Corporate Governance

NameTitleCommittee Membership

John Boynton

Independent Non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
Chairperson of Corporate Governance, Nominating Committees
Member of Audit, Compensation, Investment, Nominating Committees
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John Boynton has been a non-executive director since 2000 and was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Board in 2016. He was a founding shareholder of Yandex and has served the Board in a number of capacities including Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee, Chairman of the Compensation Committee, and Member of the Audit Committee. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
In addition to Yandex, he was co-founder of CompTek and InfiNet Wireless in Russia and has served as a founder, investor and/or board member in a variety of growth companies in technology, healthcare services, and real estate. His career was shaped by a student trip to the Soviet Union in 1983. He was studying Russian language at the time, and that trip inspired him to direct his entrepreneurial energy toward Russia after graduating from Harvard in 1988.

Charles Ryan

Independent Non-executive Director
Chairperson of Investment, Audit Committees
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Charles Ryan became a non-executive director of Yandex at the time of its initial public offering in 2011. A finance professional with 29 years of experience in both the Russian and international markets, Mr. Ryan co-founded United Financial Group (UFG) and became its Chairman and CEO in 1994. In 1998, Mr. Ryan initiated the New Technology Group within UFG Asset Management, which sponsored an early-stage technology investment in ru-Net Holdings whose investments include Yandex. In 2006, Deutsche Bank acquired 100% of UFG's investment banking business, and Mr. Ryan was appointed chief country officer and CEO of Deutsche Bank Group in Russia and remained in that position until the end of 2008, when he became chairman of UFG Asset Management. From 2008 through the end of 2010, Mr. Ryan was a consultant for Deutsche Bank. Prior to founding UFG, Mr. Ryan worked as an associate and principal banker with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London from 1991 to 1994 and as a financial analyst with CS First Boston from 1989 to 1991. Mr. Ryan is also a founder and the general partner of Almaz Capital Partners, an international VC firm, headquartered in Silicon Valley, which connects entrepreneurs and engineering talent in the USA and Eastern European /CIS countries and brings prominent startups to the global market. Mr. Ryan has a degree in Government from Harvard University. The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Ryan meets the SEC criteria for an Audit Committee Financial Expert.

Alexander Voloshin

Independent Non-executive Director
Member of Corporate Governance, Nominating Committees
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Alexander Voloshin has been a non-executive director of Yandex since August 2010 after serving as an advisor to the company for two years. Since February 2012, Alexander Voloshin has served as Chairman of the Board and Independent Director at JSC Freight One. As the leader of the Moscow International Financial Centre working group, Mr. Voloshin championed an overhaul to Russia’s corporate governance rules, helping to update guidance in line with global best practice. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uralkali from 2010 to 2014. Prior to joining our Board of Directors, Mr. Voloshin served as Chairman of the Board of MMC Norilsk Nickel from 2008 to 2010 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of RAO "UES of Russia" from 1999 to 2008. Mr. Voloshin has been Chairman of the Board at Moscow Business School Skolkovo since 2016. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Transport Engineers in 1978 and holds a degree in economics from the All-Russia Foreign Trade Academy.

Rogier Rijnja

Independent Non-executive Director
Chairperson of Compensation Committee
Member of Nominating, Audit, Investment, Corporate Governance Committees
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Rogier Rijnja has been a non-executive director of Yandex since 2013. Mr. Rijnja is a management consultant and executive coach. Previously he served as a Senior Vice President of Human Resources and a member of the executive committee at D.E Master Blenders, a Dutch public company listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange. Earlier, Mr. Rijnja served as head of the human resources departments at several international companies, including Maxeda (2008 to 2011), Numico N.V. (2004 to 2008) and (2002 to 2004). Prior to this, he was director of global management development at Reckitt Benckiser PLC from 1998 to 2002, and a human resources manager for Nike Europe from 1996 to 1998. Between 1989 and 1996, Mr. Rijnja held several positions at Apple in The Netherlands and the United States. Mr. Rijnja has a degree in law studies from Leiden University in The Netherlands.

Alexey Yakovitsky

Independent Non-Executive Director
Member of Public Interest Committee
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Alexei Yakovitsky started his career in equity research at United Financial Group (UFG). He was ranked the #1 telecom analyst for Russia by Institutional Investor in 2004 and was cohead of Russian equity research at UFG and Deutsche Bank (which acquired UFG) in 2005-2008. He then joined VTB Capital in 2008 as co-head of equities and head of research and served as its Moscow CEO from 2009 till Q1 2022. Mr. Yakovitsky has degrees from Moscow Lomonosov State University, Department of History, as well as from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy (Albany, US).

Alexander Moldovan

Independent Non-executive Director
Member of Nominating Committee
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Alexander Moldovan first joined the Board in June 2021.
Dr. Moldovan is Chairman of the Academic Council of the Vinogradov Institute and a full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is one of the foremost experts on the history and evolution of the Russian language. His collaborations with Yandex date back more than 20 years when he worked with Arkady Volozh and Ilya Segalovich to develop the first National Russian Language Corpus on top of our core search platform.
As a member of our Board of Directors, Dr. Moldovan will be well-positioned to help Yandex develop a variety of projects related to speech and language technologies as well as ESG initiatives related to inclusivity and adaptation of the Company's products for all audiences, including people with disabilities. Mr. Moldovan's popularity in scientific circles will help the Company gain access to cutting edge R&D, and of course, Dr. Moldovan's experience will be useful in Yandex's educational initiatives.

Andrey Betin

Independent Non-executive Director
Member of Nominating, Public Interest Committees
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Andrey Betin is a businessperson and former public official. Since February 2023, Mr. Betin works as Deputy General Director of the Autonomous Non-Profit Organization "Russia – country of opportunities" – an open platform for participation in all-Russian projects, learning new skills and realizing talents. The overall goal of the projects is to provide equal opportunities so that everyone can express themselves, realize their professional potential, and implement business ideas or public initiatives. From 2002 to 2013, Mr. Betin held various positions in commercial companies. From 2016 to 2017, he worked as Deputy General Director of Transengineering LLC, a part of the Summa Group. In 2017, he worked as First Vice-Rector for innovation in cooperation with industrial partners of the Moscow State University of Technology "STANKIN". From 2018 to February 2023, Mr. Betin worked in the administration of the Nizhny Novgorod region in central Russia and held the position of Deputy Governor of Nizhny Novgorod region. Since February 2023, Mr. Betin has held no governmental position. Mr. Betin graduated from the State Institute of Physical Culture and the Russian University of Economics named after G.V. Plekhanov (MBA program).

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