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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Appointments

USRBC

Simon Kukes, president and CEO of Tyumen Oil Co., or TNK, has been named the first Russian member of the board at the U.S.-Russia Business Council.

Before joining TNK, Russia's No. 2 oil major in production and No. 4 in reserves, Kukes served as first vice president of Yukos, Russia's No. 2 oil major, and was a member of its board from 1996 through 1998.

He worked as vice president of business development for Amoco Oil in Chicago from 1986 to 1996. Kukes, 53, presently serves on the boards at Parker Drilling Co. of Oklahoma and the New York-based Foreign Policy Association.

The Wall Street Journal Europe's Central European Economic Review named Kukes one of Central Europe's top 10 executives in 1998. Last year, he was named best manager in the oil and gas sector by the Russian business weekly Kompania.

PwC

PricewaterhouseCoopers appointed Boris Krasnyansky leader for management consulting in Russia, effective as of April.

Having worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers since the start of corporate operations in Ukraine in 1993, Krasnyansky assumed leadership of management-consulting services in 1995 and was made a PricewaterhouseCoopers partner in January 1997.

He holds a diploma in economics from the Kiev National Economics University and specializes in telecommunications and information technologies.

Gipronickel Institute

Alexander Burkhin, deputy general director of Norilsk Nickel, was appointed on a part-time basis as general director of the Gipronickel Institute, 100 percent owned by Norilsk Nickel.

The previous general director of the institute, Alexander Ryabko, will serve as first deputy to Burkhin.

Burkhin was born in 1953 in Krasnoyarsk. He graduated from Moscow Institute in 1975 and was assigned to work at the Norilsk Metals Plant as a hydraulic operator. He then worked his way up to deputy general director and chief engineer at the Norilsk plant and Norilsk Mining Co.

Probiznesbank

Alexei Panin has been appointed vice president of Probiznesbank. He previously held the post of director of the loan department for Probiznesbank.

He will supervise all operations connected with loaning activities, financial projects and mortgages.

Panin, 33, graduated from Yaroslavl Higher Military Financial Academy in 1989. He previously served as first deputy director of loan operations at Impexbank and director of loan operations at Rossiisky Kredit.

Panin began his career at Probiznesbank as deputy director of loan operations. He oversaw efforts to improve loaning technology and the development of loaning operations. In the fall of 2000, Panin was appointed as the director of the loan department.