Chairman of the Board of Cherkizovo Group
Evgeny Mikhailov is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cherkizovo Group PJSC. From 2004, he was also a member of the Board of Directors and First Deputy CEO of AIC Mikhailovsky OJSC. In 2002, he worked as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley, and, in 2001, was an assistant to the Vice President of the American telecommunications company aTelo, Inc. in Washington DC. He graduated from the University of California (Los Angeles) in 2004 with a degree in Business Economics.
CEO of Cherkizovo Group
Sergey Mikhailov has been Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Cherkizovo Group since 2006. Mr. Mikhailov led Cherkizovo Group during its successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2006, making the Group the first Russian agricultural company listed on the LSE. Since 2006, Cherkizovo has been expanding rapidly and developing its business in Russia and it is now the country’s largest vertically integrated agricultural company and meat producer.
In 2001, Mr. Mikhailov was Marketing Director of Cherkizovo Meat Processing Plant. He was promoted to Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the plant in 2002 and, a year later, he became its Chief Executive Officer.
In 1998, he founded the telecommunications company, aTelo, Inc., in the United States and was its CEO until 2001. In 1998, he trained as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs before moving to Morgan Stanley in 1999.
He graduated from Georgetown University (Washington DC) in 2000 with a degree in Finance and Economics.
Richard Paul Sobel
Deputy Chairman of the Board, non-executive director,member of the Investment and Strategic Planning Committee
Richard Paul Sobel was elected to Cherkizovo Group’s Board of Directors in 2016. He is a recognized expert in the field of direct investment. As one of the pioneers of the Russian private equity industry, Mr. Sobel was a senior fund manager at Baring Asset Management (1994-1997) and at Alfa Capital Partners (2003-2011). He is founder and manager of Altai Advisors, a consulting company which specializes in providing advice on potential investment opportunities in Russia, CIS, Europe and the United States. Previously Mr. Sobel was a consultant at Bain & Company in Boston, USA, and an investment executive in Moscow at Batterymarch Financial Management, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and CIBC Oppenheimer. Richard Sobel graduated from Stanford University, USA and has an MBA from Harvard Business School, USA.
Elliot Brinton Jones
Independent non-executive director, Chairman of the Audit Committee, member of the Personnel and Remuneration Committee and member of the Investment and Strategic Planning Committee
Elliot Brinton Jones was elected to Cherkizovo Group’s Board of Directors in 2016. He has a strong track record in the agricultural industry. Mr. Jones is the owner of Jones and Jones Consulting and has over sixteen years of experience in advising various poultry companies in the US and other countries on the strategic development. Prior to that, he worked in a number of US poultry and turkey production companies, including Foster Farms, Zacky Farms, Swift Dairy and Poultry Company. Elliot Jones graduated from University of San Francisco, USA.
Independent Director (22.04.2016-09.01.2020), Executive Director (since 10.01.2020), Chairman of the Investment & Strategic Planning Committee, Audit Committee member, Personnel & Remunerations Committee member
Emin Mammadov is an experienced senior manager with more than 20 years of expertise in the FMCG sector in emerging markets, including diverse experience of managing business units of large multinational companies in the RIMEA region (Russia, India, Middle East and Africa) and in China.
Mr. Mammadov is Deputy General Director of PJSC “Cherkizovo Group”.
Independent non-executive director, member of the Audit Committee, Chairman of the Personnel and Remunerations Committee and member of the Investment and Strategic Planning Committee
Filip Kegels is an experienced expert in the field of food production and consumer brand development on European, Asian and developing markets. During a number of years Filip headed international operations of Danone Group. He served Vice-President & Non-Executive Chairman Group Danone China & Japan (Asia-Pacific, India & Middle East), Vice-President of Danone -- Africa, Middle East & Asia-Pacific. He also has successful experience of doing business in Russia as member of the Board and CEO of Danone Unimilk Russia. He is a founder of BTF Solutions.
Filip Kegels has a broad experience of board service at leading international companies, and currently serves on the Board of Yakult (Japan). Earlier Mr. Kegels chaired the Boards of Danone Murray Goulburn, Australia and Centrale Laitiere, Morrocco, served as Vice Chairman of the boards of Al Safi Danone, Saudi Arabia, and Pulmuone Danone, South Korea. He also served on the Boards of Strauss Health, Israel; Mengniu Group, China; Brookeside, Kenia; and Fanmilk Sub-Saharan Africa, Luxemburg.
He graduated from Catholic University of Antwerp (Master in Economics), and University of Brussels (MBA).
Non-executive director, member of the Investment and Strategic Planning Committee
Rafael Fuertes was elected to Cherkizovo Group’s Board of Directors in 2016. He has extensive experience in the agricultural industry, primarily in animal breeding, meat processing and crop farming. Mr. Fuertes is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Fuertes, a leading Spanish agricultural holding company, which is a minority shareholder of Cherkizovo Group, owning 5.06% shares, and partner in the “Tambov Turkey” joint venture. He graduated from University of Murcia, Spain.