Executive management

Meet out leadership team!

The CEO has the role to represent the Group, along with members from the executive management who have responsibilities in different areas of activities. 

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ILIAS KULDZHANOV

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kuldzhanov is responsable of the strategic leading and performance of the Group, globally, as a sustainable company focused on energy solutions in the current market challenges.

He has more than a decade experience in the oil and gas sector and previously occupied various management positions in the Kazakhstan Sovereign Wealth Fund - Samruk-Kazyna, KazMunayGas, Petroleum Operating, and Citigroup. During 2013 and 2014, he was the advisor to the General Manager of KMG International, being familiar both with the activities and operations of the Group, but also with the particularities of the sector in Romania and in the region.

Ilias Kuldzhanov graduated from the Omsk State University specializing in International Economics, Moscow State University for International Relations with a specialization in International Economic Relations, Kazakhstan-British Technical University - specialization in Petroleum Engineering and he is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. in the same field at the Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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ASKAR ABILOV

Chief Officer Finance & Risk Management

Mr. Askar Abilov provides expertise and strategic leadership in the financial and risk management activities ensuring financial integrity as per best practices in the sector. He overviews financial reports of revenues, expenditures, investments and risk management operations and assists the Chief Executive Officer and top management of KMG International Group in the financial evaluation of the business.

Before joining the Group, Mr. Askar Abilov held the position of CFO, member of the Management Board of the Kazakh – British Technical University JSC in Almaty. His extensive experience in the finance and economic fields is based on different responsibilities he had by holding top management positions in companies like Asia Gas Pipeline LLP, Kaztransgas JSC, Intergas Central Asia JSC, NC KazMunayGas. Mr. Abilov has also contributed to projects aimed at developing the community, such as the role of financial consultant at the Almaty Development Center.

Mr. Abilov holds a Bachelor’s Degree (with honors) from Kazakh State National University -International Economics program. In 1999, he graduated School of Arts and Sciences, IDE (International and Development Economics) program, holding a Master of Arts in Economics from Yale University USA.

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CLAUDIU MIHAI CONTANU

Chief Officer Trading & Supply Chain

Mr. Contanu is responsible for operational planning, as well as defining the business strategy for the Trading, Supply Chain and Logistics activities, in line with the objectives set in the KMG International Group strategy.

He joined the Group in 2007 as Director of Planning and Performance Management within the Trading Business Unit in Switzerland, continuing in 2010 this activity at Group level. In 2012, Mr. Contanu was appointed Managing Director, Supply Chain, implementing the supply chain and logistics strategy by ensuring effective distribution of products to the final consumer. In 2015, Mr. Contanu served as Managing Director Trading, providing raw materials to the three production units of the Group, Petromidia and Vega refineries and petrochemical division and also the sale of final products. Between December 2016 and July 2018, Mr. Contanu was appointed Chief Officer Trading within our Group.

Prior to joining our team, Mr. Contanu held various jobs in finance within multinational companies. He graduated in 2002 the Faculty of Finance, Insurance, Bank and Stock Exchange within the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Management and Financial Markets, from the same institution. Between 2004-2006, he attended the Romanian-Canadian MBA with a diploma in Finance.

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CĂTĂLIN DUMITRU

Chief Officer Retail & Marketing

Mr. Cătălin Dumitru defines and implements the business strategy for Retail and Marketing activities in line with the Group’s strategy.

With over 25 years of professional experience, Mr. Dumitru joined the company in 2002 as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for organizing and coordinating the financial activity for two of the Group’s companies. On account of his managerial skills, Mr. Dumitru was appointed Deputy General Manager for Dyneff Group between 2006 – 2008 and in 2008 as CEO of Dyneff Group, where he successfully coordinated the storage, trading and distribution of oil products for customers and partners of KMG International in Western Europe. Mr. Dumitru was appointed in 2014 as Vice President, coordinating all operational activities of the KMG International Group, followed by the position of Chief Trading Officer.

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YEDIL UTEKOV

Chief Officer Production & Industrial Services

Mr. Utekov will coordinate the strategies for developing and implementing the state-of-the-art solutions at the level of Group production entities. He has graduated from the Astrakhan State Technical University, Engineering Chemistry of Natural Resources and Hydrocarbons specialty.

Mr. Utekov has joined the KMG International Group in 2011, holding several general management level positions such as General Manager Rompetrol Rafinare between June 2014 and December 2019 and Chief Officer Production. Based on his experience and expertise, Yedil Utekov will remain member of the Board of Directors of Rompetrol Rafinare.

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ISKANDER ABDIBAITOV

Chief Officer Corporate Development

Mr. Iskander Abdibaitov ensures the management for the Corporate Development Block, including Public Relations and Internal Communications functions, in accordance with the Group's long term strategy.

Previously, Mr. Abdibaitov held the position of Director of oil and gas division at JSC National Wealth Fund “Samruk-Kazyna”, where he was in charge of coordinating the development of the “National Company “KazMunayGas” from shareholder’s perspective, implementing measures towards increasing the shareholder’s value, ensuring alignment of “KazMunayGas” strategic goals with the shareholder’s expectations, as well as coordinating M&A projects related to KMG assets.

Prior to this position, Mr. Abdibaitov had been involved in several management positions within “National Company “KazMunayGas”. His work with “KazMunayGas” Group began in 2010 and through the years he served as a Chief Manager of the Overseas Projects Management Department, followed by the Chief Coordinator position for the Foreign Investments Management Department until 2012, and Deputy Director of the Assets Management Department until 2016.

A lawyer by profession, Mr. Abdibaitov holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the American University of Central Asia, a Master of Laws (LLM) in American Law from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Geneva Business School in Switzerland.