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The Nominations Committee advises the Board on its composition, making recommendations on the addition or replacement of directors where appropriate.

The Nominations Committee membership

Alexander Abramov
Alexander Abramov Non-executive Chairman Nominations committee
Alexander Abramov
Alexander Abramov Non-executive Chairman Nominations committee

Appointment: Alexander Abramov has been a Board member since April 2005. He was CEO and chairman of Evraz Group S.A. until 1 January 2006 and continued to serve as chairman until 1 May 2006. Mr Abramov was a non-executive director from May 2006 until his reappointment as chairman of the Board on 1 December 2008. He was appointed chairman of EVRAZ plc on 14 October 2011.

Committee membership: Mr Abramov is a member of the Nominations Committee.

Skills and experience: Mr Abramov graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology with a first-class honours degree in 1982, and he holds a PhD in physics and mathematics. He founded EvrazMetall in 1992.

Other appointments: Mr Abramov is a Bureau member of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (an independent non-governmental organisation), a member of the Board of the Skolkovo Institute for Science and Technology and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Alexander Izosimov
Alexander Izosimov Independent Non-executive Director Audit Committee Chairman of the Remuneration committee Chairman of the Nominations committee
Alexander Izosimov
Alexander Izosimov Independent Non-executive Director Audit Committee Chairman of the Remuneration committee Chairman of the Nominations committee

Appointment: Alexander Izosimov was appointed to the Board of EVRAZ plc on 28 February 2012.

Committee membership: Mr Izosimov is chairman of the Remuneration Committee. He is also a member of the Nominations Committee and the Audit Committee.

Skills and experience: Mr Izosimov has extensive managerial and board experience. From 2003 to 2011, he was president and CEO of VimpelCom, a leading emerging market telecommunications operator. From 1996 to 2003, he worked at Mars Inc, where he held various managerial positions, including regional president for CIS, Central Europe and Nordics, and he was a member of the executive board. Prior to Mars Inc, Mr Izosimov was a consultant with McKinsey and Co (Stockholm, London, 1991–1996) and was involved in numerous projects in the transportation, mining, manufacturing and oil businesses. Until recently, Mr Izosimov served on the boards of MTG AB, Dynasty Foundation, LM Ericsson AB and Transcom SA. He also previously served as director and chairman of the GSMA (global association of mobile operators) board of directors and was a director of Baltika Breweries, the Sladko confectionery company, and the Teleopti AB IT company. He holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Other appointments: Mr Izosimov is an independent non-executive director of the Moscow Stock Exchange.

Deborah Gudgeon
Deborah Gudgeon Independent Non-executive Director Chairman of the Audit Committee Remuneration committee Nominations committee
Deborah Gudgeon
Deborah Gudgeon Independent Non-executive Director Chairman of the Audit Committee Remuneration committee Nominations committee

Appointment: Deborah Gudgeon has been a Board member of EVRAZ plc since May 2015.

Committee membership: Ms Gudgeon serves as chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Skills and experience: Ms Gudgeon is a qualified chartered accountant with 30 years’ experience. She started her career with Coopers and Lybrand and in 1987 became a senior accountant for Salomon Brothers International. From 1987 to 1995, Ms Gudgeon served as a finance executive at Lonrho PLC and was appointed as a member of the Finance Committee in March 1993. From 1995 to 1998, she served as a director for Halstead Services Limited, and, from 1998 to 2003, she served as a director of Deloitte, specialising in corporate finance. From 2003 to 2009, Ms Gudgeon served as a founding director of the Special Situations Advisory team for BDO LLP, providing integrated advice on corporate finance, restructuring, debt and performance improvement. From 2011 to 2017, Ms Gudgeon served as managing director of Gazelle Corporate Finance Limited.

Other appointments: Ms Gudgeon is currently a senior adviser at Penfida Limited.

Eugene Shvidler
Eugene Shvidler Non-executive Director Nominations committee
Eugene Shvidler
Eugene Shvidler Non-executive Director Nominations committee

Appointment: Eugene Shvidler has been a Board member of Evraz Group S.A. since August 2006. He was appointed to the Board of EVRAZ plc on 14 October 2011.

Committee membership: Mr Shvidler is a member of the Nominations Committee.

Mr Shvidler served as president of Sibneft from 1998 to 2005, having previously been senior vice president from 1995. He holds an MSc and an MBA.

Other appointments: Mr Shvidler currently serves as chairman of Millhouse LLC and Highland Gold Mining Ltd.

James Rutherford
James Rutherford Independent Non-Executive Director Audit Committee Nominations committee
James Rutherford
James Rutherford Independent Non-Executive Director Audit Committee Nominations committee

Appointment: James Rutherford was appointed to the Board of EVRAZ plc on 15 June 2021

Committee membership: Mr. Rutherford is a member of the Nominations Committee and the Audit Committee.

Skills and experience: Mr. Rutherford held senior roles in a 25-year career in investment management and investment banking, specialising in the global mining and metals sector.

He previously served as a Non-Executive Director at Anglo American plc (from 2013 to 2020) and as Chairman of Dalradian Resources Inc (from 2015 until its takeover in 2018). From 1997 to 2013, he was Senior Vice President with Capital Group where he had responsibility for investments globally in the metals and mining industry. Previously, from 1993 to 1997, he served as Vice President of Equity Research at the investment bank HSBC James Capel in New York, covering the South American metals and mining industry.

Mr. Rutherford graduated from Queen’s University Belfast as a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Computer Science and from University of Sussex as Master of Arts in Development Economics. He is also an alumnus of the London Business School.

Other appointments: Mr. Rutherford’s current appointments include: Non-Executive Chairman at Centamin plc and Senior Independent Director at Anglo Pacific Group plc.

Stephen Odell
Stephen Odell Independent Non-Executive Director Audit Committee Remuneration committee Nominations committee
Stephen Odell
Stephen Odell Independent Non-Executive Director Audit Committee Remuneration committee Nominations committee

Appointment: Stephen Odell was appointed to the Board of EVRAZ plc on 15 June 2021

Committee membership: Mr. Odell is a member of the Audit Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Nominations Committee

Skills and experience: Mr. Odell has extensive international automotive and large industrial company experience gathered over a 38-year history. He retired from Ford Motor company as a Global Executive Vice President in 2018. As an Executive Vice President, he was responsible for Global Sales, Marketing and Service operations for Ford and prior to that, President of Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa. Other prior experience include CEO of Volvo Cars, based in Gothenburg Sweden, and Senior Managing Director for Mazda Car Corporation, based in Hiroshima Japan. Mr. Odell has lived in multiple countries around the world and established the FordSollers joint venture in Russia, where he served as joint Chairman for three years.

Mr. Odell graduated from the University of Brighton as a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies.

Other appointments: Mr. Odell is currently Chairman of the Board at Accsys Technologies plc, a UK listed sustainable timber company.

The Nominations Committee Report 2020 from the latest annual report can be downloaded below.

Report of the Nominations Committee for 2020