KazAtomProm appoints new chairman

07 May 2015

Askar Zhumagaliyev, Kazakhstan's former deputy minister for investment and development, has been appointed the new chief executive officer of the country's uranium mining company KazAtomProm. Zhumagaliyev's appointment follows the unexpected death of the company's previous CEO and chairman Nurlan Kapparov, who suffered a heart attack and died on 26 March during a working visit to China.

Zhumagaliyev was introduced to the company's staff yesterday by Vladimir Shkolnik, minister of energy and chairman of KazAtomProm's board of directors. His appointment had been approved at an extraordinary meeting of the board and agreed with the government.

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KazAtomProm's news chairman Askar Zhumagaliyev (Image: Kazatomprom)

"It's very sad to think that I have come to work instead of my friend. Nurlan Zhambulovich and I worked together in government and used to help each other. May he rest in peace," Zhumagaliyev said in a statement issued by KazAtomProm yesterday. "We must continue the work that [he] started. It's essential that we fulfil the strategy approved by the head of state. It won't be easy, but we must [do it]."

Shkolnik said that Zhumagaliyev, who was also once president of KazakhTelecom, was a "highly skilled manager, professional director and qualified specialist possessing the required abilities". He was also a recipient of national and international awards. Between March 2010 and January 2012, he was minister of communication and information and was then appointed ministеr of transport and communication.

Zhumagaliyev has held his latest ministerial role since August 2014.

Kapparov became CEO of state-run KazAtomProm in August 2014 and "gave new impetus" towards the development of Kazakhstan's nuclear power industry that aimed to cover the complete fuel cycle, KazAtomProm said on announcing his death on 27 March.

Kapparov, who was also KazAtomProm chairman, took over from Shkolnik when he was appointed head of the country's new energy ministry.

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