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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Russian premier says could head Gazprom board of directors

THE HAGUE, April 29 (RIA Novosti) - Viktor Zubkov said on Tuesday he could head Gazprom's board of directors after he steps down as Russian prime minister next month. "My name has been included in the list of candidates for [Gazprom] Management Committee members," Zubkov told reporters adding the vote could take place in June. The chairman of the board of directors is elected from among committee members. Vladimir Putin will take over the premier's post after his second term as president expires in May. Gazprom is expected to hold an annual shareholder meeting on June 27, 2008. Back in February the gas monopoly approved 19 candidates as new board members. Economics minister Elvira Nabiullina is also on the list. There are 11 members on the board, including six government officials. President-elect Dmitry Medvedev, who currently chairs the company's board of directors, will leave the post after his inauguration as president on May 7. Before his appointment as PM in September 2007, Zubkov was head of the Federal Financial Monitoring Service.

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