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, Chairman of the Investment and Strategic Planning Committee
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.
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.
Christopher John Warmoth
Independent director, chairman of the Audit Committee, member of the Personnel & Remunerations Committee, member of the Investment & Strategic Planning Committee
Chris Warmoth’s career spans nearly 40 years of experience in consumer goods. He has worked extensively in Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America – with P&G, Coca Cola, Heinz and Carlsberg. He started his career in marketing with P&G in the UK, moving to general management in Germany 10 years later. After a series of country managing director roles, he has had a series of regional positions. His most recent roles have been EVP for Heinz in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa; EVP for Carlsberg in Asia and Africa; EVP for Carlsberg in Western Europe and he is currently EVP for Group Strategy in Carlsberg.
John Michael Balay
Independent director, member of the Audit Committee, member of the Personnel & Remunerations Committee, member of the Investment & Strategic Planning Committee
Michael Balay has more than 30 years experience in strategy in agriculture, commodities trading and primary industries. He received his MBA fr om the University of Virginia and joined McKinsey & Company, wh ere he was one of the early Fellows at the McKinsey Global Institute. After seven years of management consulting, he became head of business development in Cargill’s corporate strategy group in Minneapolis and led long range planning and organizational design. He spent three years in Switzerland as head of marketing for Cargill’s international grain and oilseeds business, supervising custom trading programs and services. He returned to Minneapolis and became Head of Global Strategy. Since retiring from Cargill in 2016, he has been an independent consultant and director.