsoft Axapta ERP system by communication and teamwork with more than 40 professionals from 10 Departments in 9 geographical locationsIntroduced Treasury, Fund rising, Investor relations and IFRS reporting functions; currency risk hedging, regular reconciliations and inventoriesAchieved monthly accounts close-out on 7th working day after month endDecreased tax burden by more than 10 timesUnified accounting in international Group of 10 entitiesSwitched Finance personnel motivation system from 100% fixed to 20% variable income based on KPIsFormed and motivated Finance team, which increased internal users satisfaction by 20% 2012 – 2013 – Retail chain "Stroyarsenal/Superstroy" (One of the biggest DIY retail chains in Russia. www.superstroy.ru), Yekaterinburg
Leading of Finance Department in a bigger geographically dispersed company. Over 120 direct and indirect subordinates.
Management, IFRS and statutory accounting and reportingBudgeting, ControllingTreasury, Working capital managementTax planningLong term planningFinancing, Investment projectsRelations with investors, BoD and shareholders     Achievements:
Centralized Finance function from geographically separated in 5 locationsOptimized Finance department staff by 40%Lowered effective rate and improved covenants on Company’s debtShortened term of year budget preparation and approval by 2 monthsCut down professional services costs by more than 15%Launched tax optimization function, initiated working capital planning, started monthly revenue planning reviews
2010 – 2012 – Unilever/Kalina (The biggest Russian cosmetics manufacturer, a part of Unilever since 2011. www.kalina.org), Yekaterinburg
Financial Controller
Budgeting and plan-fact controlManagement accounting and reportingPlanning and control of costs, margin and CAPEXValuation of investment projectsKPIs and bonusesM&A transactions Achievements:
Pioneered intra-year budget updates 4 times a yearAccomplished cost of sales detailed forecast and gross margin factor analysis for product portfolio of more than 200 000 itemsCommenced regular overheads plan-fact analysis and discussionBuilt a strong result-oriented team 
2007 – 2010 – KPMG, Yekaterinburg
Manager, Audit department
22 successful projects in machine building, metallurgy, retail, development, services, agriculture, investments and other sectorsLeading teams up to 50 peopleAudits of IFRS and Russian GAAPIFRS compilation and adopting for larger companies, including diversified group with headcount over 10 000

2006 – 2007 - Ernst & Young, Yekaterinburg
Manager, Audit department

1994 – 2005 – Kontur audit (Audit and accounting company), Yekaterinburg
 1989 – 1994 – SKB Kontur (One of the biggest Russian IT companies, www.skbkontur.ru), Yekaterinburg
Auditor, Head of Audit department
- London Business School, Executive MBA, 2015-2016
- Ural State Technical University (USTU-UPI), Management and IT in technical systems, 1999
- Ural Economy College, Jurisprudence, 1995

Igor Furnosov Chief Financial Officer Essence Development

Igor Furnosov has 12 years experience in audit, controlling and corporate finance. Igor started as audit consultant with PwC (Moscow). After PwC he worked in News Outdoor Russia (subsidiary of News Corporation). In News Outdoor Igor was in charge of management accounts, internal controls and SOX compliance, consolidated accounts of News Outdoor Group. Last 7 years Igor is working in various companies of Real Estate & Development industry. From mid. 2008 till mid. 2012 he worked in IMMOFINANZ Russia (SC «Golden Babylon», SC «5th Avenue», SC «GOOD ZONE»), from mid. 2012 till mid. 2013 PPF Real Estate Russia (Office park «ComCity», logistic parks «Tomilino» and «Southgate», SC «M5 Mall» (Ryazan) and SC «Yarmarka» (Astrachan), from mid. 2013 till August 2014 in Megapolis Property Management (BC «Quatro Corti» (StP), Business center on Kadashevskaya nab., 30 (Moscow). In these companies Igor was in charge of reporting, external auditing, financing and re-financing projects, dealing with valuation companies, building and coaching finance teams. Last 4 years Igor is working as Head of Finance/CFO managing teams of 10 to 20 people. Key competencies: reporting (IFRS, management accounting), dealing with banks on financing/re-financing, internal controls and compliance. Currently Igor is CFO of Essence Development. Essence Development provides its clients with a comprehensive set of services at all project realization stages. The company’s strategy is to develop and manage high-quality Real Estate (currently 2 largest Transportation Hubs in Moscow – Salarievo and Kotelniki).Igor is a member of ACCA (since 2008). Speaks fluent English.Igor is married and has three kids.

Tom Blackwell Chief Executive Officer EM

Tom is the CEO and one of the founders of EM Communications, the leading international IR and financial PR advisory business in Russia.

He has more Russian IPO experience than any other practicing communications advisor in the market, having personally led the communications for IPOs including MD Medical Group, Ruspetro, OKEY Group, Pharmsynthez, Exillon Energy, Human Stem Cell Institute, M.video, Bank St Petersburg, MMK and Raspadskaya. 

In addition, he has considerable M&A experience in the region, having advised on high-profile transactions such as Pepsi – Lebedyansky and Enel - OGK-5. 

Tom has also worked with a number of privately held Russian companies to raise their public profile and to create the necessary communications infrastructure in preparation for future capital markets activity. 

Based in Russia for most of the last ten years, Tom is a fluent Russian speaker.

Yuri Rotmanov Managing Director, Eastern Europe, Russia & CIS Anaplan

Sergey Sulimov Chief Financial Officer MMK

Date of birth: 19.01.1978, in Kharkov. In 2002 Sergey received an honorary degree in finance and credit from the Financial University under the government of the Russian Federation. In 2005, he completed an MBA in INSEAD, an international business school. In 2001, Sergey joined McKinsey & Company. In 2007, he became a member of the supervisory board of Delta Bank in Ukraine. Sergey spent 2010-2012 in the MMK Group as counselor, deputy CEO for company relations at the MMK Group, acting CEO of MMK Metalurji (Turkey). In 2012, he joined Bank Svyaznoy CJSC as deputy chairman and then became chairman of the board of directors. In November 2013, Sergey was appointed deputy CEO for finance and economy in MMK OJSC.

Elena Milinova Chief Financial Officer X5 Retail Group

Deputy General Director of JSC "KAMAZ" - Chief Financial Officer since 09.2011.
In 2000 she graduated from Togliatti Academy of Business and Banking. Joined "KAMAZ" in 2007. Responsibilities: economy and finance, property and insurance activities management in the group of companies JSC "KAMAZ".
Made a great contribution to the development of information transparency of "KAMAZ" for foreign and Russian investors.

Nikolai Solomon Chief Financial Officer Rosatom

Nikolai Solomon was born on January 3, 1971 in Moscow. In 1993, he graduated from the Moscow State Technical University for Motor Vehicles and Highway Construction (MADI) majoring in road machinery, and then received a degree in International Economic Relations from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation. He is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. In 1994–2003, Mr Solomon held a number of audit and management consulting positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2003, he moved to Yukos-Moscow as Director for Project Management and Acting Director of the Financial and Accounting Centre. In 2005, he was appointed Financial Controller and Director for Economics and Controlling at the Siberian Coal Company. In February 2009, he joined ROSATOM as Deputy CEO for Finance (later as Deputy CEO for Economics and Finance). Since April 2011 Mr Solomon has held the office of First Deputy CEO for Corporate Functions and Chief Financial Officer at ROSATOM

Irina Kalinovskaya Chief Financial Officer MRTS

Irina graduated from Odessa State Economics University with a degree in finance, master's degree in   Economics.

After graduating from the University she has been working for State Administration of Taxation and as a top manager for financial management, human resources management departments. For example, she has been working for Financial and Analysis Department in Uralsib. Prior to being hired by MRTS OJSC Kalinovskaya has been working for auditing administration of Kiev Auditing Chamber.

In 2008 she has started to work for MRTS OJSC as Price Formation Service Head and a lot of projects aimed at automatic control of planning, budgeting and financial control have been developed. In 2010 Kalinovskaya became MRTS OJSC Head of Financial and Economic Department. In 2011 she became Deputy Director General of Economic Affairs.
In 2013 she defended a dissertation on business methods of innovative-oriented company restructuring under conditions of competitive environment. She got conferment of a higher degree of Ph.D. in Economics.

Kalinovskaya has been done a great deal of work aimed at restructuring of organizational structure of MRTS OJSC Administration and its affiliates. It resulted in MRTS Holding OJSC establishing in 2014.
In 2014 Irina being MRTS OJSC Deputy Director General in charge of Economics and Finance became MRTS Holding OJSC financial director.

Kalinovskaya received additional education at Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas training and research center aimed at professional development, Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics and other organizations specialized in stock-exchange industry. She has auditor's qualification certificate.

Sergey Karataev Chief Financial Officer Freight One

Sergey Karataev has worked in senior financial management positions in Russia and Sergey Karataev has worked in senior financial management positions in Russia and Switzerland for more than 15 years.  
He joined as CFO Freight One, his current employer, in June 2012 after it had been acquired by UCL Holding from Russian Railways, the transaction was co-led by Sergey as CFO of Transportation Assets Management (a UCL Holding’s management company). Under his leadership the company syndicated acquisition finance, developed IR, Risk management and Internal control functions, optimized its corporate structure and got prepared for potential IPO. Before joining Freight One / UCL Holding Sergey served as Group Financial Controller at Global Head Quarters of Novartis (Switzerland) supervising USD 30 Bn Pharma Division at Group level. In this role Mr.Karataev also successfully led/co-led multiple cross-functional projects, i.e financial planning improvement for Manufacturing Division, new KPIs’ implementation across 20+ countries, Global Pharma’s performance benchmarking and etc. Prior to that Sergey Karataev held senior financial positions at Rostselmash, Razgulay Group and LIT Group where he was responsible (besides traditional financial functions) for M&As and business development in Russia, Ukraine and Canada. 
Sergey holds MBA Degree (INSEAD), PhD and MS Degree with Distinction (Finance Academy under the Russian Government).

Grigory Fedorishin Chief Financial Officer NLMK Group

Grigory Fedorishin has been NLMK Group CFO since January 2013.
From 2011 to 2013 he served as NLMK Group Director of Strategy and Business Development, managing strategy development projects for the Group and its business units as well as business processes optimization and KPI system implementation projects. 
He has been Secretary of the NLMK Board of Directors’ Strategy Committee since 2010, and member of the NLMK Management Board since 2012.
From 2009 to 2011 he served as an Investment Manager at Libra Capital, a Moscow-based investment management company.
From 2001 to 2009 he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting company (Moscow) in audit, financial consulting and management consulting divisions, where he held positions up to a Director of Business Restructuring Practice.
Grigory graduated from of Academy of Finance (Moscow). He holds a master degree in Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from INSEAD business school (France & Singapore) and is CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) charter holder. 

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(updated 5 July 2015)