Mr. Sergey Solonin has served as our director since December 2010 and as our chief executive officer since October 2012. He was nominated to our board of directors by Saldivar. Mr. Solonin is an entrepreneur and has over 14 years of experience in the payment services and banking industries. He is one of the co-founders of OSMP and from April 2009 until October 2012 served as an advisor to the president on financial matters at OSMP. Mr. Solonin is currently the chief executive officer of Qiwi Group, a position he has held since October 2012. He also serves on the board of directors of Qiwi Bank and from March 1999 until September 2009 was the chairman of its board of directors. Mr. Solonin is also an executive of ITbillion LLC as well as one of the two directors of iTech Advisors Ltd. and a director of OJSC United Art Tickets. Mr. Solonin graduated from the Russian Financial Institution in 1996 with a degree in economics.
Ms. Anna Stoklitskaya has served as Head of Marketing since January 2014, before this she served as Managing Director of Visa Qiwi Wallet since July 1, 2013. Ms. Stoklitskaya has over 15 years of strategic and production marketing experience. Before joining the Company, Ms. Stoklitskaya was the associate director for strategic planning and market development for Procter & Gamble in Russia. She also held numerous roles on the market strategy and planning, business development and customer service teams at Procter & Gamble.
Mr. Andrey Popkov has served as Head of Compliance since January 2014, before this he served as head of Qiwi International Payment Systems since January 2010. Mr. Popkov has over 7 years of experience in IT. From November 2005 until December 2009 he was an advisor to the chairman on start-up matters, including mobile wallet project (the predecessor of Qiwi Wallet). Before joining us, Mr. Popkov was a head of the Moscow representative office of Star Glass from September 2003 until October 2005. From October 1983 until March 1990, he was a chemical scientist at Zelinski Organic Chemistry Institute of USSR Academy of Science. Mr. Popkov graduated from Moscow State University in 1983 with a degree in chemistry. He also holds an MBA degree from California State University, Hayward.
Mr. Alexander Karavaev has served as our chief financial officer since July 2013. Prior to his appointment as CFO, he served as chief operating officer of QIWI from August 2012 until July 2013. Before joining QIWI, Mr. Karavaev was chief financial officer of Mail.ru from November 2008 until September 2011. He also previously served as a nominee director for Mail.ru on our board of directors. Previously, Mr. Karavaev was chief financial officer of Akado Group (a subsidiary of Renova Holding) between March 2008 and October 2008 and deputy chief financial officer at Renova between May 2007 and October 2008. He was also vice president of development of financial systems at SUAL Holding from December 2003 until May 2007. Mr. Karavaev started his career at the audit department of Arthur Andersen in July 1997 and after moving to Ernst & Young in May 2001 worked at the audit and business consulting departments until December 2003. Mr. Karavaev graduated with honors from Siberian Aerospace Academy in 1998 with a degree in economics, majoring in management and strategic planning. Concurrently, between September 1996 and October 1997, he attended the University Passau in Germany, studying strategic planning.
Ms. Maria Panferova has served as our general counsel since April 2003. Ms. Panferova has over 12 years of experience in law. She has been with us since our inception. Ms. Panferova is also a director of legal policy and strategic communications in Qiwi-Service JSC, a position she has held since October 2012. From November 2010 until September 2012, she was a vice president for legal policy and strategic communications at OSMP. She also serves on the board of directors of OJSC United Art Tickets, a position she has held since June 2006. Previously, Ms. Panferova was a deputy chairman of the management board and a general counsel of Russian Investment Club CJSC (subsequently renamed as JSCB First Processing Bank (CJSC) and Qiwi Bank), between April 2003 and November 2010. Ms. Panferova graduated from the Saint Petersburg Institute for International Economic Relations, Economics and Law in 2001 with a degree in law.