CEO of QIWI Group
Mr. Andrey Protopopov has served as our chief executive officer since June 2021, before this he served as Chief Executive Officer of Payment Services from August 2019 to June 2021. Previously, he served as Head of IT and Product from June 2015 to August 2019 and a Head of Product Management from September 2013 to June 2015. Mr. Protopopov has over 12 years of commercial and product managing experience. Before joining QIWI, Mr. Protopopov worked at Procter & Gamble for 12 years, holding numerous positions in market strategy and planning as well as business development. Mr. Protopopov graduated from Novosibisrsk State University in 2004 with a masters degree in mathematics.
Head of Payment Services, Sales
Mr. Alexander Agakov has served as our Head of Payment Services, Sales since 2017. He had also been acting as our Executive Director since 2013 till 2016 before he moved to RURU company which is also a payment services provider in 2016. Alexander had joined OSMP CJSC as a vice-president of operations and development in Russia and CIS in 2007 and then held different position in OSMP CJSC and QIWI. Mr. Agakov has over 15 years of experience in commerce.
Mr. Agakov graduated from MSI (International Slavic Institute) in 2004 with a degree in Economics.
Ms. Elena Nikonova has served as our interim Chief Financial Officer since April 2021. Ms. Nikonova has over 15 years of experience in finance. She joined QIWI in 2010 as Deputy Head of IFRS Department, and was appointed Deputy CFO for Financial Reporting in 2019. Ms. Nikonova began her career at Ernst & Young, where she worked from 2005 to 2010, holding different positions in the audit department. Ms. Nikonova graduated from Novosibirsk State University in 2005 with a degree in Management.
COO, Compliance, Risks, GR
Ms. Maria Shevchenko has served as our Chief Operating Officer since January 2020. She is also currently a member of the board of directors of Qiwi Bank. Ms. Shevchenko joined us as a Government Relations Counsel in January 2019. Prior to that, she worked at Alfa-Bank JSC holding top positions in business strategy and operations. Ms. Shevchenko graduated from All-Russian Distance-Learning Institute of Finance and Economics (now part of Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation) in 1998 with a degree in banking and finance. In 2005, she received an MBA-Finance from Moscow International Higher Business School MIRBIS (Institute) – London Metropolitan University.