Board of Directors
Mr 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.
Mr Denis Alexandrov, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Mr Denis Alexandrov was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Petropavlovsk PLC and as an Executive Director on 1 December 2020.
Mr Alexandrov is a highly experienced executive in mining and natural resources, including the Russian gold sector, and has a strong track record of delivering operational excellence and superior shareholder returns. From January 2016 through November 2020, Mr Alexandrov was Chief Executive Officer of Highland Gold Mining Limited, a top 10 Russian gold producer and developer with exploration assets.
Prior to joining Highland Gold, Mr Alexandrov held a series of senior positions and board roles at mining and natural resources companies, including 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.
Ms 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.
Mr 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.
Mr Maxim Kharin, Non-Executive Director
Mr Maxim Kharin was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Petropavlovsk PLC on 21 April 2020.
Mr Kharin currently serves as the Director for Economics and Finance at Uzhuralzoloto Group of Companies (‘UGC’), a role he has held since 2012, and where he has also served as Chairman of its Board since 2018.
Mr Kharin has a degree in Computer-aided Systems of Management from the Far Eastern State Technical University of Russia and became a qualified accountant in 2006. Prior to joining UGC as CFO, Mr Kharin held several roles in the International Audit Department at Moore Stephens where he held the title of Senior Auditor and Director and was responsible for the independent audit of companies across a range of sectors, including mining, with a particular focus on the transformation of Russian Accounting Standards to IFRS.
Mr Kharin was nominated as a Director of Petropavlovsk by UGC, the Company’s largest shareholder.
Mr Kharin is a member of the Nomination, Risk, Audit and Safety, Sustainability & Workforce Committees.