Vladimir Yakushev has been appointed as CEO of the Northern Capital Gateway Consortium (NCGC), the operator of Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Yakushev will replace Sergei Furs, who has been acting as head of the NCGC since February 2016. Yakushev will focus on further developing the airport as a major transportation hub in the Northwestern Federal District of Russia and enhancing the company’s operational efficiency in line with its long-term strategy.
Yuri Soloviev, first deputy president and chairman of VTB Bank management board, said, “In 2015, Pulkovo’s financial performance demonstrated improvement, the first stage of the reconstruction and development project was completed, and new routes were introduced. One of the factors contributing to the progress was the implementation of the operational efficiency improvement program, and we are confident that Yakushev’s extensive experience in this area will strengthen Pulkovo’s position as one of Russia’s major transportation hubs.”
Yakushev has over 20 years’ experience in financial consulting and investment business and has overseen projects to enhance companies’ business efficiency. He was the co-founder of S-Group Capital Management, a direct and venture investment fund managing more than US$1bn worth of assets. Prior to that, Yakushev was the chief operations officer for the holding company of mining firm Severstal Resurs, where he implemented a new operational model and secured the company’s position as efficiency leader in its segment.