Mikhail was appointed as the ACRA CEO in April 2020. In 2016–2018, he was Deputy President and Chairman of VTB Bank’s management board. Mikhail Sukhov worked at the Central Bank of the Russian Federation from 1993 through 2016, where he held a number of positions, including four years as Deputy Governor. Mikhail is a professor of the Banking Institution of Russia’s Higher School of Economics. He graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University, holds a PhD in Economic Sciences, and is an Honored Economist of the Russian Federation.
Alexey MukhinManaging Director
Since 2019, he has held the position of Managing Director at ACRA and is responsible for business development and the digital transformation of the Agency. In 2015–2018, he was Head of ACRA’s Compliance and Internal Control Service and has participated in the development of the Agency since its launch. Prior to joining ACRA, Alexey worked in risk management at Gazprombank for more than five years.
Askar YelemessovHead of ACRA’s branch office at AIFC, Kazakhstan
Askar Yelemessov heads ACRA’s branch office in AIFC since 2019. He possesses extensive experience of working in management positions at major Kazakh banks such as Kazkommertsbank and Halyk Savings Bank of Kazakhstan. He was also Head of the Kazakh units of Deutsche Bank and Russian investment company Troika Dialog. Mr. Yelemessov served as Deputy Chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan and the country’s Deputy Minister of Finance. His public work has included heading the Association of Financiers of Kazakhstan and the Financial Sector Committee of the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs. Currently Mr. Yelemessov is also an independent director, a member of the board of directors of the KASE stock exchangeHe graduated from the economics faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University and holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis (US).
Elena AnisimovaSenior Director - Head of Sub-sovereign Ratings Group
Ms. Anisimova joined ACRA in 2016. She is responsible for rating analysis of regional and municipal authorities, as well as analytical research. Before joining ACRA, Ms. Anisimova worked at Rosbank (Societe Generale group) and Deutsche Bank. She takes part in specialized conferences, publishes her comments in Russia's leading mass media, and conducts regular trainings on the regional affairs for market participants.
Ilona DmitrievaManaging Director - Head of the Sovereign Ratings and Macroeconomic Analysis Group
Ilona joined ACRA’s team in 2019. She has more than ten years of experience in the rating industry, including in the offices of Moscow and London’s biggest international agencies. Prior to joining ACRA’s team, Ilona analyzed sovereign risk at the European rating agency Scope (London) and macroeconomic analysis in the London office of the American rating bureau Dun & Bradstreet. Before that, Ilona worked for 8 years at Moody’s (London) and Fitch (Moscow), where she analyzed the creditworthiness of local authorities.
Vladimir GorchakovDeputy Director, Sustainable Development Risk Assessment Group
Vladimir joined the ACRA team in 2021. Vladimir has over 10 years of experience in the rating industry at the Russian and international levels. Since 2017, before joining the ACRA team, Vladimir has been involved in the analysis of financial ESG products and the development of corresponding methodologies at RAEX-Europe in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He took an active part in the verification of the first Russian green bonds and the first green bonds in the Sustainable Development Sector of the Moscow Exchange, and in the issuance of the first in Russia ESG rating assigned to bank. Prior to 2014, Vladimir was in charge of regional research at Expert RA.
Timur IskandarovSenior Director - Head of Project and Structured Finance Ratings Group
Timur joined the ACRA team in May 2016. Since 2021 he heads project and structured finance ratings group. In 2005, Timur worked in the area of lending to small and medium-sized businesses at the Bank of Moscow. In 2007, he joined VTB Bank to work primarily on securitization transactions, their organization and support. In 2014-2016, Timur worked as vice-president for securitization at Raiffeisenbank, where he participated in the creation and implementation of this segment from the ground up. He graduated from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, where he studied mathematical methods in economics.
Larisa LoznovaManaging Director - Head of the International Practice of Non-financial Company Ratings
Larisa joined ACRA team in 2019. She has more than 20 years of experience in international banking groups, such as the EBRD and BNP Paribas, where she held top positions. Larisa was the Vice President of Moody’s Investor Services for more than six years. Prior to joining ACRA’s team, Larisa worked at Alfa-Bank. Larisa holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from Illinois State University (US).
Ekaterina MozharovaSenior Director - Head of the Corporate Ratings Group
Ekaterina joined the ACRA team in 2017. Before joining ACRA, Ekaterina headed the Center for Rating Consulting at Gazprombank. In 2008-2012, she worked on a credit analysis of CIS companies from various sectors at Moody’s. Ekaterina graduated from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), and holds a PhD in economics. Ekaterina delivers lectures and speaks at major Russian and international conferences.
Valeriy PivenSenior Director - Head of the Financial Institutions Ratings Group
Valeriy joined the ACRA team in 2016. Currently he heads financial institutions ratings group. Prior to joining ACRA, he headed the Analytical Team of the Financial Markets Department at Probusinessbank. In 2005–2009, he worked at Otkritie Group, where he analyzed the market of bank shares, conducted strategic studies in the Russian stock market, and was responsible for macroeconomic analysis. In 2001, he graduated from the Russian State University for the Humanities. In 2005, Valeriy successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Modeling the influence of economic factors on the market capitalization of industrial corporations." He received a CFA certificate in 2013 and an FRM certificate in 2019.
Sergey KutenkoDirector - Acting Head of the Methodology Group
Sergey joined the ACRA team in 2019, and he has been heading the methodology group since early 2021. He started his career in risk assessment and analysis in 2008. Prior to joining ACRA, he headed the Risk Methodology Department at RGS-Bank. Sergey graduated from Bauman Moscow State Technical University.
Natalia SuslennikovaHead of the Business Development Directorate
Natalia heads Business Development Directorate at ACRA. She has over 18 years of experience in the Russian financial market. Prior to joining ACRA, Natalia was a director at the Indices and Trade Data Department at Moscow Exchange. Before that, she held the position of Head of the Sales and Customer Service at the Russian office of Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management and headed Uralsib – Capital Management
Alexander KuzminSenior Director - Head of the Compliance and Internal Control Service
Mr. Kuzmin joined ACRA in 2019 and has headed the Agency’s Compliance and Internal Control Service since April 2019. He has more than 18 years of experience working at banks, including 12 years in the field of operational risk management. Prior to joining the Agency, Alexander held senior positions in the risk management divisions of major Russian and international banks, where he was responsible for building and developing operational risk management systems.
Maria MukhinaOperating Director
Maria has been in charge of HR, legal, editorial and external communications teams since ACRA was founded in 2015. Prior to joining ACRA, Maria worked at Gazprombank as a managing director.
Irina ChikleevaHR Director
Ms. Chikleeva joined ACRA in 2016. Prior to joining ACRA, she worked at Gazprombank and recruitment agency Flex.