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Our company's team of executive search consultants consists of 20 specialists who have been working for over ten years in the field of personnel search.
Experience and knowledge, as well as an impeccable business reputation, enables our consultants to solve personnel issues of any complexity.

Sergei Razhev,
Managing Director Cornerstone
Graduated from Moscow state Linguistic University. Started working in the international oil companies – Gulf Canada Texaco. Since 1993 - the sole owner of Cornerstone.
Sergei Razhev ranks among the top 1000 most professional Russian managers in a rating which is established by the Russian Managers Association in cooperation with the Kommersant publishing house.
Thanks to Mr. Razhev’s managerial talent Cornerstone is invariably on the list of the most efficient recruitment agencies in Moscow. Over 22 years of its existence the company has grown 10-fold, has increased its areas of specialization 5 times and has delivered over 10,000 projects of various levels. 80% of recruitment requests to our company come from our regular clients.
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Yury Dorfman,
Partner, Director of the Departments of Law, Human resources, Retail chains and Insurance
Yury graduated from the Russian University of Peoples' Friendship, Department of Economics and Law, specializing in jurisprudence. He has worked in the field of consulting and executive search for over 15 years.
He joined Cornerstone in 1999 as the chief of the department responsible for conducting personnel search in the field of Jurisprudence, Insurance, and HR.
Yury is a member of the Association of Corporate Lawyers.

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Victoria Filippova,
Partner, Director of the Finance and Audit and Hospitality Departments
Victoria graduated from the Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics (REA), specializing in Economics and Labor Sociology and completed a course of financial management at University of Maryland, USA.
Before joining Cornerstone she worked for the several leading Russian banks.
She has worked in the field of consulting and executive search for over 10 years.
She joined Cornerstone in 2001 and became the head of the Department of Finance and Accounting in 2002.
In 2004, according to the rating of the Association of Managers of Russia, Victoria Fillipova was ranked among the top ten most professional consultants in the field of Executive Search in Russia.

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Olga Voroshilova,
Partner, Director of the Departments of Pharmaceuticals, FMCG, Agro-industrial complex and Real Estate
Olga graduated from the Higher School of Economics, specializing in Management.
She has worked in the field of personnel consulting and executive search for over 15 years.
From 1995 until 2000 Olga was the head of a human resources agency in Nizhny Novgorod. She joined Cornerstone in 2000. She became the Chief of the Departments of Pharmaceuticals, Real Estate and Construction in 2003.
In 2004 Olga Voroshilova was ranked among the top ten most professional consultants in the field of executive search in Russia, according to the rating of the Association of Managers of Russia.

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Maria Pavina,
Head of Cornerstone representative office in Saint Petersburg
Maria was born on November 13, 1977 in Novosibirsk. In 2011, she graduated from the Novosibirsk Humanitarian Institute, Law department, in 2009 – from Siberian Academy of Government Service, Human Resources Management. From 2010 to 2012 she was an MBA student of The Open University Business School (LINK). In 1997–2003 she worked as a deputy director responsible for general issues at a construction company; and from 2003 she commenced a career of HR-director. In 2004, Maria won an all-Russia "Gold HR" award. In 2008–2012 Maria worked at Kirovsky Zavod in Saint-Petersburg, where she started from the position of a head of the Project on Implementation of Automated System for Staff Management and afterwards became the head of strategic planning department. In 2012, she was invited to head Saint-Petersburg representative office of HPS Group recruitment company. October 1, 2014 she accepted an offer of Cornerstone’s managing director Sergey Razhev to open and head Cornerstone’s representative office in Saint-Petersburg.

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Elena Bogomolova,
Director of the Banks & Investments Department
Elena graduated from International Higher Business School MIRBIS, London Metropolitan University in the field of Strategic HR, as well as the Moscow State University of Design and Technology in the speciality of Economist.
Elena’s work activity was started at investment banks – Renaissance Capital, MFK-Renaissance and private equity fund – The Sputnik Group.
She joined the Cornerstone team as an adviser of the bank department, specialized in recruitment of the top and middle management for investment banks, private equity funds, hedge funds and diversified holdings. In 2009, she was appointed as a head of the Banks and Investments department. The department headed by Elena performs recruiting in all key fields of activity of investment banks, private equity funds and hedge funds.

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Vladislav Bykhanov,

Partner, Director of the Departments of Oil and Gas and Industry
Vladislav graduated from Moscow Pedagogical University as a teacher of economics. He started working in recruitment in 1997, and since 2000 he has specialised in the oil and gas industries.
Vladislav joined Cornerstone in 2003 as Head of the Oil and Gas Department. Over the ten years of his leadership, this department, which he started from scratch, has become one of the best in the company. Vladislav Bykhanov has a large number of publications in the Mass Media, and conducts professional HR-trainings. He is a regular participant and a speaker in the relevant events, as well as a member of SPE and Russian Society of Petroleum Engineers. According to “Human Resource Management” magazine, in 2011 and 2012 Vladislav was among the top recruitment consultants. Since 2012 he has been a member of the advisory board of the Association of Executive Search Consultants.

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Alexei Razhev, Director of the Metals and Mining Department

With Cornerstone since 2001.
Alexei graduated from the Military Institute (Order of the Red Banner) as a translator and interpreter in Chinese and English, and he worked in information and analysis in several countries in Europe and Asia. He has practical experience of working in a foreign metals company as a project coordinator for implementation of ISO 9000 standards in a quality control department. He regularly takes part in the work of the largest international forums in the metals and mining sector.
He coordinates the work of the consultants, and is himself responsible for filling the most difficult posts.

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Elena Gorokhovatskaya,

Director of the Department for Public Relations, Advertising, and Media
Elena joined Cornerstone more than 15 years ago, creating Marketing, Advertaising and PR practices. For the time, Elena and the department accumulated unique knowledge of the Russian advertising market. Detailed experience of the market and its tendencies are among departments most valuable advantages.
Among Elena’s successful projects – placement of the top-managers for the leading Russian and international advertising and communications agencies.

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