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Leaders & Changes

Khadim Al Shamsi

Khadim Al Shamsi is the new Area Manager of Emirates Airlines for Russia and CIS. Prior to joining Emirates, Mr. Al Shamsi worked for the British Post Office and for Emirates Post in Dubai. Since joining Emirates in 2001, Al Shamsi has held a number of commercial and operational management positions with the airline at its headquarters in Dubai and in Bombay, Beirut and Mauritius. Mr. Al Shamsi is intending to continue implementing Emirate’s business plans and strategies for Russia.

Grant Winterton has joined Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods OJSC (WBD) as Group Head of Marketing and Innovation effective November 2006. Winterton was formerly General Manager of Coca Cola Russia and CIS bottler, Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company. He has extensive experience in marketing and sales with multinational companies Wella Haircare, Campbell Soup Company (Arnotts Snacking) and Coca-Cola in Australia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and China. He also has dairy industry experience with 3 years in the milk and soft dairy divisions of National Dairies, Australia’s largest dairy producer. Over the last 14 years he has worked in a variety of senior marketing, sales and managerial positions in these fast moving consumer goods companies.

He is the second employee of CCH BC to follow former Regional Director, Tony Maher, to WBD. Maher joined WBD as CEO in March. Silviu Popovici, formerly head of CC BH’s Ukraine operations joined WBD in August as Head of Beverages Division.

Rahul Sood

Rahul Sood has joined PricewaterhouseCoopers Moscow, as a partner in its Energy, Utilities and Mining practice. In his new role, he will be responsible for a number of large energy sector clients. Sood began his career in 1991 as a senior associate in the audit department of Grand Thornton in Liverpool, England. Upon qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1995, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers Chicago, where he worked in assurance and business advisory services. He worked there as a manager (1997-2001) and senior manager (2001-06), and was promoted to partner in 2006.

Abdul Shukor is the new Director of Food & Beverage for Swissotel Krasnye Holmy Moscow, a five star Diamond Hotel. Previously he was Director of Operations/ Assistant Director of Food & Beverage in the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. Shukoor is a hands-on F&B man starting his 15 year career as a waiter and graduating to restaurant manager, banquet manager, bar manager, F&B operation’s manager and director of operations in notable hotels in his native Singapore and internationally in Mauritius, Brunei, Beijing, Manila, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Macau and Malaysia. Shukoor has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Wyoming State University in the U.S.

Abdul Shukor

Axel Ludwig has been appointed a deputy general director in Hotel Baltschug Kempinsky Moscow in October, 2006. Ludwig has 19 years of work experience. Among the hotels he has worked in are “Atlantic Kempinsky Hamburg” (Hamburg, Germany), “Arabella Sheraton” (Dusseldorf, Germany), “Maritim Proart” hotel (Berlin, Germany), “Raynhotel Fishertsunft” (Switzerland), “Grand hotel Burkenstock” (Switzerland), etc. The new Baltschug’s manager speaks fluent German and English, and has already started taking classes in Russian to better appreciate his adopted city.

Michael Longman has been appointed chief financial officer by the Australian IT company UC MS Group in their Moscow office. UC MS entered the Russian outsourcing market this summer after a year’s preparation. It operates in Russia through UCMS EMEA, an independent company. Longman, who is British, is an economics and accountancy graduate of Loughborough University, with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was CFO at the Internet protocol telephony services company Asylum Telecom, the British-based technology company Netverk, and Scala Business Solution NV.

Gerd Lenga has joined German construction materials company Knauf, as chief executive officer for Russia and CIS. Lenga graduated from Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen, Germany, in 1976, where he studied psychology and German and Slavonic studies. He has been a leading lawyer in Moscow for several years and has served as senior partner and head of the Moscow office of several law firms, including Punder, Volhard, Weber & Axster; Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Lober and Haarmann and most recently, Hemmelrath & Partners. He is also the founding member of the Deutsch-Russisches Forum, Berlin, and a member.

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