Nikolay Utkin, who previously served as the First Deputy Director — Chief Operating Officer at Polar Division, assumes the role of Polar Division’s Director.
Alexander Ryumin, who joined Nornickel more than 40 years ago as a hydrometallurgical operator to rise to the positions of Director at Polar Division, Vice-President and member of the Management Board, is now ending his career and leaving the company.
Vladimir Potanin, President of Nornickel, commented on staff changes and thanked Alexander Ryumin for the long-standing partnership and contribution to the Company’s development. “The role of Polar Division’s Director has traditionally been of critical importance. Mr Ryumin’s authority, strategic thinking and extensive production experience are unique, which makes his contribution to the Company’s growth invaluable,” said Mr Potanin.
Mr Ryumin oversaw the successful completion of the first cycle of Polar Division’s large-scale production upgrade and reconfiguration initiative, with the Company having upgraded Talnakh Concentrator to create one the world’s most technologically advanced facilities. A number of major environmental issues have been tackled in Norilsk (the shutdown of the oldest metallurgical Nickel Plant). Moreover, with the launch of the Sulphur Project the stage has been set for further upgrade of copper production.
Nikolay Utkin will take office on 12 February 2018.
Mr Utkin started his career while still being a student by joining Severonickel Plant (now part of Kola MMC) in 1994. After graduating from St Petersburg Mining University (Technical University) in 1999 and Murmansk State Technical University in 2002, he continued working at Kola MMC rising from the position of a hydrometallurgical operator to that of HR, Labour and Payroll Director.
From 2010, Nikolay Utkin worked as the Deputy Director for Production at Polar Division.
On 1 June 2017, Mr Utkin was appointed as the Deputy Director — Chief Operating Officer at Polar Division.