Russian Federation aluminium giant UC Rusal announced two senior staff appointments to its Aluminium Division yesterday.
The firm announced the appointment of Oleg Buts to the position of Managing Director of the Irkutsk Aluminium Smelter (IrkAZ) in southern Siberia. Buts is replacing Evgeny Kuriyanov, who has been named the Managing Director of the Krasnoyarsk Aluminium Smelter (KrAZ) in west-central Siberia.
Buts is an alumnus of Krasnoyarsk State Technical University, where he specialized in Casthouse Equipment and Technologies. He completed a Business Management training course in Production Systems at the Higher Business School at Moscow State University in 2004. Buts began his career in 2001 as a non-ferrous casting operator at Krasnoyarsk Aluminium Smelter. He worked his way up from a regular employee to a senior manager of the casthouse in only four years. Buts then became head of the casthouse business unit at the Sayanogorsk Aluminium Smelter (SAZ), where he managed the implementation of the methods and approaches of the production system at all six plants at the Sayanogorsk industrial site, including SAZ, Khakas Aluminium Smelter (KhAZ), and SAYANAL. He was appointed as Director of Department for Production System Training at Production development Directorate of UC Rusal in 2011, which is the position he held prior to the appointment in question.
Kuriyanov graduated with honors from Irkutsk State Technical University in 2004, where he specialized in Nonferrous Metallurgy. He earned an MBA degree from the Higher Business School at Moscow State University in 2011. Kuriyanov began his career in 1999 at Bratsk Aluminium Smelter as a molten salts’ pot operator. From 2004 to 2015, he worked at Krasnoyarsk Aluminium Smelter in a wide variety of positions, including as a pot operator and a Director for Reduction Process prior to his appointment as Managing Director of Irkutsk Aluminium Smelter in 2015.