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Roustam Tariko

Roustam Tariko

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Russian Standard Corporation

Roustam has built one of Russia’s largest and most-profitable private consumer finance banks, Russian Standard Bank, as well as Russian Standard Vodka, Russia’s number-one premium vodka, and Roust Inc., a leading distributor of premium spirits. Roustam has led the expansion of the Russian Standard brand to include a majority share in Gancia, the legendary Italian sparkling wine producer, and in CEDC, one of the largest vodka producers in the world.

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Nelia Nuriakhmetova

Nelia Nuriakhmetova

CEO, Russian Standard Corporation

President, Russian Standard Foundation

Nelia has served in a number of executive positions at Russian Standard since its founding in 1992. In 2008, she was appointed CEO of Russian Standard Corporation. She also leads Russian Standard’s philanthropic initiatives as president of the Russian Standard Foundation. A graduate of Leningrad Hydrometeorological Institute, Nelia supplemented her education with a degree in international trade from Rackow Schule, Hamburg.

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Igor Kosarev

Igor Kosarev

Vice President

Russian Standard Corporation

One of the company’s longest-serving executives, Igor has worked at all Russian Standard’s businesses – in spirits distribution, premium vodka production, consumer banking and insurance – as an adviser and executive. In addition to managing Russian Standard’s investment projects in Russia, Igor oversees government relations for all Russian Standard companies.

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Dmitri Gultsev

Dmitri Gultsev

Finance director

Russian Standard Corporation

Dmitri’s professional background includes more than 15 successful years with a number of large domestic and international companies. Between 2004 and 2013, he played a key role on Heineken’s team, where he was responsible for several large-scale projects including reorganizations of the company’s commercial and operational functions. Since 2013, Dmitri has been serving as the Finance Director of the leading alcohol manufacturer Russian Standard Vodka. Dmitri is a graduate of the St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance.

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Financial Services

Alexander Samokhvalov

Alexander Samokhvalov

Chairman of the Board

Russian Standard Bank

Alexander was born in 1979 in Moscow. He graduated in 2001 from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation with a degree in Accounting, Auditing and Analysis. From 2005 to 2011 he was in charge of financial units in large Russian and international companies, including IKANO Finance (IKANO Group) and Loyalty Programs Center JSC (Program "Spasibo" from Sberbank). In June 2012 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer in Leto Bank JSC. In October 2013 he joined the Management Board of Leto Bank JSC. Between 2014 and 2016 he held a position of Deputy President – CEO of Post Bank PJSC. In October 2016, Alexander joined Russian Standard Bank as First Deputy Chairman of the Board, becoming Chairman of the Board in May 2017.

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Mikhail Kopitayko

Mikhail Kopitayko

CEO

Russian Standard Insurance

Mikhail joined Russian Standard Insurance as Deputy CEO in 2011, leading the development of medical insurance and was appointed CEO in 2016. He holds a PhD in Economics, an MBA

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Spirits

Pavel Merkul

Pavel Merkul

CEO

Global

Pavel has joined Russian Standard in 2009 and was appointed to the position of Managing Director of Russian Standard Corporation and member of the Board of Directors of Roust Corporation in 2013. He was responsible for the key strategic projects of Russian Standard Group, including mergers and acquisitions, post-merger integration and business development, as well as Russian Standard Group's finances. On December 13, 2017, Pavel was appointed to the position of Global CEO of Roust Corporation. Prior to joining Russian Standard, Pavel worked with a leading global management consulting firm the Boston Consulting Group focusing on strategy development and execution, operational efficiency and business portfolio management projects for both multinational and local companies. He received BA in economics from Moscow State University and MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore.

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Yaroslav Zakharov

Yaroslav Zakharov

CFO

Global

Yaroslav joined Roust Group in October 2017 as Roust Russia CFO. In December 2017, he was appointed Roust Group Global CFO. In this role, Yaroslav is responsible for the financial management of all Roust Group companies and production sites. Yaroslav began his career in 1995 joining the multinational FMCG giant PepsiCo. In 2001, he moved to AB InBev, a world leading brewer, where he worked his way up from a finance controller to the Finance Director responsible for Strategic Planning & Business Performance Management in Central & Eastern Europe. During his tenure at AB InBev, he also had direct commercial experience, successfully running Sales in the capacity of Regional Sales Director and National On-Trade Channel Director. In 2014, Yaroslav continued his career as CFO for Russia, India, the Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Kraft Heinz. Yaroslav received his MSc in Economics and Business Management from Sochi State University, and his Executive MBA from INSEAD/Wharton Leadership Programm.

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Vassilen Tzanov

Vassilen Tzanov

CEO

Russia

Vassilen possesses 20 years of management experience in the production and sales of soft drinks and alcohol products in Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Roust, he worked in senior positions at HOOP, HEINEKEN and CEDC.

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