Executive Committee Membership
Mr Maksim Meshcheryakov
Mr Meshcheryakov possesses over 17 years of experience in the mining industry, most recently as General Director of the Traxys tin project in Russia. From 2016 he served as CEO of the Bonum investment group, where he was responsible for managing a number of large enterprises in the metallurgical industry and was a member of the Board of Directors of Vozrozhdenie Bank.
Prior to that, he held the position of General Director at Arkhangelskgeologodobycha OJSC (AGD Diamonds), a subsidiary of LUKOIL PJSC, where he managed the development of the largest diamond deposit in Europe – the V. Grib deposit – for seven years.
Mr Meshcheryakov graduated from the Tyumen International Institute of Economics and Law (including two years at the University of Edinburgh) and completed the general management programme at Harvard Business School. He also holds a certificate in Financial Accounting (CPA / New Hampshire). Mr Meshcheryakov is an honorary worker of the oil, gas and mining industry of the Arkhangelsk region, and has received various commendations from the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation.
Mr John Smelt, Head of Corporate Affairs
Mr Smelt joined Petropavlovsk PLC in October 2020 as Head of Corporate Affairs, managing the London office and the listed company functions. Mr Smelt has over twenty years’ experience in the mining sector, including as Head of Corporate Communications at KAZ Minerals PLC and as Head of Investor Relations at Rio Tinto plc. Prior to entering the corporate sector, Mr Smelt was a fund manager specialising in global mining equities.
Mr Smelt has an MA (Hons) from Edinburgh University, and is a Fellow of the Securities Institute.
Mr Danila Kotlyarov, Chief Financial Officer
Mr Danila Kotlyarov was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Petropavlovsk PLC on 1 February 2020 and as an Executive Director of Petropavlovsk PLC on 21 April 2020 a position he held until 30 June 2020. He remains in the role of Chief Financial Officer in a non-Director capacity.
Immediately prior to joining the Company, Mr Kotlyarov was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of IRC Limited a position he had held since January 2016. Prior to this he served as Deputy General Director for Finance of Aricom a position which in 2010 transferred to IRC as Deputy Chief Executive Officer, following the listing of IRC on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr Kotlyarov was appointed as Interim Chief Financial Officer of IRC in March 2015. Mr Kotlyarov remains a Director of IRC in a Non-Executive capacity.
Mr Kotlyarov has considerable experience having been employed in various position with a number of international companies.
Mr Kotlyarov holds a BA in Management from Moscow State University and a MA in International Economics from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder, member of Hong Kong and Russia Associations of Financial Analysts and has a professional diploma in civil and industrial construction.
Mr Dmitrii Chekashkin, Group Executive, Business Transformation and Operational Efficiency
Mr Dmitrii Chekashkin was appointed as Group Executive, Business Transformation and Operational Efficiency in October 2019. He is also the Group’s Chief Risk Officer and a member of the Company’s Executive Committee.
Mr Chekashkin has more than 25 years of experience in the gold mining industry. Mr Chekashkin joined the Group in 2003 where he has held various senior positions, including Group Head of Precious Metals and Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed as a Director and COO of the Company in May 2013 and resigned as a Director in March 2015 when the number of Directors on the Board was reduced. Mr Chekashkin left the Group in October 2018 for a sabbatical, returning to his new position in October 2019.
Prior to his employment with the Group he was employed as Deputy General Director of Finance for two leading gold mining enterprises in the Russian Far East.
Mr Chekashkin is a qualified engineer.