Management

Pavel Lyakhovich was born in Leningrad in 1970. A Management Board member since 2014, he serves as Head of SIBUR’s Basic Polymers Division and oversees implementation of a new operating model.

In 1993, he graduated with honours from the Leningrad Shipbuilding Institute with degrees in Marine Machinery and Mechanisms, and in Marketing. Prior to joining SIBUR, Pavel headed a large trading company and managed a scientific production association both focusing on petrochemical products. Pavel believes that this experience gave him valuable industry insights on a wide range of topics from organising research work to understanding the mechanics of chemical markets. Pavel joined SIBUR in 2011.

In 2012, he became Head of Sales and Marketing at SIBUR’s Plastics and Organic Synthesis Division and, in 2014, took over this division, playing the key role in developing this segment of the Company's business. In this role, he was responsible for development projects, M&As, and non-core asset divestiture, i.e. “everything that makes SIBUR a more dynamic, advanced company with an ever-improving product portfolio” as he calls it.

During business restructuring, Pavel became responsible first for the elastomers segment (in 2016) and then for the production support function (in 2018). Among other projects, he was involved in launching Russia’s first and only and Europe’s largest DOTP facility in Perm, and in building Jamnagar-based butyl rubber plant licensed by SIBUR together with India’s Reliance that has captured 25% of the global butyl rubber market.

The qualities Pavel appreciates in others include intellectual curiosity, tolerance, ability to value partnership, and determination. His own hobbies are reflective of the same values – Pavel is a regular theatre-goer, traveller and book lover. In addition, Pavel plays football, enjoys alpine skiing and jogging. He has four children.

Andrey Petrov, Director for Economics and Efficiency Management

Date of birth: 29 April 1985

Andrey graduated from the Moscow Banking School of the Central Bank of Russia and from the Moscow Academy for Industry and Finance and holds an MBA degree.

He has been working at SIBUR since 2010, including within its Internal Audit function. He has experience in executing organisational projects, such as the implementation of SIBUR’s production system and business processes re-engineering.

Before SIBUR, Andrey worked as an external auditor for Russian and global companies.

He is in charge of financial reporting and management accounting (including planning), personnel and business performance management, strategy, and development.

Alla Potapova

Chief Operating Officer

Date of birth: 16 January 1976

Alla graduated from the Moscow Technical University of Communications and Informatics in 1998 with a degree in Economics and Enterprise Management.

She joined SIBUR in 2008.

2010–2012 – Head of Hydrocarbons Supply, Commercial Office, Hydrocarbons Division

2012–2013 – Manager, Hydrocarbons Division

2013–2014 – Head of Strategic Feedstock Supply

2014–2016 – Head of Hydrocarbons Division

2016–2017 – Head of Feedstock Supply and Operational Control

2017–2019 – Director for Feedstock Supply and Operational Control

2019–2020 – Director for Supply Chain Management

2020–2021 – Head of Supply Chain Management

July 2021 – present – Chief Operating Officer, BIAXPLEN

Alexander Kharkovsky

Director for Sales and Technical Service

Date of birth: 4 April 1976

Alexander holds two university degrees – one in Management as an engineering economist (Kuban State Technological University, Faculty of Economics) and one in Government Law (Kuban State Agrarian University, Faculty of Law). Alexander has spent 23 years at Mars, working his way up from a sales manager to Global Distributor Services Director. In July 2021, Alexander Kharkovsky was appointed Director for Sales and Technical Service at BIAXPLEN.

Natalya Kotlyarova

HR Director

Date of birth: 23 August 1985

Natalya graduated from Moscow Pedagogical State University with a degree in Pedagogy and Psychology.

She joined SIBUR in 2013 and has worked her way up from Senior HR Management Expert to HR Director at SIBUR International.

Natalya focuses on ambitious tasks aimed at improving the existing procedures for talent identification and development, succession planning, and HR processes.

Vladimir Kushnerev

Head of Production

Date of birth: 3 April 1972

Vladimir graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Kursk State Technical University in 1996 with a degree in Metalworking Machinery and Tools.

His experience in production management spans over 15 years. Vladimir started his career as a maintenance officer before being put in charge of production nine years later.

Before SIBUR, Vladimir Kushnerev supervised production at a number of major Russian companies, managing to increase production volumes, implement unified procedures, successfully optimise costs and set up new operations.

Maxim Sosunov

Chief Engineer

Date of birth: 23 April 1981

Maxim holds two university degrees. He graduated from Boris Yeltsin Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg with the degree of Engineer in Metallurgical Machinery and Equipment and from Ural State University of Economics in Yekaterinburg, majoring in National and World Economics. Maxim worked his way up from repair technician to Chief Engineer and Director for Repairs and Maintenance. His career spans work at Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant, Mechel Group, Pervouralsk New Pipe Plant, ChelPipe, and VSMPO-AVISMA.

On 23 May 2021, Maxim Sosunov assumed the position of Chief Engineer at BIAXPLEN.

Konstantin Zernin

Chief Process Engineer

Konstantin holds two degrees fr om Perm National Research Polytechnic University: in 2001, he majored in Chemical Technology of Natural Energy and Carbon Materials, while in 2006 he obtained a degree in Corporate Management.

Konstantin's career at SIBUR began at SIBUR-Khimprom wh ere he was appointed Chief Process Engineer in 2015 before moving on to BIAXPLEN to take up the same position in 2020.

Andrey Lutsik

Head of Supply Chain, Logistics, Customer Service

Andrey graduated fr om Yaroslavl State Technical University with a degree in Chemical Technology of Organic Substances.

He joined SIBUR in October 2018 as senior expert in the Economic Planning Unit within the Supply Chain function. In mid-2020, he was promoted to become a manager in charge of the production volume scheduling, sales and control of synthetic rubber business processes.

Andrey's track record includes a seven year stint with a Serbian team at a production site in Bosnia and Herzegovina wh ere he worked his way up from an engineer at a crude distillation unit to the head of production planning.

In his new capacity, Andrey will focus on boosting the efficiency of production volume scheduling, managing end product flows and advancing Supply Chain, Logistics and Customer Service functions at BIAXPLEN.

Alexey Gich

Head of Sales in Russia and the CIS

Date of birth: 30 April 1973

Alexey holds two university degrees. In 1994, he graduated from Military Institute of Physical Culture, and in 2004 from Moscow International Higher Business School MIRBIS with a degree in Economics, majoring in Finance and Credit.

Prior to joining SIBUR in 2012, Alexey held senior positions at several private companies.

In 2018, he joined the BIAXPLEN team.

Alexey Gich oversees sales in Russia and the CIS.

Pavel Baldykov

Head of Health, Safety and Environment

Pavel graduated fr om the Chemical Biology Faculty of Togliatti State University with an engineering degree in Chemical Technology of Organic Substances. He made significant career advancements at Togliattikauchuk (formerly owned by SIBUR), wh ere he worked both in chemical production (operator, shift manager, unit manager) and as a process engineer.

For over seven years, Pavel was in charge of H&S, production control, civil defence and emergency response units at the Togliatti production site.

As Head of Health, Safety and Environment at BIAXPLEN, Pavel is responsible for developing long-term HSE plans and programmes, streamlining the H&S and environmental management processes, building HSE competencies and safety culture among employees and contractors, interacting with the government agencies and executive authorities, and obtaining relevant HSE permits in due time.