Board of Directors
James W Cameron Jr, Chairman
Mr James Cameron Jr. was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Petropavlovsk PLC on 15 October 2018 and as Chairman on 17 August 2020.
Mr Cameron, a US qualified lawyer, has extensive international experience, providing expertise and consulting services for companies particularly in the natural resources sector within Russia and the former Soviet Union, since 1988. He was formerly Founder, CEO and Chairman of Occupational Urgent Care Systems Inc., a company traded on the NASDAQ National Market System until it was sold in 1992.
Mr Cameron is a member of the Nomination, Risk, Audit and Safety, Sustainability & Workforce Committees.
Charlotte Philipps, Senior Independent Director
Ms Charlotte Philipps was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Petropavlovsk PLC on 8 November 2019 and as Senior Independent Director of Petropavlovsk PLC on 17 August 2020.
Ms Philipps has extensive experience in corporate financing and equity transactions in Russia and in other transitional former Soviet and CMEA countries, principally focused on natural resources. Ms Philipps is a member of the Strategy and Investment Committee of Inter RAO UES, Russia’s largest integrated utility company. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Board of CAPTIS Intelligence Inc., a US-based global industry leader in security and crime prevention and chairs the Board of one of the UK’s largest architecture firms.
Ms Philipps, a German national and qualified lawyer, relocated to London in 1993 to join the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, where she held a number of senior positions, latterly as Senior Banker for EBRD’s Natural Resources Team, before accepting the appointment of President & CEO of AIG Russia Century Fund, Moscow. Ms Philipps lived and worked in Moscow during the period 2006 to 2014. Ms Philipps speaks a number of languages, including Russian.
Ms Philipps is a member of the Nomination, Risk, Safety, Sustainability & Workforce Committees, Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Malay Mukherjee, Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Malay Mukherjee was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Petropavlovsk PLC on 24 August 2020.
Mr Malay Mukherjee has over 40 years of experience in a range of technical, commercial and managerial roles in the mining and steel industry.
Mr Mukherjee is the lead independent non-executive director of JSW Steel Ltd., one of India’s leading steel companies, prior to which Mr Mukherjee served as the CEO of Essar Steel Global, a large integrated steel company in India from 2009 to 2011.
Mr Mukherjee worked for Arcelor Mittal from 1993 to 2009. He was a member of the Board of Directors at Arcelor Mittal between 2008 and 2009. Between 2006 and 2008, Mr Mukherjee served as the Senior Executive Vice President at Arcelor Mittal and a Member of the Group Management Board. He was in charge of mines and operations in Africa, Asia, southern Europe (Bosnia, Macedonia), CIS, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and also responsible for Stainless Steel, Pipes and Tubes and Technology. He also served as the COO for Mittal Steel Company between 2004 and 2006.
Mr Mukherjee is a recipient of the MECON Award from the Indian Institute of Metals. Mr Mukherjee holds a Master’s degree in mining from the USSR State Commission in Moscow and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India. Mr Mukherjee is a Member of Academy of Natural Sciences Kazakhstan and Life Member in the Indian Institute of Metals. He was awarded a letter of appreciation from the President of Kazakhstan for work rendered in Kazakhstan from 1995 to 1999.
Mr Mukherjee is a member of the Nomination, Risk, Safety, Sustainability & Workforce Committees, Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Mikhail Irzhevsky, Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Mikhail Irzhevsky was appointed as a Independent Non-Executive Director of Petropavlovsk PLC on 16 April 2021.
Mr Irzhevsky has over 25 years of commercial experience with significant expertise in internal controls, governance, corporate law and M&A transactions, including in the resources sector and in Russia. Since 2018 Mr Irzhevsky has been the Deputy CEO for Legal Affairs of the Russian Direct Investment Fund. Mr Irzhevsky joined the Board of Bank Trust in 2018 and has served as Chairman of the Audit Committee since 2019. From 2013 to 2018 Mr Irzhevsky was the Vice-President for Legal Affairs at PJSC Rostelecom and in 2016 – 2017 served on its Board of Directors. From 1999 to 2013 Mr Irzhevsky was practising law at the international law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, including as a partner from 2007.
Mr Irzhevsky is a qualified lawyer, having studied at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, and is a former member of the Moscow Regional Bar Association.
Mr Irzhevsky is a Russian national and a fluent English speaker.
Mr Irzhevsky is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Evgeny Potapov, Non-Executive Director
Mr Evgeny Potapov was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Petropavlovsk PLC on 12 July 2021.
Mr Potapov currently serves as vice president for development and strategy at Uzhuralzoloto Group of Companies (‘UGC’), a role he has held since July 2020.
A graduate of the Irkutsk State University Law School with a degree in civil law, Mr Potapov began his career in entrepreneurship and, since 2001, has held a series of senior executive positions in major natural resources companies, including coal producer Vostsibugol, steelmakers Evraz Group and Industrial Union of Donbass, Norilsk Nickel, fertilizer giant Uralkali and iron ore producer Metalloinvest.
Mr Potapov was nominated as a Director of Petropavlovsk by UGC, the Company’s largest shareholder.
Mr Potapov is a member of the Nominations and Safety, Sustainability & Workforce Committees.