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  /  Corporate Governance / President

President of JSC “Russian Railways”

President of JSC Russian Railways Yakunin Vladimir Ivanovich

President of JSC “Russian Railways” Yakunin Vladimir Ivanovich

Born on 30 june 1948 in Village Zakharovo of Gus-Khrustalny district, Vladimir region


In 1972, he graduated from the Leningrad Mechanical Institute with a Doctorate in political sciences.

Professional experience:

He began his career as a junior researcher at the State Institute of Applied Chemistry. After completing his military service in the Soviet army, he worked as an engineer and senior engineer at the Directorate of the State Committee of the Council of Ministers for Foreign Economic Relations and as Head of Department at the Ioffe Physical Technical Institute at the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.

From 1985 he was a member of the Diplomatic Service (Second and the n First Secretary at the USSR’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations).

He the n held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CJSC International Centre of Business Cooperation and Head of the North-Western Federal District Inspectorate of the Main Control Directorate of the President of the Russian Federation.

From October 2005 he was Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation and from February 2005, First Deputy Minister of Railway Transport of the Russian Federation.

From October 2003 he was First Vice-President of JSC “Russian Railways”.

By Decree of the RF Government No. 786-r dated 14 June 2005 he was appointed President of JSC “Russian Railways”.

By Decree of the RF Government No. 843-r dated 12 June 2008 he was appointed President of JSC “Russian Railways”.

By Decree of the RF Government No. 987-r dated 10 June 2011 he was appointed President of JSC “Russian Railways”.

V.I. Yakunin is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Centre of the National Glory of Russia and the Foundation of St. Andrew the First, the Founding President of the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations, a Co-President of the Association for Franco-Russian Dialogue, the Scientific Director and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Governance and Problem Analysis Centre at the Social Sciences Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Head of the Department of Government Policy at the Faculty of Political Science at Moscow State University, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Child Welfare Foundation Spread Your Wings, a member of the Board of Trustees of Russian World, a member of the Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the Chairman of the Commission on Transport and Transport Infrastructure, a Visiting Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, an Honorary Doctor of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the President of the International Union of Railways (UIC), the Chairman of the Board, GEFCO.

For his immense contribution to implementing measures to reform railway transport, shaping the development strategy of the Russian railways, providing a constructive social policy, interacting effectively with the authorities of the Russian Federation and constituent entities of the Russian Federation, as well as with foreign railway administrations and international organizations he was awarded the Order of Honor, the Order “For Services to the Fatherland” IV Degree, the medal “For the Development of the Railways”, the Russian Railways’ Badge of Honorary Railwayman and other awards.