Former Deputy Head of Corporate Finance at Russian Railways (RZD), Pavel Ilichev is bringing to GEFCO his financial and banking expertise and his experience in the transport and logistics sectors, in addition to his knowledge of the Russian market, a strategic area for GEFCO’s development. He is replacing Philippe Cossé who retired after fifteen years within the GEFCO Group. The mission of Pavel Ilichev is to pilot the Group’s performance and to guide the Group’s strategic decisions regarding financial matters, such as mergers and acquisitions.
“I am glad to join GEFCO, a global player in logistics for manufacturers and the European leader in automotive logistics. Beyond its renowned expertise among global customers, GEFCO has a solid financial situation, which puts it in a good position to meet its ambitious growth strategy in an ever challenging sector,” underlined Pavel Ilichev.
Pavel Ilichev started his career in the financial sector in 1997, when he integrated the InkomBank in Treasury Department. In 1999, he joined the BaltUnexim Bank. From 2002 to 2003, he was the Head of Asset Management Division at Ilim Pulp Enterprise, a pulp and paper manufacturer. In 2003 he becomes Head of Treasury of the rail transportation and logistics company Eurosib, then Chief Finance Officer from 2006 to 2009, in charge of the strategic management and diversification of the group’s activities, including the development of container terminals network.
From 2009 to 2015, he held the position of Deputy Head of Corporate Finance at RZD, responsible for the cooperation between the public company and Russian and international capital markets, as well as rating agencies and investors relations. Pavel Ilichev has been a key asset in the improvement of the capital structure of RZD, by proposing innovative solutions on the Russian finance market. He was also in charge of treasury, risk-management and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) financing and execution.
Between 2012 and 2015, Pavel Ilichev was nominated to ‘Top-50 Best independent directors in Russia’ for three years in a row. Delivered by the National Association of Independent Directors of Russia, this title aims at rewarding senior executives with a strong expertise in terms of corporate governance, finance and best practices in public companies.