Southern Kuzbass Coal Company’s board appointed Igor Khafizov, 38, as general director. He replaces Leonid Oparin who has held the position since October 2004.
“Igor Khafizov is a highly qualified professional in mining. Over the years of his successful work in Mechel he proved himself as a talented manager and an efficient production runner,” Mechel chief Vladimir Iorich said.
“Under his management, the Korshunov Mining Plant has been demonstrating excellent production and operating performance over the last three years. I am confident that Mr Khafizov's considerable experience and expertise will have a positive impact on the business of our core mining asset."
Khafizov was the director of the Korshunov Mining Plant for three years, and has been at the plant for a total of 14 years. He has a degree in mining engineering.