Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Zhanat Tussupbekov has a solid professional experience in managerial positions, having spent the past 11 years in the oil and gas industry. Since May 2012, Mr. Tussupbekov holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of KMG International N.V., also being a member of the company’s Board of Managing Directors. Due to his contribution to the management and organization of KMG International, the company has registered record financial and operational results in the last years, being one of the most successful oil companies in Romania and one of the most important players in the Black Sea and Mediterranean regions. Between February 2011 and February 2012, Mr. Zhanat Tussupbekov held the position of General Manager and Chairman of the Management Board of KazMunayGas – Refining and Marketing. In 2005, Mr. Tussupbekov was appointed as Executive Manager of the Trade House KazMunayGas JSC – the retail company responsible for the distribution of petroleum products in Kazakhstan. As of February 2012, Mr. Zhanat Tussupbekov holds the position of Advisor for the Chairman of the Management Board of National Company KazMunayGas JSC. Moreover, Mr. Tussupbekov has experience in the field of sports management. In 2013, he was elected as Chairman of the Weightlifting Federation in the Republic of Kazakhstan. In addition, as of 2015, he is the Chairman of the Marketing Committee within the International Weightlifting Federation and member of the executive committee of the International Weightlifting Federation. In 2017, he has been voted as a Vice-president of the International Weightlifting Federation. At the same time, as of 2017, Zhanat Tussupbekov is also the Honorary consul of the Republic of Georgia in the Karaganda region. Mr. Zhanat Tussupbekov holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Karaganda State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Gumilyov Eurasian National University, ENU. He holds a Master’s degree in “Chemical Technology of Organic Substances” from the University of Technology and Business in Kazakhstan. He has been awarded the ”Kurmet” honorary recognition and the ”Activist Emeritus within the oil-gas sector” medal.
Senior Vice President Operational Activities
Mr. Almas Lepesbayev defines and coordinates the implementation of the strategy for the entire operational chain of KMG International: procurement of raw materials, trading of raw materials and oil products, refining and petrochemicals activities, as well as distribution of finished oil & gas products in order to meet the set business objectives. Mr. Almas Lepesbayev joined the KMG International Group in 2015 as Corporate Center Vice-President, further being appointed as Vice-President Finance and Risk. He has a considerable professional experience in the finance area, working for over 18 years in top managerial positions: President of Kaztransservice JSC, Vice-President Economics and Finance of the Republican State Enterprise National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, Managing Director of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy RSE, Finance Director of Kazzheldortrans JSC etc. Mr. Lepesbayev obtained his bachelor degree in Economics from Shoqan Walikhanov State University and a bachelor degree in Law from the Kazakh State University. He is also certified in Finance from London School of Business and Finance. Having a keen interest in Infrastructure Management, Mr. Lepesbayev received a Dr.hab. degree and the title of Doctor of Transports from the Russian Transport Academy at Siberian Transport University in Novosibirsk. He also has a Ph.D in Economics. His academic achievements include also 17 publications on Finance and Business Administration.
Vice President Corporate Development and Strategy
Mr. Alexey Golovin coordinates all activities related to strategic development, public relations, legal and compliance, being also accountable for the collaboration with governmental authorities and the sole shareholder. Our colleague joined KMG International Group in November 2009 as Group Corporate Governance Director. In 2011, he was appointed as Group Marketing and Corporate Communication Director, being responsible for coordinating the Marketing, Brand Management, Public Relations and Internal Communication functions, later on being appointed as Managing Director of Strategy in 2015. Before joining the Group, Mr. Golovin has held various managerial positions in KazMunayGas Refining & Marketing and in Banking and Financial Institutions. Mr. Golovin graduated from the Faculty of Law “Adilet” and he also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Executive MBA Essec & Mannheim program.
Vice President Corporate Services
Mr. Ionel Popescu is leading the Corporate Services Block formed of IT, Procurement and Shared Services Center. Shared Services Center consolidates the transactional activity of Finance, Human Resources, Procurement, IT, Administrative and Secretariat. Ionel’s main role is to define and coordinate the implementation of the Corporate Services strategy aiming to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the services through innovation and continuous improvement. Our colleague has joined the Group KMG International in 2010 on the position of Group Risk Director and later Group Corporate Finance Director. Starting October 2015 Ionel was appointed Managing Director Shared Services Center establishing and leading the Shared Services Center organization. He has completed his studies in Finance and Accounting area at Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, and the CFA Institute becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Vice President Finance and Risk Management
Mrs. Mariana Durleșteanu ensures the strategic leadership for all the financial activities across the KMG International Group, by establishing certain financial performance indicators for the member companies. She determines and implements the Group risk management strategy from the strategic, operational, financial (hedging) and legal point of view. She is also responsible for designing certain integrated mechanisms for risk prevention, monitoring and mitigation at Group level. Mrs. Durleşteanu’s activity encompasses over 20 years’ experience in finance - both the private and the public sector. She has held the following positions: Minister of Finance in the Republic of Moldova, Ambassador of the same country in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Senior Banker with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, being in charge with the financial institutions in the East of the Balkan region– Belarus, Moldova and Turkey. Mrs. Durleşteanu has graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and has two Master degrees: one in Business Administration from the Slovenian Centre for International Cooperation and Development and one in Economics achieved in London.
Chief Officer Production and Industrial Services
Mr. Meraliyev defines the strategy and ensures the operational management for Production and Industrial Services, follows KMG International’s strategy. He has 36 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has held senior management positions in several companies in the field. Since October 2012, Mr. Meraliyev was appointed as the Adviser to the CEO of KMG International Group, contributing to the positive financial and operational results reported by the company in the last years. Between 2008 and 2012, Mr. Meraliyev held positions of Deputy CEO and then CEO of KMG International Group. His extensive experience in the oil and gas field includes an important contribution to the development of Atyrau and Pavlodar refineries and projects implemented in many companies: NC KazMunayGas JSC, Kazakhoil, Tengizchevroil JV. Mr. Meraliyev graduated from the Moscow University of Oil and Gas Industry, followed by a degree in economy from the Institute of Finance and Economy in Moscow. He has completed his academic curriculum by studying business management at the University of California and mastered his language skills at the Berlitz Language Center in Walnut Creek.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Zhanibek Nugertayev provides overall leadership for the KMG International finance function, as well as execute the financial strategy, optimize the financial performance, ensure the integrity of all accounting consolidation and reporting activities. Mr. Nugertayev started his career within KMGI Group in 2012 and held various positions such as Senior financial analyst, Deputy Group Internal Audit Director and Group Internal Audit Director positions. During audit mandate, Mr. Nugertayev was assessing Group commercial, operational and financial business processes and provided recommendations for their improvement. Starting with 2015, Mr. Nugertayev was appointed the Deputy Group Chief Financial Officer and later on General Manager Rompetrol Bulgaria and General Manager KMG Rompetrol Services Center. Mr. Nugertayev holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ankara University and also completing his ACCA qualification at the professional level.
Chief Officer Marketing, Human Resources & Internal Communication
Mrs. Gabriela Budisteanu defines the marketing strategy, having as responsibilities to develop Group activities in her area of expertise in all countries where the company operates. Due to her managerial skills, Mrs. Budisteanu coordinates also the human resources and internal communication activities at Group level, having an important role in motivating complex teams to achieve significant results in a very dynamic market. Her area of responsibilities covers a range of activities: brand management, marketing communication, market research & innovation, loyalty and also development of products and distribution channels to meet the needs of customers from all markets where the Group has activities. With a career of more than 15 years in Marketing and Communication, Gabriela Budisteanu contributes to the development of KMG International's long-term marketing and vision, focusing on the shift from product centric to customer centric approach. Her responsabilities in HR include a strategic approach in capitalizing the appropriate capabilities and expertise of the Group employees in order to build a solid corporate culture and promote company as employer of choice. Mrs. Budisteanu joined the company in 2008 as Brand Building Manager and based on her analytical and creative qualities but also on leadership and planning skills she was appointed as Group Marketing Manager and Group Marketing Director.
Chief Retail Officer
Mr. Rusnac defines and implements the business strategy for the Retail Business Unit in line with the KMG International strategy. With more than 11 years of experience, Mr. Rusnac joined the Group in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer at Rompetrol Ukraine. He has held multiple top management positions within BUs Retail and Trading, such as General Manager Rompetrol Ukraine, General Manager Rompetrol Moldova, Managing Director Retail Near Abroad Countries, acting as General Manager Rompetrol Gas and he also holds the position of General Manager Rompetrol Downstream (Romania) at the present time. Before joining KMG International Group, Mr.Rusnac acquired a valuable professional experience, working as Finance and Treasury Manager and Financial-Economic Systems and Processes Manager at Moldovan subsidiary of Gas Natural Fenosa (Spain), as well as a Consultant at Moldovan subsidiary of Soluziona (Spain) and at Raiffeisen Investment AG. Mr. Rusnac graduated from the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, with two Bachelor’s degrees -in International Economic Relations and Banking and Finance.
Chief Trading Officer
Mr. Dmitriy Ponomarev develops and implements the business strategy for the Trading activity, in order to achieve the objectives set in the strategy of KMG International Group. Mr. Ponomarev joined KMG International in July 2013 as Commercial Director of KazMunayGas Trading AG, being appointed General Manager as of February 2014. Mr. Ponomarev has over 15 years of experience in the trading sector having various responsibilities within trading departments of important companies from the oil and gas industry such as Munai - Impex JSC, Trade House KazMunayGas JSC, Kylysh (joint company of KazMunayGas and Chevron Texaco) and TH KazMunaiGaz AG. Mr. Ponomarev started his work in the trading field in 2001, having different assignments as Commercial Specialist, Shipping Manager and Crude oil operation Manager, Director of Crude Oil export department within Trade House KazMunayGas JSC, Kylysh (joint company of KazMunayGas and Chevron Texaco). Since 2006, based on his excellent results, Mr. Ponomarev has been holding senior managerial positions in Trade House KazMunaiGaz AG, Switzerland, initially as Deputy Director and then as Managing Director within the same company. Mr. Dmitriy Ponomarev has a bachelor’s degree in Medicine from The Kazakh National Medical Institute, also holding a master’s degree in Economics and Management from Lomonosov Moscow State University. Additionally, he took different specialized courses in the areas of trading operations, tanker ownership, chartering and operations and international oil business.
CLAUDIU MIHAI CONTANU
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Mr. Contanu develops and implements the business strategy for the Supply Chain activities, in order to achieve the objectives set in the strategy of KMG International Group. He has joined the Group in 2007, holding the position of Director of Planning and Performance Management within the Trading Business Unit, continuing in 2010 this activity at Group level. In 2012, Mr. Contanu was appointed Managing Director Supply Chain, ensuring effective distribution of products to the final consumer. In 2015, Mr. Contanu held the position of Managing Director Trading, providing raw materials to the three production units of the Group, Petromidia and Vega refineries and petrochemical division, and also the sale of final products. Prior to joining our team, Mr. Contanu held various jobs in finance within multinational companies. He graduated in 2002 the Faculty of Finance, Insurance, Bank and Stock Exchange within the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Management and Financial Markets, from the same institution. Between 2004-2006, he attended the Romanian-Canadian MBA with a diploma in Finance.
Chief Officer Corporate Development
Mr. Iskander Abdibaitov was appointed as Chief Corporate Development Officer to coordinate mergers and acquisitions and corporate development activity within the group. Previously, Mr. Abdibaitov held the position of Director of oil and gas division at JSC National Wealth Fund “Samruk-Kazyna”, where he was in charge of coordinating the development of the “National Company “KazMunayGas” from shareholder’s perspective, implementing measures towards increasing the shareholder’s value, ensuring alignment of “KazMunayGas” strategic goals with the shareholder’s expectations, as well as coordinating M&A projects related to KMG assets. Prior to this position, Mr. Abdibaitov had been involved in several management positions within “National Company “KazMunayGas”. His work with “KazMunayGas” Group began in 2010 and through the years he served as a Chief Manager of the Overseas Projects Management Department, followed by the Chief Coordinator position for the Foreign Investments Management Department until 2012, and Deputy Director of the Assets Management Department until 2016. A lawyer by profession, Mr. Abdibaitov holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the American University of Central Asia, a Master of Laws (LLM) in American Law from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Geneva Business School in Switzerland.