• Nikolai Zelenski

    Chief Executive Officer

    Nikolai has led Nordgold’s management team since the company’s inception.

    Nikolai has led Nordgold’s management team since the company’s inception in 2007.

    Previously, he worked for the Russian steel company Severstal and was head of Severstal Resources’ gold division, which subsequently became Nordgold. Earlier, Nikolai covered the mining sector at McKinsey & Company. Nikolai holds a Master of Technical Sciences degree from St. Petersburg State Technical University, a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Texas, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

  • Louw Smith

    Chief Operating Officer

    Louw has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry.

    Louw joined Nordgold in July 2013. He has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry in project execution and operations in senior project management roles.

    Previously, Louw was COO of Alacer Gold, leading a successful start-up of the Çopler Gold Mine in Turkey. His responsibilities also included operations in Western Australia and the development of the Group’s Technical Services functions.

    Prior to Alacer Gold, he spent over 15 years at Gold Fields International in Western Australia, Finland, Bulgaria and Ghana managing a variety of its mines and projects, including such flagship operations as Damang and St. Ives mine complexes.

    Louw holds Degrees in geology and geochemistry, engineering geology and commerce, and Master’s Degrees in Mining Engineering and Business Administration.

    He is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

  • Dmitry Guzeev

    Chief Financial Officer

    Dmitry was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in November 2014

    Dmitry was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in November 2014. Before that, Dmitry was appointed as Acting Chief Financial Officer in May 2014, having joined Nordgold as Head of Corporate Reporting in July 2013.

    Prior to joining Nordgold, Dmitry was the Head of Corporate Reporting of SIBUR, Russia’s largest gas processing business and a leader in the Russian petrochemicals industry, where he established and developed the IFRS function and was a leading IFRS expert supporting complex corporate transactions.

    Dmitry also gained previous experience with Deloitte and Arthur Andersen. He holds a Degree in International Economics from the State Finance Academy (Russia). Dmitry is Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 2005.

  • Evgeny Tulubensky

    Chief Legal Officer and Director of ESG

    Evgeny was appointed as Chief Legal Officer and Director of ESG in 2020 having joined Nordgold as Chief Legal Officer in 2007.

    Evgeny Tulubensky was appointed as Chief Legal Officer and Director of ESG in 2020 having joined Nordgold as Chief Legal Officer in 2007.

    Evgeny previously was a senior lawyer at the mining division of Severstal (LSE: SVST). Before then, Evgeny was a legal consultant at Ernst & Young.

    Evgeny is a member of the Advisory Board of the Russian Society of Subsoil Experts and a participant of the Russian-Guinean intergovernmental Commission and the Presidential Investment Council in Burkina Faso.

    Evgeny graduated from St. Petersburg State University, Law faculty, and holds an LLM (with honors) from Northwestern University (Chicago). He also holds a degree in economics from St. Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics.

  • Oleg Pelevin

    Director of Strategy and Corporate Development

    Oleg has been with Nordgold since its inception as the gold mining division of OJSC Severstal in 2007.

    Oleg has been with Nordgold since its inception as the gold mining division of OJSC Severstal in 2007.

    In October 2014, Oleg was appointed to Columbus Gold’s board of directors.

    He joined Severstal in early 2004, having previously worked at American Appraisal Russia.

    Oleg graduated with distinction from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Faculty of Control and Applied Mathematics) with a Master of Science degree. He then worked as a researcher at the Institute of Computer-Aided Design RAS.

  • Yulia Sklar

    Human Resources Director

    Yulia joined Nordgold in January 2012.

    Yulia joined Nordgold in January 2012 as HR Director.

    Before joining Nordgold she served as Human Resources Director at Ferronordic Machines, a successful start-up of an exclusive Volvo equipment dealership in Russia and Ukraine. Ms. Sklar also worked in a number of Russian and international companies including BP, Alfa Bank, Agros and PepsiCo. She has 18 years of experience in HR.

    Yulia holds MA degree from New York University and a certificate of the International Executive Program at INSEAD in France & Singapore, she also graduated from the Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical Institute with honors.

  • Yury Bogdanov

    Security Director

    Yury joined Nordgold as a Security Director in 2012.

    Yury joined Nordgold as a Security Director in 2012.

    Before joining Nordgold he worked in various departments of OJSC Severstal focusing on security issues.

    Yury has also gained previous experience with his service as a military officer and a police officer.

    Yury holds degrees in Economics and Technical Science.

  • Igor Kleev

    HSE Director

    Igor joined Nordgold in July 2020

    Igor joined Nordgold in July 2020 as the Company’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Director.

    Igor has over 15 years of experience in managing HSE functions for large industrial companies.

    Before joining Nordgold, he worked at senior levels in HSE at EVRAZ, RUSAL, TNK-BP, Rosneft and Polyus.

    Igor is an official Russian Federation representative in an ISO organisation, where he participates in development of ISO 45001 series standards “Occupational Health and Safety Management System”. He is also a member of an industrial safety committee under the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

    Igor graduated from Moscow Chemical Technological University as an engineer in environmental science. He additionally obtained qualification in the area of production process safety and completed NEBOSH international health and safety management course.

  • Arnand van Heerden

    Mineral Resources Director

    Arnand joined Nordgold in 2016 as a Mineral Resources Director at Bissa mine.

    Arnand joined Nordgold in 2016 as a Mineral Resources Director at Bissa mine.

    He has over 19 years’ experience in mining and exploration geology, for both open and underground operations across a number of projects in West Africa, South Africa, Peru, Canada and the USA.

    Prior to joining Nordgold, he worked as a Principal Consulting Geologist based in Colorado, USA, preceded by a successful career in Gold Fields, where he held key management roles at the Damang Gold Mine (Ghana, West Africa) and with Gold Fields’ Exploration Group (Denver, USA).

    Arnand holds a BSc Honors degree in Economic Geology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and has completed The Executive Programme at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, USA.

    He is a member of Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

  • Igor Klimanov

    Development Projects Director

    Igor has been with Nordgold since its inception as the gold mining division of OJSC Severstal in 2007.

    Igor has been with Nordgold since its inception as the gold mining division of OJSC Severstal in 2007.

    In June 2016, he was appointed to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Northquest.

    In July 2014, he was appointed to the board of directors of Northquest Ltd.

    In September 2009, he was appointed to the board of directors of High River Gold.

    Previously, he was CEO of High River Gold and Manager for Strategy and Corporate Development at Severstal Resources.

    Igor holds a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and an Engineering Physics degree from the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute.

  • Ekaterina Nowak

    Procurement director

    Ekaterina joined Nordgold team as Head of Raw Materials Supply Department in 2010.

    Ekaterina began working in the Nordgold team as Head of Raw Materials Supply Department in 2010.

    Previously, Ekaterina was a consultant at A.T. Kearney and specialised in procurement transformation projects.

    Ekaterina graduated from MGIMO University and the University of Saarland with a degree in Economics.

  • Chris Colbourne

    Mining Director

    He has over 30 years’ experience in mining for both open and underground operations.

    Chris joined Nordgold in 2020

    He has over 30 years’ experience in mining for both open and underground operations. Prior to joining Nordgold, Chris worked as Vice-President Mining & Operations for a New Zealand / China JV focused on developing a new integrated mine, port and rail project in Western Australia. Before that he worked for Rio Tinto and held a number of senior roles from General Manager Operations to Chief Advisor Mining and Geosciences.

    Chris holds a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from Curtin University, Perth, Australia and a BSc Honors degree in Mining Engineering from Camborne School of Mines. He also completed Management Development Program at the University of South Africa, Johannesburg, RSA and Business Leadership Development Program at the Duke University, Sydney, Australia.

  • Glenn Smith

    Metallurgy Director

    Glenn joined Nordgold in December 2012

    Glenn joined Nordgold in December

    Glenn has over 18 years’ experience in Mining, Mineral Processing. Commenced working in Western Australia and have spent the last 12 years working on Mining projects in East Africa, West Africa and the Dominican Republic. He has spent the last years working as the Processing Director for Nordgold`s Bissa and Bouly Operations.

    Completed the Executive Programme at the Darden School of Business (USA), University of Virginia (USA) and is currently studying for MBA.

  • Gregory Graham Edmonds

    Mobile Maintenance Director

    Gregory joined Nordgold in 2016.

    Gregory has been working for Nordgold since 2016 covering mobile mining fleet performance at all CIS and West African mines.

    He has more than 30 years’ experience in managing mobile mining assets in Australia, Africa, Asia and CIS with Caterpillar, Rio Tinto, Thiess, Leighton and Petrosea.

    Gregory holds Master of Maintenance Management from CQU Australia (2011) and certificate IV Frontline Management (2005).

  • Denis Ryzhkin

    Deputy Chief Operating Officer

    Denis began working for Nordgold in 2012, after a long and successful career at Severstal

    Denis began working for Nordgold in 2012, after a long and successful career at Severstal.

    Denis is also in charge of Buryatzoloto (subsidiary of Nordgold). He previously ran Nordgold’s Berezitovy (Amur region) and Lefa (Guinea) mines, and served as the Open Pit Mines supervisor. At the moment he supervises all Nordgold’s CIS assets.

    Denis graduated from Saint Petersburg Mining University with engineer degree.

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