Zubkov Called Next Gazprom Head

First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov was introduced to British business leaders as Gazprom's next chairman by the company's chief executive officer, Alexei Miller.

Zubkov and Miller were in Manchester to watch Zenit St. Petersburg, which Gazprom sponsors, beat Glasgow Rangers to win the UEFA Cup on Wednesday, company spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said Thursday by text message, confirming an earlier report by The Wall Street Journal.

Gazprom shareholders, led by the government, will choose a new board next month.

Zubkov served as prime minister before former Gazprom chairman Dmitry Medvedev became president on May 7 and named his predecessor, Vladimir Putin, as prime minister.

Miller has been acting as chairman since Medvedev's inauguration.