Alexander Shulgin has served as our key operating subsidiary's Chief Executive Officer since December 2017. Mr. Shulgin previously worked at Yandex, where he served as Chief Executive Officer of its Russian division from 2014 to 2017 and previously as CFO from 2010 to 2014. Mr. Shulgin earlier held a number of positions at Coca-Cola Hellenic, including as financial director at Coca-Cola Hellenic in Russia. Mr. Shulgin holds a degree in Management from Rostov-on-Don State University. He received the RBC Award for Top Manager by the leading Russian business daily RBC in 2019.
Elena Ivashentseva – Chairperson of the Board, Non-Executive Director
Elena Ivashentseva is a senior partner at Baring Vostok Capital Partners Group Limited, a leading private equity firm focused on investments in Russia and the CIS. Baring Vostok Capital Partners structured the initial investment by the Baring Vostok Private Equity Funds in Ozon in 2000, and since then Ms. Ivashentseva has been overseeing the investment in Ozon on behalf of the Baring Vostok Private Equity Funds. Ms. Ivashentseva is also a member of the board of Ivi.ru, ER-Telecom, Center for Financial Technologies and other portfolio companies of the Baring Vostok Private Equity Funds. Ms. Ivashentseva was previously a member of the board of directors of Yandex from 2000 until 2017, a Nasdaq-listed large Russian technology company in which the Baring Vostok Private Equity Funds had invested. Before joining Baring Vostok Capital Partners in 1999, Ms. Ivashentseva led telecom and media investments of the Sector Capital Fund. Ms. Ivashentseva holds a Master's degree in finance and accounting from the London School of Economics and a diploma with honors in economics and mathematics from the Novosibirsk State University. Ms. Ivashentseva is a charterholder of the CFA Institute.
Vladimir Chirakhov – Non-Executive Director
Vladimir Chirakhov has served as a Chief Executive Officer (President) and Chairman of the Management Board at Sistema since April 2020. Mr. Chirakhov is also a member of Sistema's Board of Directors and a member of Sistema's Strategy Committee and Ethics and Control Committee. From October 2012 to April 2020, Mr. Chirakhov served as a CEO of Detsky Mir, a major Russia children's goods retailer. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Chirakhov worked at Korablik, a large Russian retail network of children's goods, where he had been promoted from Commercial Director to CEO. From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Chirakhov worked in Partiya Elektronika and M.Video, other leading Russian retail companies, and served as Commercial Director at Lindex, the management company of the Expert chain, one of the largest retail chains in the home appliances segment in Europe. Mr. Chirakhov holds a degree in Applied Mathematics, having graduated with honors from the Academy of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation as an engineering mathematics specialist in 1996. Mr. Chirakhov also holds a degree in Management, having graduated with honors from the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation in 2001, and in 2013, Mr. Chirakhov completed an Executive MBA program at Moscow School of Management Skolkovo. In March 2020, Mr. Chirakhov was awarded the Order of Friendship by a Decree of the Russian President.
Emmanuel DeSousa – Independent Director
Emmanuel DeSousa is the co-Founder and a Managing Partner at Princeville Capital based in Europe. Before founding Princeville Capital in 2016, a multi-strategy growth stage global technology investor, Mr. DeSousa was Vice Chairman of Global Technology, Media & Telecom and Head of Global Internet & New Media Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank AG. Prior to the beginning of 2004, Mr. DeSousa headed Credit Suisse's Ibero-American Technology investment banking team focusing on technology companies across Europe and Latin America. In the course of his career, Mr. DeSousa has executed numerous transactions and investments across various technology sub-sectors including principally in advertising, e-commerce, data analytics, marketplaces and software. Mr. DeSousa holds a degree with honors from McGill University, a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Lydia Jett – Independent Director
Lydia Jett has served as a founding Investment Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisors (the Softbank Vision Fund) since 2015, where she focuses on investing in e-commerce, consumer internet, Fintech and robotics companies on a global basis, including SoftBank's e-commerce investments: Coupang, Fanatics, Flipkart,Tokopedia, Klook and Fetch Robotics. Prior to joining Softbank, from 2009 to 2015, Ms. Jett was a Vice President at M/C Partners, a growth equity firm focused on the communications, media and information technology sectors. From 2005 to 2007,Ms. Jett worked at Goldman Sachs in the Principal Investment Area, where she was actively involved in investments across the technology, media and education sectors. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Jett was an Investment Banking Analyst at JPMorgan. Ms. Jett also serves on the Venture Advisory Board of Silicon Valley Bank, the advisory board of multiple technology startups and investment funds and is actively involved in initiatives to promote the advancement of women in venture capital and technology. Ms. Jett holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor's degree from Smith College. Ms. Jett is also a graduate of the General Course at The London School of Economics.
Dmitry Kamensky – Non-Executive Director
Dmitry Kamensky is a partner at Baring Vostok Capital Partners Group Limited. Mr. Kamensky is also a member of the board of directors of Ivi.ru and other portfolio companies of the Baring Vostok Private Equity Funds. Mr. Kamensky joined Baring Vostok Capital Partners in 2006 and has since 2008 been involved in monitoring the Baring Vostok Private Equity Funds' investment in Ozon. Mr. Kamensky holds a Master's degree in finance from Manchester Business School and a Bachelor's degree with honors in Economics from the Moscow State University.
Peter Sirota – Independent Director
Peter Sirota has served as a Senior Vice President of Engineering at Mapbox since May 2018, where he focuses on defining and building search, map, navigation, and logistic services, building scalable distributed systems and operating services at a large scale. From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Sirota was a Senior Vice President of Engineering at Quantcast, where he helped to build a large automated advertising platform. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Sirota founded and served as a General Manager for Amazon Elastic MapReduce, a cloud big data platform for processing Petabyte-scale data using open source tools such as Apache Spark and Hadoop that enables businesses, researchers, data analysts and developers to build sophisticated machine learning and data processing solutions. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Sirota was a Senior Manager of Amazon Web Services, where he managed engineering teams to build the AWS Platform, which includes billing, accounts, authentication and authorization services upon which the AWS business is built. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Sirota was a Software Development Manager at RealNetworks, where he managed engineering teams to build the first audio and video streaming network—RealBroadcast Network (RBN). From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Sirota was a consultant at the Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Sirota holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University in Boston. Mr. Sirota also studied Economics and International Business at ESB in Reutlingen, Germany.
Alexey Katkov – Non-Executive Director
Alexey Katkov has served as a Managing Partner in Sistema since April 2018 responsible for its digital segment. From 2016 to 2020, Mr. Katkov served as the CEO and President at Sistema Venture Capital Fund, and from 2016, Mr. Katkov has been the President of its holding company, Sistema Venture Capital JSC (formerly Sistema Mass Media LLC). From 2015 to 2016, Mr. Katkov served as the First Vice President and Chief Operation Officer of Sistema Venture Capital JSC. From 2000 to 2015, Mr. Katkov worked at the Mail.ru Group, where he served as Vice President, Commercial Director and Director for International and Regional Development. In 1999, Mr. Katkov graduated from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration with a degree in Management.
Charles Ryan – Independent Director
Charles Ryan's distinguished financial career combines top level expertise and deep knowledge of both Russian and international markets. Mr. Ryan began his professional career in 1989 with CS First Boston, where he was a Financial Analyst. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Ryan was an Associate and Principal Banker with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, where he played a crucial role in St. Petersburg's privatization program for industry and real estate. In 1994, Mr. Ryan co-founded the United Financial Group, an independent investment bank in Moscow. UFG Asset Management was founded as part of the United Financial Group in 1996. In 2005, when Deutsche Bank acquired 100% of UFG's investment banking business, Mr. Ryan was appointed as the Chief Country Officer and CEO of the Deutsche Bank Group in Russia. He stepped down as the CEO of Deutsche Bank in Russia in September 2008 and became the Chairman of UFG Asset Management in October 2008. In addition to his role as the Chairman, Mr. Ryan is also responsible for the overall management of UFG's private equity business. Mr. Ryan has also served as a non-executive director of Yandex since 2011. Mr. Ryan graduated with honors in Government from Harvard College.
Emmanuel DeSousa (Chairperson) Lydia Jett Charles Ryan
Peter Sirota (Chairperson) Elena Ivashentseva Vladimir Chirakhov
Lydia Jett (Chairperson) Emmanuel DeSousa Charles Ryan