Training for prospective governors completed

Training for prospective governors completed
Sergey Kirienko Photo: Vitaly Belousov / RIA Novosti

74 people finished the training for the presidential talent pipeline. Among them are Deputy Head of the RusAccreditation Alexey Khersontsev, Head of Russian Post Yaroslav Mandron and Vice-Governor of the Moscow region Nataliya Virtuozova.

On April 20, almost a month before the appointment of the new government and, as a rule, the subsequent personnel reshuffles, the first courses for future governors finished in the Vladimirsky Hall of the Moscow Kremlin. The finalists of the training received diplomas from the hands of the First Deputy Head of the presidential administration, Sergey Kirienko.

Based on RBC's list of listeners, 74 people completed the training for the presidential candidate pool, organized by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) with support of the Kremlin. The authenticity of this document was confirmed by three participants, however, RANEPA informed that they can not confirm or deny this information.

The training, which lasted since early June of last year till this April, was organized by RANEPA with backing from the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, the corporate university of Sberbank, the Higher School of Economics and Administration of the President.

The goal of the program was to prepare appointees for high government posts - including heads of regions, the training participants told RBC. The organizers did not specify the criteria for the selection of participants.

Eight members of the program have already received new posts: Dmitry Azarov became the Governor of the Samara region, Gleb Nikitin – the Nizhny Novgorod region, Stanislav Voskresensky – the Ivanovo region, Alexander Burkov – the Omsk region, Andrey Klychkov – the Orel region, Andrey Travnikov – the Novosibirsk region, Alexander Tsybulsky –Nenets Autonomous District. Artem Zdunov became the Prime Minister of Dagestan.

According to RBC’s sources, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Oleg Fomichev is likely to helm the government's Project Activity Department. It was also said that until the single voting day on September 9, several governors may get offboarded.

From the list of graduates it follows that the government was represented at the training by Deputy Minister of Energy Anastasiya Bondarenko, Deputies Minister of Industry and Trade Alexey Besprozvannykh and Vasily Osmakov, Director of the Department of Economics and Finance and Industry of the Government Valery Sidorenko and Alexey Uvarov, Director of the Regulatory Impact Assessment Department of the Ministry of Economic Development Vadim Zhivulin, Deputy Head of the Federal Property Management Agency Denis Solodovnikov , Head of RusAccreditation Alexey Khersontsev, Head of the Corporation of the Development of Far East subordinate to the Ministry for Development of Russian Far East Denis Tikhonov, General Director of Agency for Technological Development ANO Maxim Shereykin and Assistant to Vice-Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko Alexey Kaymanov.

The Federation Council in the candidate pool of the Kremlin was represented by the Head of the staff of the Upper House, Pyotr Kurchenko, and the Head of the staff of the Rules Committee Dmitry Iskra.

Furthermore, the training was also attended by some representatives of Moscow region authorities – Vice-Governors Ildar Gabdrakhmanov and Nataliya Virtuozova, employees of the Moscow city administration - Head of the Department of Economic Policy Vladimir Efimov, Head of the Main Control Department Evgeny Danchikov and First Deputy Head of the mayor's office Vyacheslav Shulenin.

The regions were represented by Minister of Economy of the Penza region Sergey Kapralov, First Deputy Head of the government of the Yaroslavl region Viktor Kostin, Head of Tyumen Alexander Moor, Chairman of the Duma of the Astrakhan region Igor Martynov, Deputy Prime Minister of Tatarstan Roman Shaykhutdinov, Business Ombudsman in Tatarstan Timur Nagumanov, Deputy Chairman of the government of the Arkhangelsk region Ekaterina Prokopyeva, Chairman of the government of the Ulyanovsk region Alexander Smekalin, Deputy Governor of KhMAO Dmitry Shapoval, acting Chairman of the government of Krasnoyarsk Krai Viktor Tomenko, Head of Ivanovo Vladimir Sharypov and Deputy Chairman of the government of the Tula region Valery Sherin.

Representatives of state companies and state corporations also took part in the talent pipeline program: Executive Director of Rosteс Oleg Evtushenko, Industrial Director of the radioelectronic cluster of Rosteс corporation Sergey Kulikov, General Director of Uralsib Management Company Andrey Nikitchenko, Deputy Head of Russian Post Yaroslav Mandron, Head of the Federal Agency of Scientific organizations (FANO) Mikhail Kotyukov, Head of Innopolis SEZ Igor Nosov, Head of ALROS’s subsidiary - Almazy Anabara company Pavel Marinychev, Head of Russian venture company (RVC) Alexander Povalko, Deputy General Director of TGC-1 Andrey Sokolov and Tyumen State University Principal Valery Falkov. The rest of the participants have already been named by RBC.

Participants of the training had shooting lessons, jumped with a parachute and into water from a rock in Sochi, as well as lay down under a moving armored carrier and competed in races on boats.

The penultimate academic stage took place in Hong Kong (RBC has its program). There they listened to lectures on the digital economy, Chinese philosophy, innovation management and eastern corporate management (the training was called Big Boss and Teamwork). The travel expenses were covered by the participants themselves.

Participants also listened to lectures from representatives of the Russian political and business elite, including Sergey Sobyanin. The draft program included statements by Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, head of the Kremlin administration Anton Vaino, his first deputy Kiriyenko, Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, head of Sberbank Herman Gref, founder of USM Holdings Alisher Usmanov, head of Rosneft Igor Sechin, and others.

Two participants informed RBC that the training is planned to be repeated, the next selection will be held in May.

This training received different rates from the experts interviewed by RBC. Political scientist Yevgeny Minchenko believes that the training gave many practical things, in particular training in public policy, financial literacy, and management practices. In his view, the goal of the program is to create a new generation of managers, who will head the country after the end of Vladimir Putin's term, it is necessary to create community between people.

Alena Vladimirskaya, the director of the Pruffi recruiting agency, says that this training definitely has a benefit, and it consists in the appearance of a trend in appointments to high-ranking staff. She also considers team events as necessary. According to her, governors usually come to the regions with their team, so there is no proper level of communication on the ground.

Political consultant Dmitry Fetisov believes that, from the point of view of the development of psychological stability, these trainings are not useful. He argues that governors, as a rule, are not ready for those political situations in which they face after the appointment. He notes that only two of the newly appointed governors proved themselves to be effective leaders. They are Nikitin and Voskresensky. The first initiated the creation of a transparent system of public procurement in the Nizhny Novgorod region, and the second was able to launch the Lastochka train between Moscow and the capital of the Ivanovo region.

Minchenko says that some of the appointees whom he knows on Minchenko Consulting training after this training have become better speaking in public. In addition, he notes difference between those who participated in the training and those who did not. The main factor of success for the Governor is the presence of political experience.

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