Dr Alya Samokhvalova, Deputy CEO
Dr Alfiya (Alya) Samokhvalova is Deputy Chief Executive Officer and a Member of the Safety, Sustainability and Workforce Committee of the Board of Directors. In addition, Dr Samokhvalova is Head of the Company’s Corporate Office. Dr Samokhvalova joined the Company in 2002.
Dr Samokhvalova is also a Non-Executive Director of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Global Advisory Board of Cass Business School.
Dr Samokhvalova holds a Masters in Investment Management from Cass Business School, London, and a PhD in Economics from the Moscow International High Business School, a BSc in Accounting and Audit (All Russia Distant Economic and Finance Institute, Moscow) and a BSc in Pharmacy (Alma-Ata State Medical University). She also holds a Professional Accountant Certificate from the Institute of Professional Accountants of Russia.
Mr Alexey Dubynin, Chief Financial Officer
Mr Alexey Dubynin was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in July 2018.
Mr Dubynin has been employed with the Company since 2012, initially as Group Head of Internal Audit, being appointed as Group Financial Controller in April 2013 prior to his promotion as Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to his employment with Petropavlovsk, Mr Dubynin was employed by a number of large Russian companies within the mining and metallurgical sectors, in senior financial, audit and risk roles.
Mr Dubynin is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Mr Sergey Ermolenko, General Director MC Petropavlovsk
Mr Sergey Ermolenko is the General Director of Management Company Petropavlovsk. Mr Ermolenko served as a Director and as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Petropavlovsk PLC from 18 July 2017 until 16 April 2018. He previously served in this role from December 2011 to November 2014 when Dr Pavel Maslovskiy was serving as a Russian senator.
Mr Ermolenko is one of the original members of the Group’s founding management team. He has held top managerial positions with the Group since its inception in 1994 and has been instrumental in the expansion of the Group into a multimine operation, overseeing the commissioning of Pokrovskiy, Pioneer, Malomir and Albyn.
He was appointed General Director of Management Company Petropavlovsk in 2004. In this capacity, he led the expansion of the Group into a multi mine operator.
Mr Nikolai Vlasov, Group Chief Geologist
Mr Nikolai Vlasov has many years of experience in gold exploration and mining within the Amur region.
Mr Vlasov was one of the original members of the Company’s founding management. Prior to this he was the chief geologist of the only comprehensive geological exploration expedition in the Amur Region. Mr Vlasov also headed the government department for the evaluation of gold resources in the Russian Far East.
In his role of Group Chief Geologist, Mr Vlasov leads a team of approximately 1,550 geologists conducting exploration work at the Group’s deposits.
Mr Vlasov has received various state awards including for excellence in exploration of mineral resources, Honored Prospector of mineral resources and Honored Geologist of the Russian Federation.
Mr Mikhail Safray, Senior Legal Adviser
Mr Mikhail Safray joined the Petropavlovsk Group in August 2018 and was appointed as Senior Legal Adviser in November 2018.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr Safray held a number of senior legal positions with large Russian and international companies, including his tenure at Alfa Group, Immofinanz AG and Interros. He also acted as legal counsel for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London where he was responsible for investments in industrial companies in the CIS countries and the Balkans.
Mr Safray graduated from the National Research University Higher School of Economics, summa cum laude, and received a PhD degree from the Kutafin Moscow State Law University and LL.M from the Boston University.