Vitaly Savelyev


Vitaly Gennadyevich Savelyev (Russian: Виталий Геннадьевич Савельев; born January 18, 1954) is a Russian businessman and politician serving as the Minister of Transport since 10 November 2020. Previously, he served as the chairman and CEO of Aeroflot, Russia's largest airline, from 2009 to 2020.[2]

Vitaly Savelyev
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Savelyev in 2020
Minister of Transport
Assumed office
10 November 2020
PresidentVladimir Putin
Prime MinisterMikhail Mishustin
Preceded byYevgeny Dietrich
Personal details
Born (1954-01-18) January 18, 1954 (age 68)
Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, USSR
Political partyUnited Russia
Known forCEO of OJSC Aeroflot[1]


Vitaly Savelyev was born on January 18, 1954 in Tashkent.[3] In 1977, he graduated from the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute (Mechanical Engineering), and earned a PhD in economics in 1986 from the Leningrad Engineering and Economics Institute.[4]

From 1977 to 1984, Vitaly Savelyev worked at the USSR Ministry of Energy (Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam). He became Deputy Director of the All-Union SevZapMetallurgMontazh Trust in 1984, and Deputy Director of the GlavLeningradEngStroy Chief Directorate in 1987. In 1989, he was named President of Russian-American DialogInvest JV, Chairman of the Executive Board of Rossiya Bank in 1993, and Chairman of the Executive Board of Menatep in 1995. In 2001-2002, he was Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of OJSC Gazprom,

  • 2001 − present — Member of the Council of the Association of Russian Banks
  • 2002 − 2004 — Gros United Company, Vice-President
  • 2004 − 2007 — Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Deputy Minister
  • 2007 − 2009 — AFK Sistema, First Vice-President
  • 2009 − present — OJSC Aeroflot – Russian Airlines, Director General[5]

Vitaly Savelyev served as chairman of the boards at All-Russia Exhibition Centre, OJSC Russian Development Bank, MTS, Komstar, OJSC SMM, CJSC SkyLink, and Shiam Telelink.

In 2010, Russian president Vladimir Putin tasked Vitaly Savelyev to transform Aeroflot in Russia's first full-fledged airline group. Many regional carriers were merged with Aeroflot.[6] In 2013, he made Aeroflot the main sponsor of the UK soccer team Manchester United.[7] He introduced Aeroflot's new low-cost airline Pobeda in 2014 and actively contributed to bend Russia's aviation code to favor the development of airline activities.[6] In June 2017, he announced that 40% of Aeroflot's fleet would be composed of domestic aircraft (including Irkut aircraft).[8] Between 2009 and 2017, the number of passengers carried by Aeroflot grew from 8.9 million to 50.1 million. In August 2018, he was reelected CEO of Aeroflot.[6]

In 2018, the US added Vitaly Saveley in its "Kremlin List", not a sanction, rather a way to identify Russia's top economic agents.[9] In May 2022 the United States Department of the Treasury placed sanctions on him pursuant to Executive Order 14024 as a member of the Government of Russia.[10]

Minister of TransportEdit

Savelyev at his confirmation hearing on November 10, 2020

On 9 November 2020, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin nominated Savelyev for the Minister of Transport after the resignation of Yevgeny Dietrich.[11] On 10 November, Savelyev's candidacy was approved by the State Duma and on the same day, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree appointing Savelyev to the post of Minister.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Savelyev was a boxer and achieved the rank of Candidate for Master of Sport of the USSR. He is married and has two sons and one daughter.[13]

Honours and awardsEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ Aeroflot Improves Grooming, Cuisine to Shed Soviet-Era Image
  2. ^ "Aeroflot Today — Structure of Company — Board". Aeroflot. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  3. ^ Савельев, Виталий
  4. ^ "Vitaly Savelyev". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  5. ^ "New CEO at Aeroflot". Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Aeroflot. "Vitaly Saveliev Re-elected as CEO of Aeroflot". Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  7. ^ "Manchester United renew with Aeroflot - SportsPro Media". 10 April 2017. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  8. ^ "Aeroflot says new Russian jet 'serious' competitor to Boeing, Airbus". Reuters. 2017-06-02. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  9. ^ "US Sanctions Throw Lifeline to Russian Domestic Plane Manufacturers". Jamestown. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  10. ^ "U.S. Treasury Severs More Networks Providing Support for Putin and Russia's Elites". U.S. Department of the Treasury. Retrieved 2022-06-02.
  11. ^ Оперативное совещание с вице-премьерами
  12. ^ Госдума утвердила кандидатуры новых членов правительства. Список
  13. ^ "САВЕЛЬЕВ Виталий Геннадьевич" (in Russian). Московский бизнес портал (Moscow Business Portal). Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  14. ^ RosBusinessConsulting

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