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Roustam Tariko

Roustam Tariko

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Roustam has built Roust, the second largest vodka producer in the world and Central and Eastern Europe’s largest integrated spirits beverage company, with distilleries, production facilities and distribution centers spanning Poland, Hungary, Russia and Italy. Roust is also the owner of Gancia, Italy’s original sparkling wine.

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Pavel Merkul

Pavel Merkul

Global CEO

Pavel has joined Russian Standard in 2009 and was appointed to the position of Managing Director of Russian Standard Corporation and member of the Board of Directors of Roust Corporation in 2013. He was responsible for the key strategic projects of Russian Standard Group, including mergers and acquisitions, post-merger integration and business development, as well as Russian Standard Group's finances. On December 13, 2017, Pavel was appointed to the position of Global CEO of Roust Corporation. Prior to joining Russian Standard, Pavel worked with a leading global management consulting firm the Boston Consulting Group focusing on strategy development and execution, operational efficiency and business portfolio management projects for both multinational and local companies. He received BA in economics from Moscow State University and MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore.

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Yaroslav Zakharov

Yaroslav Zakharov

Global CFO

Yaroslav joined Roust Group in October 2017 as Roust Russia CFO. In December 2017, he was appointed Roust Group Global CFO. In this role, Yaroslav is responsible for the financial management of all Roust Group companies and production sites. Yaroslav began his career in 1995 joining the multinational FMCG giant PepsiCo. In 2001, he moved to AB InBev, a world leading brewer, where he worked his way up from a finance controller to the Finance Director responsible for Strategic Planning & Business Performance Management in Central & Eastern Europe. During his tenure at AB InBev, he also had direct commercial experience, successfully running Sales in the capacity of Regional Sales Director and National On-Trade Channel Director. In 2014, Yaroslav continued his career as CFO for Russia, India, the Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Kraft Heinz. Yaroslav received his MSc in Economics and Business Management from Sochi State University, and his Executive MBA from INSEAD/Wharton Leadership Programm.

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Ilya Blinov

Ilya Blinov

CEO, Global Operations

Ilya joined Russian Standard Vodka in 2007, working first as Chief Operating Officer, then Chief Executive Officer, responsible for strategic planning and daily operations at Russian Standard Vodka in Russia. In 2013 he was appointed CEO of Global Operations, responsible for production at all Roust distilleries across Russia, Poland and Italy. In 2016 Ilya was appointed CEO of Roust Russia, responsible for all aspects of the consolidated Roust business in Russia. A graduate of the Technological Institute of Refrigeration Industry in his native St. Petersburg, Ilya supplemented his education with management courses in Austria, Hungary and the UK.

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Vassilen Tzanov

Vassilen Tzanov

CEO, Russia

Vassilen possesses 20 years of management experience in the production and sales of soft drinks and alcohol products in Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Roust, he worked in senior positions at HOOP, HEINEKEN and CEDC.

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Igor Kosarev

Igor Kosarev

Vice President

One of the company’s longest-serving executives, Igor has worked at all Russian Standard’s businesses – in spirits distribution, premium vodka production, consumer banking and insurance – as an adviser and executive. In addition to Roust's investment projects in Russia, Igor oversees government relations for all Russian Standard companies.

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