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Sibneft Appoints New Head of International Media Relations (25 October 2002)

Moscow, October 25, 2002; Sibneft has appointed John A. Mann II as its new Head of International Media Relations. John previously worked as vice president and client service director of The Willard Group/Burson-Marsteller, the CIS affiliate of the international public relations consulting group.

A native of Washington, DC, John studied political science and Soviet foreign policy at Harvard University. He has been working in public relations/public affairs in the former Soviet Union for over seven years.

From 1995, John served as information services director and country manager for the U.S. Kazakhstan Council, a trade promotion organization, relocating permanently to Almaty (Kazakhstan) in 1996. He followed that with nearly three years as managing director of Almaty-based public relations agency Golden Eagle Services, before moving to Moscow in 2001.

“We are pleased to welcome John to our team,” said Sibneft president Eugene Shvidler. “John’s extensive public relations experience will greatly contribute to our efforts to communicate with a broader international audience.”