Founder and Director General of JSC (ZAO) CROC incorporated (established in 1992)
Boris ranks as the #1 CEO in the IT industry according to the Top 1,000 Russian managers (2019) rating by Russian Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House and has been listed among the top 3 CEOs in the rating since 2015.
Boris was ranked among the top 3 IT industry executives by the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant publishing house (Executives Rating 2015, 2017, 2018) and has been listed in the rating since 2006. In addition, he is also a Board Member of the Information & Computer Technologies Industry Association (AP KIT) and the ASTRA Outsourcers Association.
Previously, Boris was ranked one of the Top 100 Persons of Russia's IT Industry by the Sekret Firmy Magazine, one of the Top 30 Russian IT Company Executives by Career Magazine, and one of the most reputable IT executives in Russia by CRN Magazine.
Boris has been successfully running CROC for over 25 years and has turned the company into an IT industry leader.
1982 – 1984: Moscow Geological Exploration Institute (full-time postgraduate study), PhD in Engineering
1978 – 1982: Moscow Geological Exploration Institute, Degree in Geophysical Engineering
Since 1992: Founder and life-time Director General of JSC CROC incorporated, which has undergone an incredible transformation, growing from a team of 12 people into one of the top 10 IT companies in Russia (over 10 years now) and a leading IT service provider
1991 – 1992: Founder and Director General of Medicine, Culture and Sport Association
1990 – 1991: Founder of health improvement practice at Your Doctor, one of the largest medical cooperatives in Moscow at that time
1990 – 1991: Senior Researcher at the Institute of Oceanology (USSR Academy of Sciences)
1986 – 1990: Senior Researcher at the Moscow Geological Exploration Institute
Motto: "There is a creation theory and a theory of evolution/competition. For mankind, evolution means development."
Hobbies: Alpine skiing, windsurfing, glider flying, kitesurfing, industrial style music, creative work for and with employees
Dmitry has worked with CROC since the company's establishment and is a key executive responsible for improving relations with the company's largest customers and coordinating cooperation with strategic partners such as HPE, EMC, HDS, Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft, etc.
He directly supervises communication with key customers, participates in corporate marketing and promotional activities, and initiates major campaigns and events to increase awareness of CROC's activities.
One of the three leading commercial directors in the IT industry according to the Top 1,000 Russian managers (2019) rating by Russian Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House
No. 1 corporate governance director in the Russian IT industry according to the 2015 rating by the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House
2006-2007: Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, State and Municipal Management
2002-2003: University of Antwerp Management School, Executive MBA
1999-2001: MATI — K.E. Tsiolkovsky Russian State Technological University (full-time postgraduate study), PhD in Engineering
1988-1994: MATI — K.E. Tsiolkovsky Russian State Technological University, Degree in Strength of Composite Material Products, with "Mechanical Engineer" qualification
Deputy Director General, HR Director, Chief Transformation Officer
Polina Khabarova is CROC's Deputy Director General, Chief Transformation Officer and HRD, contributing to the company's strategic development as an internal transformation thought leader. She is responsible for supporting and supervising all HR department practices, including staff training and education, recruitment, human relations, corporate culture, and internal communications. Together with the Transformation Office team, Polina also advises top managers of leading Russian and international companies on business transformation.
During her time with CROC, Polina has developed several unprecedented HR projects and initiated the creation of unique staff loyalty programs. Polina has led the development of the HR Tech practice at CROC, with 20+ internal business processes being automated, including business travel formalities, onboarding, arrangement of internal training and corporate events, etc.
Today, she also supervises the company's Knowledge Management team, which has been working on projects for the largest companies in Russia for over 10 years. This includes 100+ online and offline training courses in IT, 3D technology, current HR and marketing trends, project management and other practices, as well as custom courses that are unparalleled in Russia (e.g. use of ROI and Big Data in HR and marketing). Polina also supervised the establishment of the CROC MBA and business informatics master's degree programs, which were developed jointly with the Higher School of Business Informatics (HSE, Russia).
Polina is a keynote speaker to address the issue of ‘Women in tech’.
Polina has been recognized as one of the most competent HR directors in Russia, according to the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House since 2014. According to the 2019 ratings, she is one of the three leading HR directors in the IT industry.
In 2018, Polina was invited as an expert to join the HR and Education team of the ‘Digital Economy. Russia 2024’ state program.
Deputy Director General for Business Development, Director of Sales and Project Management Department
Date of birth: March 19
Igor is a head of Sales and Project Management Department that brings together account directors and project management teams from all of the company’s four IT, Computer Systems, Telecom, and Intelligent Building Departments. The new department led by Igor expands the company's project cost management opportunities.
Igor supervised the creation of the corporate information management system for the Federal Road Agency (RosAvtoDor), design and implementation of the state automated election system VYBORY for the Russian Central Election Commission (the federal-scale project where CROC specialists installed the database management system on more than 3,000 PCs throughout Russia, including territorial and district election commissions, and provided technical support for the solution deployed).
1998-2001: Moscow Aviation Institute (full-time postgraduate study)
1993-1998: Moscow Aviation Institute, Degree in Engineering Mathematics
Since 2018: Deputy Director General for Business Development, Director of Sales and Project Management Department, CROC
2005-2018: Director of IT Department, CROC
2004-2005: Deputy Director of IT Department, CROC
2002-2004: Large Account Director, CROC
2000-2002: Developer of billing systems, FORS Holding
Maxim has been with CROC since its launch in 1992 and became the company's leading seller almost from the outset. Maxim is a member of CROC's senior management team, leads an experienced team of more than 60 highly qualified sales managers and successful large account directors, and has 25 years of experience in selling high-tech solutions and services.
No. 1 commercial director in Russia according to the 2015 rating by the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House and has been among the top five in the rating since 2010
1982-1988: Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology, Department of Micro-Appliances and Engineering Cybernetics, Degree in Computers
Since 2001: Deputy Director General, Commercial Director, CROC
1998-2001: Executive Director, CROC
1997-1998: Head of Sales Department, CROC
1992-1997: Sales Department Manager, Large Account Manager, CROC
Hobbies: football/hockey fan
Useful books: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Ivan joined CROC in 1996 and is responsible for maintaining CROC's business relations with the largest Russian companies such as Rosatom State Corporation, Rostec State Corporation, Ingosstrakh Insurance Company, Sberbank of Russia, Russian Agricultural Bank, URALSIB, Volkswagen Group Rus, Domodedovo Airport, BAT Russia, Territorial Generating Company 2 (TGC-2), etc. In addition, he also intensively communicates with the company's strategic partners.
Ivan's achievements include the longest technical support outsourcing contract with British American Tobacco (continuously extended since 2006); implementation of the Unified Industry Electronic Document Management System for 25 entities of Rosatom State Corporation and the world's largest-scale integration solution for Sberbank. Operations under Ivan's control have accounted for approximately one-third of the company's total revenue for several years now.
In addition, Ivan supervised the creation of automated information systems in Sberbank's Central Office and regional branches.
1993–1998: Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Robotics and Complex Automation Department, Degree in Design and Technology of Electronic Devices
Since 2006: Deputy Director General for Key Accounts, CROC
2002-2006: Large Account Director for the Financial Sector, CROC
April 2002-November 2002: Lead Sales Department Manager, CROC
1997-2002: Sales Department Manager, CROC
1996-1997: Marketing Department Manager, CROC
Hobbies: Classical music, literature, and small aircrafts
Vyacheslav leads marketing teams that support the performance and development of technology departments, thus supervising over 100 integrated communications, digital, PR, event marketing, and analytics professionals. He is responsible for the company’s business positioning and promotion, joint marketing programs with strategic partners, business process automation, and department performance improvement.
Vyacheslav develops and supervises the company’s major high-profile projects, such as the national IT Leader Prize (as one of the authors). His project list includes the Paralympics: Games without Barriers social initiative, CROC’s anniversary program ‘20 Ways to Brighten Up Your Life’, Russia's first flying robot contest, Cyber Challenge hacker tournament, international alternative rock music festival CROC-Rock, and many others.
Vyacheslav has been managing the Marketing Department for over 10 years, having started his career at CROC as Advertising Manager before moving onto become Department Director. He is a member of the Best Experience Marketing Festival (BEMA) jury in 2019.
One of the three leading CMOs in the IT industry according to the Top 1,000 Russian managers (2019) rating by Russian Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House
2004 – 2006: State Management University, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
1995 – 2001: Tsiolkovsky Russian State Technological University (MATI)
Since October 2018: Chief Marketing Operations Officer, CROC
Veronika has been a member of CROC's team since the company's establishment in 1992. She develops CROC's marketing policy and positioning strategy (for regions as well) and streamlines market monitoring processes and promotional programs.
Veronika leads the largest marketing department in the Russian IT market and thus supervises the strategic PR team, analysts, specialists who promote solutions offered by all of CROC's technology departments, tender group, translation and information support team, and call center.
In addition, Veronika has participated in many in-company management projects, including Quality Management System implementation, construction of CROC's office buildings, development of social and cultural programs for CROC employees, and design and deployment of CROC's corporate social network. Under Veronika's supervision, CROC completed large educational and media projects jointly with the Stockholm School of Economics, Russia's Higher School of Economics, Russian Managers Association, Specialist Training Center, Harvard Business Review, BFM, Moscow Times, and Vedomosti.
The Marketing Department not only promotes the company's solutions, but also raises brand awareness among its target audience. CROC participates in WWF and Greenpeace projects, charity campaigns, cultural initiatives, and sports events, provides technology assistance to Manege Museum and Exhibition Association, and supports the transnational Antarctic Pavilion, which was established in 2014 at the Venice Architecture Biennale. As part of the project, in its unique 3D cube, CROC's 3D Solution Center visualized the Arctic Poppy Orangery piece created by well-known Russian architect Alexey Kozyr. In addition, CROC was a partner of the 2015 FIA Formula E Moscow ePrix, the first ever fully-electric car race in international motorsports history. Also, as part of its commitment to an independent public project 'The Winners in Life are Winners in Sport', the company provided tablets with specially developed software to the Russian Paralympic Team coaches and staff, thus enabling prompt communication and real-time information exchange.
Veronika has been ranked among the top 10 marketing directors in Russia by the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House since 2005 and is a board member of the ASTRA Strategic Outsourcing Association.
In 2003, Veronika came up with the idea of the National IT Leader Prize, which was awarded with the Silver Archer National Prize in 2004. According to industry experts, the National IT Leader Prize successfully draws attention to organizations and individuals who actually promote IT development in Russia and emphasizes their important role in the adoption of innovative trends, with the event being held each year and supported by major international IT companies and leading Russian mass media players.
2004–2006: State Management University, MBA in Strategic Management
1998–2004: State Management University, Degree in Marketing Management
1984–1988: Moscow Teacher Training College No. 5, Handicrafts Teacher qualification for 4-8 Grades
Since 2002: Deputy Director General, Marketing Director, CROC
2012–2017: Publisher of ibusiness.ru, Russia's first entertaining portal about the business world
1997-2002: Head of Marketing Department, CROC
1996-1997: Advertising and PR Director, CROC
1992-1996: Advertising Director, CROC
1991-1992: Advertising Manager at Medicine, Culture and Sports Association of the Public Diplomacy Fund
1990-1991: Senior Registrar, Advertising Manager, Your Doctor cooperative
1988-1990: Handicrafts Teacher for 4-8 Grades, Moscow school No. 550
Deputy Director General, Managing Director CROC Digital
Date of birth: August 7
Oleg is Deputy CEO at CROC and also leads CROC Digital Insight, a sub-brand offering comprehensive world-class business and technology consulting. CROC Digital Insight provides outstanding expertise, employs lead experts in the most advanced technology and leverages the best business practices and an individual approach for each customer.
Oleg was an active contributor to the creation of demo labs, where information technologies are integrated into end-to-end business solutions in order to simulate and test-drive sophisticated projects, from ideas to functional prototypes.
Thanks to a continuous team development strategy and focus on customers’ business tasks, CROC has been awarded Avaya Diamond Partner, Poly Gold Partner, Cisco Systems Gold Partner, Huawei Gold Partner, and Riverbed Elite Partner, as well as other authorizations by leading IT vendors.
2019: The University of California, Berkeley, ‘Digital Transformation: Leading People, Data & Technology’ certificate
2019: IEDC - Bled School of Management, ‘Digital Transformation in Banking’ certificate
2018: Center for Management Innovations, Diploma in Defining Corporate Strategy Development Approaches
1986 – 1991: Kalinin Kiev Higher Military Academy of Communication, Diploma in Radio Communication
Since 2018: Director of CROC Digital Insight
Since 2006: Deputy CEO for Integrated Projects, CROC
2003 – 2006: Large Account Director, CROC
2001 – 2003: Project Manager, CROC
1998 – 2001: Lead Telephony Engineer at the IT Board, NTV-Plus
1997 – 1998: Radio Engineer at the Engineering System Operation and Maintenance Board, Most Group
Natalia shapes the department's development strategy and helps peers select and improve promising technologies, including carrier-grade solutions, Digital Signage, network services, video conferencing, contact center as a service based on CROC's Virtual Data Center, HD videos via Wi-Fi at sports venues, and InfiniBand high-speed data transfer technology.
In 2014, Natalia's Telecom Department expanded its portfolio with domestic solutions to keep pace with the import substitution trend and thus concluded agreements with leading Russian IT developers and completed relevant projects for customers in finance, mining and other industries. The department continues to search for new domestic partners in line with its import substitution strategy.
As part of her key duties, Natalia establishes relationships with CROC's strategic accounts and supervises technically challenging and large-scale projects, such as development of corporate geographically distributed multiservice networks at VimpelCom, Alfa-Bank and other large domestic banks; creation and upgrade of Tele2 contact centers; Russia's first implementation of a speech analysis system at National Recovery Service; and the upgrading of a nation-wide multiservice network for the Central Election Commission of Russia to unite all information resources of the state automated election system VYBORY into a unified environment.
Natalia supervised CROC's team during the establishment of Polycom Demo Center—an unparalleled site in Russia in terms of the use of different advanced video conferencing technologies. Natalia also actively helped CROC achieve top authorizations from the largest IT vendors, including Cisco, Avaya, Polycom, Riverbed, AudioCodes, and Nice.
1995–2001: Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Diploma in Systems Engineering
Since 2002: Head of Telecom Department at CROC
2001-2002: Project Manager of Network Technology Division at CROC
Director of Engineering and Multimedia Systems Department
Date of birth: October 1
Sergey headed CROC's Intelligent Building Department in 2018 to shape the department’s technical policy, coordinate low-current, electromechanical, service, and capital construction practices, develop business relationships with strategic partners, vendors and subcontractors, with more than 160 specialists being under his supervision.
Over the years with CROC, Sergey has completed a range of large-scale integrated projects requiring the competencies of all CROC departments and cooperated with large accounts, such as Rosatom State Corporation, ALROSA, and M.video. In particular, he managed the creation of an integrated information system for the courts of general jurisdiction at the Moscow City Court, including building and commissioning of the customer's own data center - an unparalleled project worldwide for this sector.
2002 – 2007: Moscow State University of Railway Engineering, Diploma in Government and Municipal Management
Since 2018: Director of Intelligent Building Department, CROC
2017 – 2018: Deputy Director of Intelligent Building Department, CROC
2010 – 2017: Project Manager at IT Department, CROC
2008 – 2010: Assistant Project Manager at IT Department, CROC
2007 – 2008: Implementation Consultant at IT Department, CROC
Hobbies: model kits
Useful books: The Trilogy of Desire by Theodore Dreiser
Valentin headed CROC’s Computing Systems Department in 2016. Valentin plays a key role in the department development and transition from traditional hardware solutions to integrated ones based on the combined competencies of different technological departments working together to optimize IT infrastructure costs, improve business continuity, protect data, and transform IT using a service-oriented model.
Valentin follows a clear business-focused approach to evaluate customers’ IT infrastructure tasks in terms of business goals and needs and then find the most appropriate solutions.
Valentin managed the joint activities of project teams staffed with specialists from different CROC technological departments during the completion of several integrated infrastructure projects for companies of State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM and dealt with many key customers in manufacturing and energy sectors, including leading Russian companies such as Novolipetsk Iron and Steel Works.
2001-2007: Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Informatics and Computer Equipment, master’s degree
Since 2016: Director of Computer Systems Department at CROC
2015–2016: Deputy Director of Computer Systems Department for Innovative Solutions at CROC