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Naftogaz strengthens management team to achieve major breakthrough in stakeholder relations
Nafrogaz Group, Kyiv, Ukraine
Thu, May 27, 2021
Naftogaz Group strengthens its management team with the addition of Myron Wasylyk and Roman Suprun, two government relations and public affairs experts who will be working on Nord Stream 2 stakeholder relations within Ukraine and beyond its borders. Further additions to the team are expected in the coming days.
As a strategic communications advisor to the Naftogaz CEO, Myron Wasylyk will be responsible for the company’s wider cooperation with bilateral partners and international organizations.
Myron obtained his bachelor’s degree in international marketing from Kent State University in 1984 and studied international public policy at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAID) in Washington, D.C., and corporate governance practices within the INSEAD corporate governance program in Ukraine. He has more than thirty-years of professional business and public affairs experience, beginning with work for the Republican National Committee (RNC), the US Department of State, and the US Department of the Interior. Later, he worked for well-known global public relations companies such as Burson-Marsteller and Gavin Anderson & Company. With his partners, in 1988 he opened the Kyiv Office of the US-based The PBN Company where he worked for more than twenty years. PBN was acquired by the global marketing company WPP and Myron became CEO of PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies in 2014 and worked there through 2019.
Roman Suprun will lead cooperation with Ukraine’s Parliament, government agencies, and other stakeholders of Naftogaz Group. Roman joined the Naftogaz team in October 2019 and was actively involved in promoting important legislative initiatives including support for TSO unbundling in Parliament and other strategic projects.
Mr Suprun is an advocacy and GR professional. He obtained his international business degree from the Institute of International Relations, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. Roman has many years of experience with leading consulting companies and projects specializing in GR and lobbying. Roman’s profile includes successful advocacy cases within the private sector, civil society, and the government as a ministerial advisor on parliamentary relations.
The work of Myron Wasylyk, Roman Suprun, and other employees of Naftogaz Group yet to be named is expected to ensure effective opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, following a slowdown observed beginning in March 2021. As reported earlier, Aliona Osmolovska, Olena Zerkal, and Vadym Glamazdin, who earlier led the work against Nord Stream 2, have decided to leave Naftogaz Group.
Ms. Osmolovska led the communications team at Naftogaz of Ukraine NJSC for more than five years. Since April 2020, she was Naftogaz Group Director for GR and Stakeholder Relations. Mr. Glamazdin was an advisor to the previous CEO since December 2016 and represented him in the United States. Ms. Zerkal was an advisor to the previous CEO since January 2020 and represented him in stakeholder relations.
The management of Naftogaz of Ukraine NJSC is grateful for their contributions.
“I worked with Aliona Osmolovska, Lana Zerkal, and Vadym Glamazdin before and I would like to thank them for their fruitful cooperation. I sincerely wish them well in fulfilling their potential for the benefit of Ukraine,” commented Naftogaz CEO Yuriy Vitrenko.
Integrated Communications Department
NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine