Sunday, August 2, 2015

Age not a barrier to success for Novaport deputy CEO in Russia

Neelam Mathews
Aug 1 2015
                                                                Pix-Neelam Mathews
“Don’t hurry to reply, but hurry to listen.” Aviation industry executive Anna Varshavskaya seems to subscribe to this Russian proverb. At just 31 years of age, she has ascended to the position of deputy CEO at Novaport, a regional airport investment company that runs eight Russian airports, and is eyeing further growth.
Influenced in her formative years by her father, a military pilot who flew Mi-8 helicopters, Varshavskaya felt that the closest she could come to obtaining his type of career would be to enter the field of aviation.
After graduating from university in Moscow, she accepted a job as a dispatcher at Sheremetyevo International Airport where she says she learned about European work principles from then COO Markus Klaushofer. Now CEO of Malta International Airport, Klaushofer says Varshavskaya was exemplary in her work, successfully attracting airlines to Sheremetyevo and effectively “handing all regulatory affairs with the relevant governmental officials as well”.
In 2010 Varshavskaya joined Novaport as commercial manager. “We implemented a European management style working with our stakeholders,” Varshavskaya told RGN at the recent Routes Silk Road conference in Tbilisi in Georgia. “We adopted this tradition from Markus [Klaushofer]…and it showed good results.”....

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