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Vyacheslav Nikolaev, President & CEO

Vyacheslav (Slava) Nikolaev was appointed MTS President & CEO and Chairman of the Management Board in March 2021.

Vyacheslav first joined MTS in 2004 and progressed through a series of senior positions across marketing and commercial management, most recently leading the Company’s strategic digital initiatives as First Vice President for Customer Experience, Marketing, and Ecosystem Development. His earlier roles included Vice President for Marketing (2017‑2019), B2B Director (2011–2017), as well as Group Director for Commercial Control, Deputy Director for Regional Management at MTS Russia, and acting Director of MTS Russia.

Before joining MTS, Vyacheslav worked as a supervising telecoms analyst, leading the sector research teams at Trust and Renaissance Capital. Vyacheslav began his professional career in 1997 as a consultant at European Public Policy Advisers (UK) and J'son and Partners (Sweden).

Vyacheslav was born in 1970. He graduated from the Faculty of Computational Mathematics & Cybernetics at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1992.

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Inessa Galaktionova, First Vice President for Telecommunications

Inessa Galaktionova was appointed First Vice President for Telecommunications in August 2019, having earlier joined MTS in February 2019 as Vice President for Sales & Customer Service.

Inessa brings to the MTS team extensive industry experience, deep domain expertise, and a laser-sharp focus on operational rigor, having held multiple senior executive roles at leading Russian companies, including as Deputy CEO of Russian Post from 2013–2019 and Chief Commercial Officer of Tele2 Russia from 2009-2013.

She began her career at Philips, where she worked from 1996 to 2009, ascending to Chief Marketing Officer of the Russia & Central Asia region.

Inessa was born in 1974 and graduated from Vilnius State University in 1997.

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Alexey Barsegian, Vice President for Corporate & Legal Affairs

Alexey Barsegian was appointed Vice President for Corporate & Legal Affairs in September 2019.

Before joining MTS, he held a series of increasingly senior leadership roles at Sistema PJSFC, most recently as Executive Director of Legal Affairs (2018–2019) and earlier as Executive VP for Legal Affairs (2013–2018) and Legal Department Director (2011–2013). He began his career as a legal consultant, working at firms including EM & Co. and Padva & Partners.

Alexey holds an MBA from the American Institute of Business & Economics as well as a law degree from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

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Victor Belov, Vice President for Technology (CTO)

Victor Belov was appointed Vice President for Technology in January 2020, in which role he serves as MTS’s chief technology officer overseeing the company’s network infrastructure.

Victor joined MTS in 2011 and has held a series of increasingly senior role across network operations, most recently as Director of Convergent & Backhaul Networks (2018-2020) after having headed the core network department since 2012 and before that the data transmission department.

He earlier worked for Comstar-OTS JSC (2009-2011) as head of development of network and platform services. From 1998–2008 he held leadership positions at MTU-Intel CJSC, Sistema Multimedia LLC, Enterprise Business Communications JSC, and Zenon N.S.P. LLC.

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Igor Egorov, Vice President for Infrastructure Development

Igor Egorov was appointed VP for Infrastructure Development in July 2021, in which capacity he oversees MTS’s strategy to build out high-quality digital infrastructure to help ensure robust connectivity as well as capture new growth opportunities in next-generation cloud, web, and digital B2B services.

Igor first joined MTS In 2013 and has held a series of senior leadership roles, most recently as VP for Regional Development (2019-2021) and before that as Regional Director for Moscow (2016-2019), Regional Director for Central Russia (2014-2016), and Regional Director of the Far East (2011-2014).

Igor holds a degree from St. Petersbrug State Electrotechnical University (ETU “LETI”) as well as an MBA from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy & Public Administration (RANEPA).

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Ilya Filatov, Vice President for Financial Services

Ilya Filatov was appointed MTS Vice President for Financial Services in August 2019. He also serves as CEO of MTS Bank.

Ilya joined MTS Bank in 2014 as First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board and was appointed the bank’s chief executive in 2015. He earlier held a series of leadership positions at UralSib Bank from 2005 to 2014, including Deputy Chairman of the Management Board.

Ilya was born in 1976 and holds a degree from the Moscow State Academy of Water Transport, as well as an MBA from the Higher School of International Business of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy & Public Administration.

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Alexander Gorbunov, Vice President for Strategy & Development

Alexander Gorbunov was appointed Vice President for Strategy & Development in April 2018. He earlier served for six years as a member of the MTS Board of Directors while working at parent company Sistema PJSFC, including as VP for Telecommunications and Executive VP for Investments.

From 2010 to 2012 he held a series of senior executive positions at Sistema, and from 2006 to 2010 he was VP for Strategy & Development at Comstar-UTS. From 2005 to 2006, he headed the Corporate Development Department at Sistema and served as First Vice President, Head of Strategy & Development.

Alexander was born in 1967 and graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in 1992. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Ruslan Ibragimov, Vice President for Government Relations & PR

Ruslan Ibragimov was appointed Vice President for Government Relations & PR in August 2019. He earlier served as Vice President for Corporate & Legal Affairs from 2008-2019 and has been a member of the MTS Management Board since 2007.

Ruslan joined the Company in 2006 as Director of the Legal Department, and was appointed shortly thereafter Director of Legal Affairs. He earlier worked at the Ibragimov, Kagan, and Partners law firm in Moscow, as well as at RSM Top Audit. From 1992 to 1996, he headed the legal service functions in several commercial banks.

Ruslan is an active member of Russian government councils and professional legal societies. He has served on the Expert Council of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology, and Communications, as well as on the Expert Council of the State Duma Committee on Property Issues and the Expert Council on the Protection of Investments Abroad chaired by the Russian Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurial Rights.

In addition, he is a Vice President of the Russian Corporate Counsel Association (RCCA), Senior Director of the Association of Independent Directors, Chairman of the Management Board of the National Payments Council Association, and Chairman of the Business Legal Support Committee of the Russian Managers Association. He is also a member of the Competition Support Association and the Association of Russian Lawyers.

Born in 1963, Ruslan holds degrees from the Moscow State University Law Department, as well as from the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia.

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Farid Kamalov, Vice President for Retail Development

Farid Kamalov was appointed VP for Retail Development in June 2021. Prior to joining MTS, he worked for Russian children’s retailer Detsky Mir, most recently as Chief Operating Officer (2014-2021) and before that as Director of Sales Management (2012-2014). He earlier headed the sales department at Russia’s Korablik retail chain (2010-2012). He began his career on the sales floor at M.Video, a leading Russian electronics chain, where he worked his way up to senior operational roles. In 2014-2020 Farid Kamalov participated in the governing boards of JSC RTC, LLC Detmir KGZ, LLP Detsky Mir - Kazakhstan, LLC Detmir BEL, PJSC Detsky Mir.

Farid holds an undergraduate degree from the Moscow State Institute of Electronic Engineering as well as an MBA from the Moscow International Higher School of Business.

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Andrey Kamensky, Vice President for Finance

Andrey Kamensky was appointed Vice President for Finance in April 2018, in which capacity he oversees all of the Company’s finance, investments, and M&A activities.

Andrey has deep finance domain expertise and extensive cross-industry management experience. He came to MTS after having served as Executive Vice President, Finance & Economics for parent company Sistema PJSFC. From 1997 to 2011, he progressed through a series of senior financial executive positions at Perekrestok, AB InBev, and ING Bank.

Andrey was born in 1972. He graduated from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation in 1999 and Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography in 1995.

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Alexander Khanin, Vice President for Artificial Intelligence

Alexander Khanin was appointed Vice President for Artificial Intelligence in October 2020, in which capacity he is also head of the MTS Artificial Intelligence Center. In addition, he is a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors at VisionLabs, a leading developer of software and hardware for biometric facial recognition and video analysis.

From 2012-2015, he taught control theory at Bauman Moscow State Technical University, where he also received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in robotics engineering. From 2009-2012, he worked as a department head at Russia’s Solomatin Institute (VNIINS), a leading research center in information technology and automation.

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Igor Mishin, Vice President for Media

Igor Mishin was appointed Vice President for Media in September 2019, overseeing the Group’s strategic media business vertical that includes an integrated spectrum of branded content channels, including cable, IPTV, satellite, and the MTS TV mobile app.

A renowned Russian producer and media personality, Igor has produced a number of popular TV shows and award-winning films. From 2014–2016 he served as General Director of TNT, one of Russia’s most-watched TV networks. He earlier worked as President of A-One Concept Media, Inc.; General Producer for TV Service CJSC (Muz-TV music channel); and General Director of Amedia.

His memberships and titles include Vice President of the Russian Academy of Television; Member of the European Film Academy; Science & Technology Laureate of the Russian Federation; and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Outdoor Film Festival, the world’s largest open-sky movie watching event.

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Pavel Voronin, Vice President for Technology

Pavel Voronin was appointed VP for Technology in June 2021. Prior to joining MTS, he worked as VP for Technology Development at subsidiaries within the Sberbank ecosystem. From 2016-2020 he was Deputy General Director for Information Technologies at S7 Airlines, where he founded and led the S7 Techlab innovation center. He also co-founded business projects in cloud solutions as well as workplace and application virtualization.

Pavel is a graduate of the Mechanics & Mathematics Faculty at Moscow State University. In addition, he founded and headed the Department of Information Technologies in Aviation at the Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology. Pavel is a certified specialist (MBA) in IT project management and development in Big Data, and during his studies he won multiple student mathematics Olympiads.

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OLGA ZIBOROVA, Vice President for Ecosystem Development & Marketing

Olga Ziborova was appointed Vice President for Ecosystem Development & Marketing in April 2021, in which capacity she oversees the operational execution of MTS’s strategy to build out an expanding ecosystem of innovative digital products and services. Her prior role was as Director for Ecosystem Marketing, where she strengthened the Company’s market position by driving consumer awareness across the full spectrum of MTS products and bundle offers.

From 2017 to 2020 she headed MTS’s marketing department, where she was responsible for telecommunications marketing across both B2C and B2B segments. She also oversaw the development and promotion of convergent offers across the Company’s product lines and markets.

From 2010–2013 she headed MTS’s Tariff Policy Department, and from 2013–2017 she served as Marketing Director for Tariffs & Services. Earlier, from 2003–2010 she advanced through a series of senior marketing roles across MTS’s regional operations in Russia.

Olga holds a degree from St. Petersburg State University and has studied digital project management at Moscow’s SKOLKOVO Business School.