Yet another successful international search

CONSORT Group are pleased to announce that Aerzen RUS, representing in Russia a leading German manufacturer of compressors, blowers and gas meters, has appointed our candidate Talgat Bayguchenkov as their Area Sales Manager in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Talgat will be tasked with direct sales of compressors, promotion of company’s products in Kazakhstan and provision of after-sales technical support.

The candidate has been found in the city of Almaty as the result of a complex cross-border search to meet our client’s very stringent requirements re professional competences and personality profile. Before joining Aerzen RUS Talgat Bayguchenkov had worked for such companies as Atlas Copco Central Asia LLPHuawei, and LM Ericsson International AB.

The senior management of Aerzen RUS expressed gratitude to CONSORT Group for the exemplary execution of this challenging international search. According to the client’s evaluation, the placed finalist selected from the candidate pool provided by CONSORT’s consultants meets 95% of the criteria set out in the search mandate which is a very high figure in the search business.

SBERNED appoints HR Director

CONSORT Group/IESF Russia is pleased to announce that Sberned – a unique company in Sberbank’s structure – appointed Svetlana Kalinicheva as its HR Director in late January 2016. In this role Svetlana will be heading one of the key functions of Sberbank’s Real Estate Centre.
Prior to joining Sberbank’s Real Estate Centre, Svetlana worked for western as well as larger Russian companies. At ZAO “National Service Company (RURU pay system) she held the post of HR Director being responsible for corporate development and increasing headcount twofold. Her previous experience included a six-year career in the HR Director role, including such a successful company as QIWI. Svetlana’s extensive knowledge of HR Management specifically at IT companies singles her out in the HRM market.
Reporting directly to company’s CEO, Svetlana will be responsible for developing company’s business in the Russian and other markets.
We at CONSORT Group/IESF Russia wish Svetlana Kalinicheva and Sberbank’s Real Estate Centre an excellent launch of operations not only in Russia but also in other markets, and further success in developing them.

Sberbank’s Real Estate Centre’s management expressed deep appreciation of CONSORT’s quick and targeted search emphasizing CONSORT consultant’s HRM market expertise, professionalism in locating strongly motivated candidates, and top-grade client service.  

A new appointment in Nielsen

CONSORT Group is pleased to announce that in February 2016 Nielsen Russia appointed Alexander Kotsyuba as its General Director.  
Nielsen is a leading global information and measurement company that enables companies to understand consumers and consumer behavior, present in Russia since 1989.
In 2003 Alexander graduated from the Kaliningrad State Technical University specializing in Economics and Management.
Alexander’s career has been closely connected with FMCG: he has been working for over ten years in such companies as British American Tobacco, Danone и Red Bull, where he held key management roles including Commercial Director for Siberia and the Far East, and Commercial Director for Russia’s regions. In January 2013 he was appointed as Sales Director for Red Bull Russia.
In his role of General Director Nielsen Russia, Alexander will be responsible for general management, business development and increasing overall operations efficiency.

CONSORT Group sincerely thanks everyone who had an input into this search assignment which is of such importance for Nielsen. We interviewed and met with lots of people who helped us with advice, recommendations and references, showed interest for this role or simply found time to have discussions with us. Thanks very much to all! 


CONSORT Group is happy to announce that BOLSHOI Non-governmental Pension Fund (NPF) – one of the largest players in the market of private pension provision – appointed Sergei Chernikov as its CIO in early February 2016. In this role Sergey leads one of the key functions of the fund.
Prior to joining BOLSHOI NPF, Sergey worked for both larger Russian and western companies. He has worked for over twelve years in RAO UES, starting as a process control engineer and gradually progressing to the Head of ICT. His previous track record includes four-year experience in PRAMO Concern as CIO, and in Bauservis company (also in a leading ICT role).
Reporting directly to the fund’s General Director, Sergey will be responsible for developing Moscow office and numerous branch offices.
BOLSHOI NPF’s senior management expressed deep gratitude for the prompt and precise search conducted by CONSORT Group, highlighting the search consultant’s market expertise and professionalism as well as first-class customer service.

General Managerfor Amur tigers

In late 2015 CONSORT Group completed a search assignment for the Center for the Study and Preservation of the Amur tiger population autonomous non-for-profit Organization (Amur Tiger Centre). Our candidate – Yury Biryukov – was appointed as its General Director.
Prior to joining Amur Tiger Centre, Yury has worked for six years as first Deputy General Director for such a large company as Moscow Youth Palace CJSC, and before that he was Managing Director of Detsky Mir (Children’s World) store. In all of his roles Yury has proved a strong leader, able to take on responsibility, manage a large number of staff and create a team of like-minded professionals.

In Amur Tiger Centre Yury Biryukov will be dealing with ambitious targets for developing this important environmental project which is personally supervised by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin 

ALKO-KOBER appoints new Country Manager, Ukraine

CONSORT Group is pleased to announce that AL-KO has appointed Andrii Boiko as its newest Country Manager Ukraine.  In this key role Andrii will provide strategic leadership and management of the Ukrainian branch for this world-known German manufacturing company whose multiple business divisions include gardening equipment.
Andrii brings a lucky combination of work experience in both local and international companies. Prior to joining AL-KO, he served as the Country Manager, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia & Azerbaijan for ROCKWOOL – the world’s leading producer of stone wool insulation. Earlier experience includes leadership roles in sales and marketing with Altsest, the largest Ukrainian distributor of power tools and garden equipment.
Reporting directly to HQ International Sales Director, Mr. Boiko will be responsible for sales in Ukraine as well as P&L.
We at CONSORT Group wish Andrii Boiko and AL-KO a long-lasting fruitful alliance and hope that both sides will establish a win-win relationship for the benefit of the stable and profitable business of AL-KO.

A decision from AL-KO’s HQ to entrust IESF with searches for CEOs in Russia, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia served as evidence of AL-KO’s satisfaction with the successful outcome of the search in Ukraine. 

Search for the Head of a high-security facility

Finding some of the top managers and rare specialists for whom CONSORT Group receives search mandates often requires strict confidentiality. Sometimes this is due to customer’s reluctance to announce a job role’s title in relation to the company’s name but can also be due to secrecy requirements at the existing state-owned enhanced-security facilities.
One such search mandate, completed in March 2015, had to do with a Rosatom subsidiary engaged in construction activities for all industrial enterprises that are part of this country’s nuclear corporation.
The candidate presented by us for that role has already worked for the past five years in senior engineering positions in Atomstroycorporate structure. He has excellent knowledge in construction and renovation of industrial and civil real estate facilities as well as extensive experience of interacting with General Contractor, Maintenance, Design Bureau, Subcontractor, as well as Russian Technical Inspection, Soyuzatomstroy and Rosatom’s General Inspectorate office.

This project is yet another addition to the treasure trove of successful searches carried out by CONSORT Group for energy and military-industrial enterprises of this country 

SCHOTTEL appoints Branch Manager, Russia

SCHOTTEL opened up a branch office in St Petersburg in March 2011 andappointed CONSORT’s candidate Sergey Chestny as its Branch Manager.  In this key post Sergey will be heading Schottel’s first-ever branch in Russia of this leading German manufacturer of propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications.
Prior to joining Schottel, Sergey worked for both western and larger Russian companies. At GS-Hydro (hydraulic piping market), he served as Managing Director being responsible for company’s development in Russia. His earlier experience included seven years in the roles of Sales & Marketing Director as well as Executive Director with Marine Technics, a leading supplier of marine and industrial equipment in the Russian Federation, CIS and Baltic countries. Sergey’s in-depth knowledge of the marine/ship-building sector and an MBA degree from IMISP clearly stands him out in the maritime market.
Reporting directly to HQ in Spay, Germany, Mr. Chestny will be responsible for developing business and sales in Russia.
We at CONSORT Group/IESF Russia wish Sergey Chestny and Schottel a perfect company’s start and continued success in the Russian market.
Schottel’s management expressed deep appreciation of CONSORT’s search to their IESF Germany partner – TOPOS Consulting – singling out CONSORT consultant’s people market expertise and professionalism in locating strong market-driven candidates, and top-class service to the Client. The search itself was presented as a showcase at one of the IESF’s partner meetings.
The fact that Sergey Chestny still successfully heads Schottel’s branch in Russia after five years is yet another significant proof of CONSORT’s search services quality.