Chief Executive Officer
Denis AlexandrovChief Executive Officer
Denis Alexandrov has served as Chief Executive Officer of Highland Gold’s operating arm, Russdragmet LLC, since January 2016. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Alexandrov held a series of senior positions and board memberships at mining and natural resources companies, most recently as CEO and Director of Auriant Mining AB, a Swedish company focused on gold production in Russia, and as Managing Director at A1 Investment Company and Chief Financial Officer at Arlan Investment Company, both of which had substantial holdings in the mining industry. From 2003 to 2006, Mr Alexandrov worked as Finance Director and board member at Highland Gold. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland (USA) and Far-Eastern State University (Russia), holds an eMBA from the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, and is a chartered accountant (UK).
Director of Human Resources and Administration
Elena BabkinaDirector of Human Resources and Administration
Elena graduated from South Ural State University and passed a hands-on course for directors at the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management. Elena held several positions in the HR Department of Lafarge Cement Urals, including HR specialist (2008-2009), training manager (2009-2011) and project manager for the implementation of the plant’s operational model across two operating sites (2010-2012). Before joining the company, she served as HR Manager at Auriant Mining.
Managing Director for the Far East Region
Sergey BaikalovManaging Director for the Far East Region
Sergey Baikalov has a mining diploma from the Krasnoyarsk State Non-Ferrous and Gold Academy and over 20 years of experience in the mining industry. Prior to joining the company, Sergey served as Chief Operating Officer in the head office of Auriant Mining and as General Director of Auriant's Tardan mine. Prior to that, he served as mine director for the Solvay ferronickel mine in Guatemala, and managed Rusal's mining division in Guinea. His Russian experience includes overseeing a large sand-gravel quarry in the Kaluga Region and work on a major gold mining asset in the Krasnoyarsk region.
Chief Financial Officer
Alla BaranovskayaChief Financial Officer
Based in Moscow, Alla Baranovskaya has served as Chief Financial Officer since 1 June 2011. She is a graduate of the Moscow State University with a major in economics. From 2006 to 2007, she worked as CFO and Director of major Russian oil and gas company Slavneft. From 2008 to 2010, she was CFO of Russneft oil and gas company.
Head of Procurement
Yury FrolovHead of Procurement
Mr. Frolov joined the company in 2009. Prior to that, he worked in several positions in oil company Sibneft and Gazprom-neft, including Deputy Chief of Procurement, and Chief Engineer of regional development projects of Far East Federal District. He is a graduate of Higher Military School in Engineering, he received a degree in law from Moscow Institute of Law Ministry of Internal Affairs, and an MBA degree in logistics management.
Deputy CEO for Corporate Development
Aleksey KharitontsevDeputy CEO for Corporate Development
Aleksey Kharitonstev is a graduate of Lomonosov Moscow State University. He holds an EMBA Certificate from the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School (NY). Aleksey has over 12-years of experience in management and consulting in investment companies and vast experience in the implementation of cross-border investment projects, including business restructuring and M&A for major assets in Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union. Posts held include Legal and Corporate Development Director at RT-Invest (Rostec) and senior legal positions in Trustcom, Iterpipe and Coalco AG.
Chief Operating Officer
Anton KimChief Operating Officer
Anton Kim joined the company in 2017 fr om Norilsk Nickel, wh ere he had served as Group Mineral Resource Management Director. His previous employment includes several senior management positions at Kazakhmys Corporation. At both companies, he oversaw the implementation of a series of major exploration and capital projects. Anton holds an honors degree in geology and a graduate diploma in engineering science from Lomonosov Moscow State University, as well as an executive MBA from the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management.
Head of Health & Safety
Vyacheslav KrzhanovskyHead of Health & Safety
Vyacheslav has over a quarter century of experience in the mining and metallurgy industry. He began his career at coal miner Vorkutagugol JSC and more recently worked at such firms as Severstal-Resource and United Metallurgical Company, where he was responsible for developing and providing methodological support for projects on changing the culture of industrial safety. Vyacheslav is a graduate of the Vorkutinsk Mining Institute with a specialty in underground mining, and received a higher degree in health & safety management from the Academy of Labor and Social Relations.
Deputy CEO for Business Transformation
Egor MaslovDeputy CEO for Business Transformation
Egor is an expert in the field of auditing, re-engineering and improving business processes. Before joining the Highland Gold team, he worked in KPMG, Rosatom and EPF and performed several transformation projects in the financial and machinery industries. Egor graduated from the economics and management department of the Saint Petersburg State University of Economics. He holds an MBA from the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management.
Deputy CEO for Geology
Igor PashkovDeputy CEO for Geology
Mr Pashkov has over three decades of experience in the gold mining industry, working in various positions across the profession since 1982. From 1996 to 2002, he was Chief Geologist in a Russian-Canadian-American joint venture for the Kuranakh ore heap leaching project. From 2006 until 2013, he worked at investment company А1, with primary responsibilities focused on identifying, appraising and developing attractive mining and processing investment projects in Russia and abroad. Igor joined Auriant Mining in 2013 and rose to the position of Deputy CEO for Geology in spring 2014. He joined the Company in 2016 and was named Depute CEO for Geology in 2017.
Deputy CEO for Organizational Development and Managing Director for the Chukotka Region
Sergey ShumilovDeputy CEO for Organizational Development and Managing Director for the Chukotka Region
Sergey Shumilov graduated from Saratov State University with an MSc in radio technics. He holds an MBA Certificate from the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management. In 1998-2006, Sergey worked in sales and marketing at Philip Morris Russia. From 2007 through 2009, he served as Training and Development Manager at Lafarge Voskresenskcement, and subsequently as HR Director at Lafarge Russia until 2012. From 2012 to 2015, he was Deputy General Director for HR at Auriant Mining, while concurrently serving as general director of a private gold mining company in Chukotka.
Deputy CEO for Engineering & Design and Research & Development
Alexander ZabolotskyDeputy CEO for Engineering & Design and Research & Development
Alexander Zabolotsky graduated from the S. Ordzhonikidze Moscow Exploration Institute. His experience includes positions at the ARMZ Uranium Holding, UGMK-Holding, and Ural Geotechnological Company, as well as holding the post of Deputy CEO at Auriant Mining. With a DSc in geology and mineralogy, Alexander is an acknowledged expert in heap and underground leaching of non-ferrous and noble metals and is a certified GKZ expert. He co-authored several innovative mining projects in recent years: underground leaching of gold and platinum-group metals from weathering crust and placers; nickel from silica ores; copper from flooded mines; and complex processing of man-made ores in stockpiles and tailings storage facilities.