01.03.2013 - The best CEO – pundits’ commentaries
Michael Bogdanov, ÑONSORT
Reading this material, you can comprehend three things.
Firstly, how varied are the paths, leading to success! Secondly, you begin to understand that a top-manager’s success isn’t directly connected to an amount of remuneration or a size of a “golden parachute”. Thirdly, all the companies and each one in their own way assess the manager's contribution to their success – and thank goodness! And one more: all western top-managers, mentioned in the material, originated from business, where they have spent either the whole life, or its larger part.
And what do we have in Russia? Do we in our business have a lot of such strong top managers? What is behind their business success – a real management talent or connections in the right circles, providing for access to state resources? Working in the search industry for a long time, I have become firmly convicted, that the former do exist, although in limited quantity, while the latter prevail. That is why, trying to name the most efficient captains of Russian business, you have to make serious allowances for Russian specifics and look for the most talented leaders among those, who, one way or another, have ties with government structures. In the Top-3-managers in modern Russia, I would include, firstly, German Gref, Head of the most powerful banking structure in Russia – Sberbank. During the past several years, under his management the bank has been undoubtedly making progress, gradually transforming from a Soviet-style organization into a modern financial institution. Sberbank’s solid financial position and its impressive expansion, including expansion abroad, are well-known. But to a larger Not in less extent, I – both as a consumer and an HR-consultant – , am satisfied with a visible improvement in the quality of its staff’s work. Secondly, I would note Head of Rosneft’ Igor Sechin. When he was working earlier in key roles as a state functionary, it was obvious that in this country, dependent so much on oil and gas exports, Igor Ivanovich was nearly an energy dictator. But after taking up a quasi “-business” post in Rosneft’, he has immediately proved a talented manager. Undoubtedly, such recent success stories as the TNK- BP’s merger, cooperation with Exxon Mobil, ENI, Statoil, creation of a joint venture with Itera are tied in with his name. And in reinforcing his team Igor Ivanovich has continued doing a lot which can only be beneficial. Bashneft president Alexander Korsik would be one more nominee of mine for the Top-3 Russian managers. A professional top executive, who has managed to work in KomiTEK, SibNeft’, Renaissance Capital, Itera and RussNeft’ in the past eighteen years, Alexander everywhere works vigorously, skillfully and, most importantly, fruitfully. This trend can be traced in Bashneft’, which recently celebrated its 80-year anniversary with good growth rates. No wonder, Mr. Korsik received a note of gratitude from President Putin himself!