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

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.

Vladimir Gagić,
Director for Refining

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.

Sergey Fominykh,
Deputy CEO, Director of Energy Block

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

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.

Oksana Kovaleva,
Deputy CEO, Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs Function

Graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Syktyvkar State University and received the qualification of a lawyer in 1998, and after graduating from the Faculty of Economics in 2007, she received a title of a finance expert.

She began her professional career as an expert of the Antimonopoly Committee of Russia and continued her career as a leading lawyer in a major international pulp and paper industry. After that, having moved to St. Petersburg, she worked as the head of the judicial department, and later headed the tax practice of an American consulting law firm.

Then she continued to work in the leading positions of the legal department in one of the largest vertically integrated companies in the oil and gas industry, led the areas for protecting the company in the field of antimonopoly, tax, customs, and currency legislation. Prior to joining NIS, she headed the Center for Regulatory Law and Judicial Protection. The Center was responsible for industrial safety and labor protection, ecology and subsoil use, tax and customs law, antimonopoly regulation, judicial protection. In addition to legal issues, the Center, led by Oksana (more than 100 lawyers throughout the Russian Federation), was involved in the development and implementation of strategies for protecting the company's public law interests, managing projects for the digitalization of legal support, the project of a system for recording inspections and the judicial base.

During her work, she has repeatedly received awards and commendations - both corporate and federal. She was included in the list of the Best Lawyers of the Russian Federation according to The Chamber 500, recognized as the Best Corporate Lawyer of the Russian Federation.

In June 2022, she was appointed to the position of Deputy CEO, Director of Function for Legal and Corporate Affairs of NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad.

Oksana speaks English.

Miloš Grbić,
Deputy CEO, Director of Procurement Function

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

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

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.

Ivan Dmitriev,
Director of the HSE Function

He graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University with a degree in law.

He began his career in the oil and gas industry at TNK-BP, where he worked in various positions in downstream, from the vice president’s chief of staff to the deputy general director for HSE at the Ryazan refinery, Russia.

While developing his career, Ivan continued his education, successfully working on the MBO program at the Russian Academy of National Economy and a business analytics course at the Harvard Business School.

Ivan joined NIS in 2014 as the advisor to the refining director. Three years later, he became the director of the OMS project office before moving to the position of the HSE Function Director in early 2022.

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

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 .

Jelena Popara,
Director of the Internal Audit Function

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.

Goran Stojilkovic,
Deputy CEO for Petrochemical Operations

He graduated Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Technology in Belgrade in 1995.

He started his career in the company Zdravlje Actavis Serbia, as a chemical engineer in the laboratory for organic chemistry. Afterwards, he worked as a specialist on a pilot plant and then as a technical director of the Chemistry department. In 2003 he was appointed Deputy CEO and in December 2004 he became the CEO of the Company. In 2007 he was named the manager of the year by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. From April 2009 until arrival to NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad he was the CEO of the company Operations Actavis UK Ltd. Since 2012 he is employed by NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad as Deputy CEO for Petrochemical Operations. He is elected member of Supervisory Board in HIP Petrohemija in March 2013. In August 2021 he was elected president of the National Petroleum Committee of Serbia.

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

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