The Board comprises the following executive and non-executive directors who bring significant expertise and experience to the Group's operations and activities:
|Charles Ryan||Non-Executive Chairman||April 2009|
|Alexander Dorogov||Chief Executive Officer||July 2018|
|Robert Sasson||Non-Executive Director||June 2013|
|Florian Fenner||Non-Executive Director||September 2017|
|Lou Naumovski||Non-Executive Director||September 2017|
|Stewart Dickson||Non-Executive Director||September 2017|
Board of Directors
Charles Ryan – Non-Executive Chairman
Charles Ryan is a graduate of Harvard University. He was an Associate and Principal Banker with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, before becoming a founder director of UFG. After UFG sold its investment banking business to Deutsche Bank in 2006, he spent two years as Chief Country Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank in Russia, stepping down in October 2008 to become Chairman of UFG Asset Management.
He is also a general partner with Almaz Capital and a director of PGI Group plc, Yandex N.V., Limitless Mobile Limited, Preferred Sands, Acumatica and serves on the Harvard Global Advisory Council and Capital International Inc. Advisory Board.
Alexander Dorogov – Chief Executive Officer
Alexander Dorogov graduated from the State Finance Academy in Moscow with a degree in financial management. Alexander was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in July 2018, having held the appointment of Chief Financial Officer. He joined the board of Trans-Siberian Gold plc in December 2017. Prior to joining Trans-Siberian Gold Management LLC in November 2008, he was Chief Financial Officer of the Alumina division of UC Rusal from 2005 to 2008. From 2009 till 2014 he also held positions of deputy CEO and CFO of Ferroalloys division of Mechel. Between 2001 and 2005 he held various senior positions with a private investment fund, supervising the acquisition of gold mines in Siberia and Far East Russia, and previously spent five years with United Financial Group.
Robert Sasson – Non-Executive Director
Robert Sasson graduated from Exeter University with a degree in Russian Studies and International Government. He worked for Phibro Salomon before serving as the head of the St Petersburg office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development from 1993.
Prior to joining UFG Asset Management in 2009, he spent three years with a leading US hedge fund on private equity transactions in Russia and Ukraine.
Florian Fenner – Non-Executive Director
Florian Fenner joined UFG Asset Management as Managing Partner in July 2002. In addition to his role as Managing Partner, Mr. Fenner is also responsible for the overall management of UFG's public markets funds business.
Prior to joining UFG, from 2000 to 2002, he was the Head of Unifund’s Moscow office with responsibility for its Russia portfolio. From 1996, Mr. Fenner served as the Deputy Head of Research at Brunswick Brokerage, one of Russia’s leading investment banks and, in 1997, he became the Russian Equity Portfolio Manager for Brunswick Capital Management.
Before joining Brunswick Brokerage, he worked as an investment banker for Schroder Munchmeyer Hengst Co. in their Frankfurt office. Mr. Fenner is a CFA charterholder and holds a degree in banking from Industrie- und Handelskammer in Frankfurt-am-Main.
Lou Naumovski – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Naumovski has more than three decades of experience working in Russia, most recently as Vice President and General Director of the Moscow office for Kinross Gold Corporation ("Kinross"), the largest Canadian investor in Russia. He also developed the business of Visa International, serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager Visa International Service Organisation (VISA), CEMEA region.
Additionally, he served as Senior Banker and Head of Mission for the Russian Team of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or the "Bank") in Moscow. While at EBRD, the Bank undertook more than half a billion dollars in financing of various projects, and he represented the Bank when the Russian Prime Minister's Foreign Investment Advisory Council was first founded.
Mr. Naumovski has a BA (Honours) in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto and an MA in International Relations (specialised in Russian / Soviet affairs) from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Stewart Dickson – Non-Executive Director
Stewart Dickson was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of ASX listed Variscan Mines Limited in 2017, having accumulated a decade of investment banking experience.
His prior appointment was as Managing Director and Head of Metals & Mining at Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, based in London. He had responsibility for client coverage of public and private mining companies across precious metals and base metals, bulks, fertilizers and specialty metals. He has a broad range of international financial advisory, equity capital markets and corporate broking transaction experience including initial public offerings, financings and M&A.
Prior to investment banking, Mr. Dickson served in the British Army as a commissioned officer and saw operational service overseas. Stewart is a graduate of University College London and holds a MBA from Henley Business School.
Simon Olsen – Company Secretary – TSG plc
Simon Olsen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Thomson McLintock, London, after graduating with a law degree from Oxford University. After 13 years in various senior financial and administrative roles with the Maersk shipping and industrial group in London, Jakarta and Manila, he spent four years with Sierra Rutile, latterly as Chief Financial Officer and six years as Company Secretary of Navan Mining pic. He was appointed as the Company's Finance Director in 2004 and stepped down from the Board at the Annual General Meeting on 30 June 2017.
Konstantin Kornienko - Managing Director- ZAO Trevozhnoe Zarevo - TZ
Mr. Kornienko has more than 15 years of experience working at gold-processing plants, of which a decade has been in managerial positions. His previous experience includes building and operating gold-processing plants at Pervenets-Verninskoe (Polyus), Vysochaishy (GV Gold) and Severnoe Zoloto (Kinross Gold). Since 2011 he has been responsible for the gold-processing plant at the Asacha Gold Mine.
Alexey Malevanov - Chief Engineer - ZAO Trevozhnoe Zarevo - TZ
Mr. Malevanov has more than 15 years of experience in the mining industry, mainly in managerial positions in underground mining operations located in Far-East Russia.
Prior to joining TZ, he was Deputy Executive Director at Berezitovy Mine in the Amur Region (Nordgold) between 2016 and 2018. He was Deputy Director of the Severny Rudnik (Norilsk Nickel) between 2014 and 2016, and Chief Engineer of Irtysh Rudnik (Kazakhstan, Kazakhmys Corporation) between 2011 and 2013. His previous experience includes managerial positions at the Julietta, Karalveem and Mnogovershinnoe mines.
Mr. Malevanov, is a graduate of the Donbass Mining and Metallurgical Institute and Novosibirsk State University of Economics and Management.
Eugene Antonov - Chief Operating Officer - TSGM
Mr. Antonov has more than 20 years of experience in the mining industry, mainly in managerial positions with responsibility for mine site operations and finance. In his previous appointments, he has established a track record of leading change, financial management and harnessing technology to drive operational efficiencies. Most recently he was an integral part of the leadership team at the Kupol Mine in Far East Russia which generated the largest annual cash flow and achieved the lowest operating cost across Kinross Gold Corporation (“Kinross”).
Prior to joining TSGM, Mr. Antonov spent 11 years at Kinross where latterly he was a Director of Commercial and Supply Chain Management Operations. He was responsible for directing the implementation of policies and procedures for adherence to Kinross’s and regulatory standards incorporating CSR, HR, life of mine plans, strategic business plans and annual budgets as well as the coordination of in-country logistical, operational and informational requirements. Between 1999 and 2007, he was employed at Bema Gold Corporation in Canada in various executive finance roles, including Director of Finance, until its acquisition by Kinross. His previous experience includes managerial positions at Teck in Canada.
Mr. Antonov, is a graduate of Pace University in New York and holds a MBA awarded by the Rotman School of Management in Toronto. Mr Antonov is also a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants in Canada.