Alrosa Names New CEO
Sergey Ivanov Jr., who is under U.S. sanction, is out, replaced by Almazy Anabara CEO Pavel Marinychev.
Marinychev succeeds Sergey Ivanov Jr., who became Alrosa’s youngest CEO when he was appointed to the position in 2017 but came under U.S. sanction shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine because of his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ivanov Jr. is the son of Sergey Ivanov Sr., a high-ranking Kremlin official who has been on the Office of Foreign Asset Control’s Specially Designated Nationals list since 2014, and he is a board member of Russian financial institution Gazprombank, another sanctioned entity.
Reports of his pending resignation first started circulating in December.
He is stepping down from his position as Alrosa CEO about two years early, as his contract does not expire until 2025, and the official announcement of his resignation comes just as the G7 is weighing tighter sanctions on Russian diamonds globally.
In appointing Marinychev, Alrosa said it has chosen a leader who is a “highly skilled, advanced, proactive manager and a deeply decent person always caring about people’s wellbeing.”
Marinychev will serve a three-year term as CEO.
The company, which remains under sanction, said his appointment is “aimed to address the current challenges the company is facing, given his extensive experience in mining and huge expertise in diamond production, exceptional personal effectiveness and high potential in management.”
The 44-year-old Marinychev started his career in 2000 as a specialist in the Economics Department at the Republic of Sakha’s (Yakutia’s) Ministry of Fuel and Energy.
He spent more than a decade in various government roles, including serving as first deputy chairman of Yakutia overseeing geology, subsoil use, industry, housing, energy and construction from 2010 to 2016.
In 2016, he became CEO of JSC Almazy Anabara, the Alrosa subsidiary that mines diamonds in Yakutia.
Marinychev was born in Yakutsk, the capital of Yakutia, and is married with two daughters.
He said, “As CEO, I’ll keep working to consolidate the company’s dominant position on the global diamond market. Our strategic objectives remain the same. We will develop our resource base, increase production efficiency and enhance management quality despite the challenging geopolitical environment.
“As before, special focus will be given to the growth of Alrosa’s talent pool as well as to health and safety issues and environmental protection. We will unquestionably continue our support of social and environmental projects in the regions of our operations.”
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