Executive Chairman and CEO
After obtaining a BA with Honours in Economics, John entered the Soviet arena by joining the East European Division of Xerox in 1986. He moved to Moscow in 1990 having joined the commodity trading house Philip Brothers, a Division of Salomon Inc (Phibro), as a Regional Co-ordinator. By 1995 John was Managing Director & Head of Representation of Phibro-Salomon’s CIS Operations. In 1997 John founded Milio International Limited.
Through his close relations in the Caspian, John has had the opportunity to become a key player in infrastructure developments in the region. John provided the financial instruments allowing the construction of Baku and Poti oil terminals thereby becoming a dominant player in the creation of the Caspian oil export routes. In 2002 John privatised the Azerboru steel plant in Azerbaijan, followed by Dashkesan Iron Ore mine in 2003, which he subsequently partnered with Mr Mittal’s Global Steel group to develop.
John is a member of the Young President’s Organisation (YPO) and active in several charities, including initial funding of the Challenge Network which was actively supported and launched by David Cameron as the ‘National Citizens’ Service.’ John is a UK national, fluent in French and Russian.
CEO UK Operations
James Turnbull was educated at Solihull School and at St. John’s College Cambridge, where he was awarded a choral scholarship and read law. After qualifying as a solicitor with Linklaters in 1992 he moved to Moscow in 1995, where he advised on corporate finance and international securities issues.
Over the last 16 years James has been focused on Russia and the CIS and has held senior banking positions at Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch and Troika Dialog Kazakhstan, where he was CEO.
As a qualified lawyer and finance professional, James focuses on the Company’s banking, contractual and business development matters. James is a UK national and is fluent in Russian.