Executive Committee Membership
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.
Danila Kotlyarov, Chief Financial Officer
Mr Kotlyarov was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Petropavlovsk PLC on 1 February 2020. He served as an executive director of the Board from 21 April to 30 June 2020, at which time he became CFO in a non-board capacity.
From 2016 to 2020, Mr Kotlyarov was CFO and an executive member of the board of IRC. He was Deputy General Director for Finance of Aricom, a predecessor of IRC, and became Deputy Chief Executive Officer of IRC in 2010, following its listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr Kotlyarov remains a non-executive director of IRC.
Mr Kotlyarov has considerable financial and commercial experience, having been employed in senior roles at a number of international and Russian companies, including Rusagro and Wimm Bill Dann (PepsiCo).
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 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.
John Smelt, Head of Corporate Affairs
Mr Smelt joined the Company in October 2020 as Head of Corporate Affairs, managing the London office and the listed company functions. Mr Smelt has over 20 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.
Dmitrii Chekashkin, Group Executive, Business Transformation and Operational Efficiency
Mr Chekashkin was appointed as Group Executive, Business Transformation and Operational Efficiency in October 2019. He is also the Group’s Chief Risk Officer.
Mr Chekashkin has more than 25 years’ experience in the gold mining industry. He joined the Group in 2003 and has held various senior positions during his tenure, including Group Head of Precious Metals and Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed as to the Board and as COO of the Company in May 2013, stepping down in March 2015 when the number of Directors on the Board was reduced. Mr Chekashkin left the Group in October 2018, 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.
Dorcas Murray, Group Company Secretary and Corporate Counsel
Ms Murray joined the Company in November 2020 as Group Company Secretary and Corporate Counsel, based in London.
Ms Murray has 20 years’ experience of advising the boards of multinational companies listed in the UK and USA. She was Group Company Secretary of Ferroglobe PLC, the advanced metals and mining specialist listed on the NASDAQ Exchange, from 2017 to 2020. Before that, she was Head of Special Operations at GlaxoSmithKline PLC and spent 16 years as Deputy Company Secretary and Inhouse Counsel at Premier Farnell PLC, the FTSE250 global electronic distribution company, until its de-listing in 2016.
Ms Murray is a UK-qualified solicitor.
Alexey Kharitontsev, Head of Corporate Development
Mr Kharitontsev has over 20 years experience in consulting and management in investment companies and extensive experience in law, cross-border investment projects and operational management in the banking and mining industries.
From January 2016 to December 2020 Mr Kharitontsev was the deputy chief executive officer for corporate development of Highland Gold Mining Limited. Prior to this, Mr Kharitontsev held senior management and legal positions at a number of companies.
Mr Kharitontsev is a qualified lawyer in Russia. He has a Master’s degree in public strategy and an Executive MBA from the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Russia. He also has a Master of Laws from Columbia Law School, United States and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia.
John Mann, Head of Corporate Communications
John Mann joined Petropavlovsk as Head of Corporate Communications on 1 February 2021.
Mr Mann has over 25 years’ experience in the fields of public relations, public affairs, and investor relations, with a focus on natural resources companies and over two decades based in the CIS region. Before joining the Company, he was an Executive Director and Head of Communications at Highland Gold Mining Ltd. and Head of Public Relations at investment company Millhouse LLC. From 2002 to 2006, he served as Head of International Public Relations at Russian oil major, Sibneft. Prior to that, Mr Mann advised some of the world’s largest natural resources, energy, and consumer products corporations via consulting positions in Washington, DC, Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Moscow.
A native of Washington, USA, Mr Mann studied political science at Harvard University with a focus on Soviet history and politics.