Uralkali Announces Management Changes

23.11.2020

Uralkali (the Company; Moscow Exchange: URKA), one of the world’s largest potash producers, today announces the Board of Directors’ decision to appoint Vitaly Lauk as CEO of Uralkali effective 4 December 2020. He will succeed Dmitry Osipov in this position, who will resign on 3 December 2020 to focus on the Company’s other projects.

Dmitry Mazepin, Chairman of Uralchem’s Board of Directors, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uralkali, commented:

We are grateful to Dmitry Osipov for the significant contribution he has made to Uralkali’s development. Under his leadership the Company has retained its leading position in the global potash market and by implementing investment projects and corporate governance initiatives, introducing advanced technology for the production and processing of potash and successfully communicating with key stakeholders, as well as consistently executing its socioeconomic policy in the region of operations.

Dmitry Osipov, Uralkali CEO, commented:

I would like to express my gratitude to the shareholders, the Board of Directors, the management team and employees of Uralkali for their help and support. My work at Uralkali has enabled me to gain invaluable managerial experience, new skills and expertise, which has been possible largely due to the Company’s effective positioning in key potash markets.

Vitaly Lauk, Uralkali Technical Director, commented:

I recognise that my appointment reflects a deep level of trust on the part of both our shareholders and the Board of Directors. Supported by the longstanding expertise and professionalism of the management team and employees, the Company will continue its strategic development aimed at maintaining its leading position in the sector.

Biography

Vitaly Lauk was born in 1968. In 1993, he graduated from the Perm State Technical University with a degree in underground mining of mineral deposits. In 2015, he graduated from the St. Petersburg International Institute of Management, where he received an MBA.

He joined Uralkali in 1990 as a mine worker; in 2016, he was appointed First Deputy Technical Director of Uralkali. Since September 2017, Vitaly Lauk has been the Technical Director and member of the Management Board of the Company.

Uralkali (www.uralkali.com) is one of the world’s largest potash producers and exporters. The Company’s assets consist of 5 mines and 7 ore treatment plants in the towns of Berezniki and Solikamsk (Perm Region, Russia). Uralkali employs more than 12,000 people in the main production unit.

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