MOSCOW, July 10. /TASS/. Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and the head of the Ministry Nikolai Nikiforov on Monday presented the staff of “Mail of Russia” Nikolay Podguzova as the new CEO of the company. He will continue the modernization of the company, to find a balance between traditional telecommunications services and new banking and payment, as well as to conduct the enterprise through a process of corporatization.
The crisis has been overcome
Former Deputy Minister of economic development of Russia Podguzov was replaced at the helm of “Mail of Russia” Dmitry Strashnov, whose powers have been terminated upon expiry of the employment contract 1 July 2017. With the departure Strashnov essentially ended the crisis period of “Mail of Russia”. As head of the Ministry of communications Nikiforov, when in 2013 Strashnov came in the “Mail”, the enterprise was in a state of collapse.
“Let me remind you in 2013 when we presented in the chamber of D. E. (Strashnov – approx. TASS). It was really a crisis situation, was the so-called mail collapse in a few days “Mail of Russia” has closed the admission for international shipments, because the logistics could not cope with the volume that was in our warehouses, primarily Metropolitan airports. It was a crisis decision, it was decided the personnel. His government supported”, – said Nikiforov.
For a short period Strashnova and his team managed to modernize logistics hub, to open new lines for the processing of postal items, to expand the staff, with the result that the throughput of Mail has increased significantly and new year period peak season 2013-2014 took place without incident. Rose and wages, the Minister said: if in 2013, the average salary for Mail made 15 thousand roubles, it now exceeds 21 thousand rubles.
Deputy Prime Minister Dvorkovich thanked Strashnov for the achieved “serious results”, stressing that it is not only his personal assessment, but of the whole government.
“Mail of Russia” has improved the quality of the work, it was felt by the citizens of Russia, it is felt by those who daily sends and accepts messages, packages, use other postal services, mail art… This organization is a few hundred thousand people, more than 40 thousand units. The leadership of this great system, infrastructure, is a daunting challenge. The government considers that Dmitry with this challenge. And we’re thankful for this work”, – said Dvorkovich.
The previous leadership has laid a solid Foundation for further reforms in the framework of “Mail of Russia”, said Dvorkovich. Directions of development of the enterprise “rather ambitious” and complex, said Deputy Prime Minister, they should correspond to the modern level of technology development.
“We need to catch up, and in the full sense of the word to be always ahead of the technology developing in the world. This, of course, digital platforms, the full range of services that can provide “Mail of Russia” – from the universal services that form the basis of postal communication, to financial services. There is controversy as to what else needs to deal with mail. Should it engage in retail trade. To what extent it should provide or be an agent in the provision of public, municipal public services, operator of the state information systems, etc.,” said Deputy Prime Minister.
“I think the law can be adopted within 12 calendar months. But before or after the election (of the President of the Russian Federation – approx. TASS) – it’s hard for me to say now. The very corporatization depends on how will be spelled out in the law. As, for example, in the case of the Railways, when corporatization was committed to a law and then implemented the necessary procedures to register property, etc.” – said Dvorkovich.
Vice-Premier believes that in the case of “Russian Post” corporatization can be made by analogy with the Railways, it is not to delay the transformation into a joint stock company before the moment of registration of all property, and to do everything in parallel.
A plan for the corporatization of “Mail of Russia” was approved in summer 2013. According to the document, Federal state unitary enterprise should be transformed to open joint-stock company, 100% of which will be state-owned. A bill on the reorganization of “Mail of Russia” was submitted to the state Duma in June 2014, but is still not approved.