Southern Urals Nickel Plant Elects Acting General Director

Southern Urals Nickel Plant Elects Acting General Director

Orsk, Russia – March 16, 2005 – The Board of Directors of Southern Urals Nickel Plant OAO, a subsidiary of Mechel, has appointed Gennady Ovchinnikov as acting General Director.

Biography:

April 2004 - March 2005 – Leading Specialist, Technical Department of Mechel OAO.

2001-2004 – Head of Concentration and Agglomeration Department, Head of Mining Technology Section, Zapsib OAO (West-Siberian Integrated Metallurgical Works).

1974-2001 – Various operational and executive positions at the Sintering Plant of Kuznetsk Integrated Metallurgical Works OAO, including positions of the Chief Engineer, Plant Manager, Head of the Scientific and Technical Information Department, and Head of the Marketing Department.

Gennady Ovchinnikov holds a master's degree in Mining Engineering and Technologies from the Magnitogorsk Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; and a Doctorate in Technical Sciences from the Moscow State Institute of Steel and Alloys.

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Mechel is a Russian metals and mining company, uniting producers of steel, rolled products, hardware, coal, iron ore concentrate, and nickel. Mechel products are marketed domestically and internationally.

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