Former chief editor of “Kommersant” left the post of Vice-President of AVTOVAZ

Vice-President of AVTOVAZ for external and internal communications, RAF Shakirov

Vice-President of AVTOVAZ for external and internal communications, RAF Shakirov, who joined the company in August, resigned for medical reasons, said “RIA Novosti” with reference to the representative of the automaker. This was confirmed by RBC head of the press center of AVTOVAZ, Sergey Ilinsky, and he Shakirov.

Last reported sick after a working trip to Kazakhstan. Now in Kazakhstan Ust-Kamenogorsk is being built Assembly plant “Asia Avto Kazakhstan” joint venture of “BIPEK Avto Kazakhstan” and AVTOVAZ. The new Playground will be the biggest production of Lada cars abroad.

“After a trip to Kazakhstan I had severe pneumonia, he could not identify, it was running. In the end, I was in the hospital for over a month, and now it is necessary to continue the treatment, after which still have to undergo a rehabilitation period of at least two months. I was recommended to change the climate, I’m sure it will do, — told RBC Shakirov. — I could sit at the hospital but as the doctors say it is very long, we decided to terminate the contract by mutual agreement of the parties to pay only what is necessary”.

“Of course, you can sit on the neck, but I think that is wrong,” he added.

Who will be the new Vice-President for internal communications and whether Shakirov to return to his post after his recovery, Ilyinsky has not commented. He only said that while he will fulfil these responsibilities. “I don’t know, we’ll talk [about a replacement], probably,” — said Shakirov.

RAF Shakirov worked in the office of the Vice-President of AVTOVAZ for three months. He joined the company on August 22. In the appointment Manager in AVTOVAZ President and CEO Nicolas Maure said Shakirov experience in the leadership of the media and its professional competence and communication “will provide a strong support to the brands of Lada and AVTOVAZ from Russian and foreign media”.

Shakirov previously worked as editor-in-chief of Newspapers Kommersant, Gazeta and Izvestia, the magazine The New Times, as well as editor in chief and CEO of news program “Vesti” channel “Russia”, the first editor-in-chief of magazine “Money”. From 2011 to 2012, he headed the website of “open government”, and then was project Director for international economic discussion club “Dialogues”.

Himself Nicolas Moore came to the plant in April 2016, succeeding BU Anderson, in which AVTOVAZ was in the loss (2015, the company suffered a net loss of 73.8 per bn). He got a new team, and also engaged in optimization of staff and improvement of efficiency of the plant. In may, Vice President for supply chain management of AVTOVAZ was assigned to Paul Miller, who has worked in this capacity in 2014-2015. In July, the plant was established a new position — Vice President for operational crisis management, which was occupied by Elena Frolova, who came from Ford Sollers. August 1, Executive Vice President of sales and marketing was Jan Ptacek, who previously held the post of managing Director on sales of Dacia-Renault-Nissan in Romania. In August the Vice-President for personnel and social policy of AVTOVAZ became Dmitry mihalenko, and previously worked in the company.