Denis Alexandrov, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Denis Alexandrov was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Petropavlovsk PLC 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.

Stanislav Ploshchenko, Chief Financial Officer

Mr Ploshchenko was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Petropavlovsk PLC on 24 January 2022 and is based in Moscow.

Mr Ploshchenko has over two decades of experience in finance including CFO positions at major publicly-listed companies. He began his career at Commerzbank before joining steel and coal producer Mechel (NYSE: MTL), initially as head of corporate finance and then for seven years as CFO. He subsequently joined NASDAQ-listed CTC Media as CFO, overseeing the company’s restructuring and eventual delisting following an acquisition. Beginning in 2016, he served in several senior posts at East Mining Company, including CFO, acting CEO, and deputy CEO for business efficiency.

Mr Ploshchenko holds a master’s degree in international securities, investment and banking from the University of Reading (UK) as well as finance degrees from the Russian State Academy of Finance and the University of Portsmouth (UK).

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.