Former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl has been nominated to the board of directors of Rosneft, the Russian agencies TASS and Interfax reported.
“Rosneft’s board of directors may include one more prominent European politician: next to former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, former head of Austrian diplomacy Karin Kneissl was nominated for him,” Interfax reported on Wednesday. The candidacy of the head of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2017-2019 was listed in the Russian government’s regulation on the list of candidates for the group’s board of directors.
In 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted a Kneissl wedding in Austria. The head of diplomacy then told journalists that she “spontaneously” invited her colleagues from the government and Vladimir Putin, who was staying in the country at the time, and that the wedding was planned as a private event, Interfax recalled.
Kneissl is not the first woman to be nominated to the board of directors of the largest oil company in the Russian Federation. In 2015, the then head of the Federal Property Management Agency, Olga Dergunova, was on the list, but was ultimately not elected.
TASS said Karin Kneissl and Gerhard Schroeder had been nominated to the board of directors as independent directors. The current members of Rosneft’s board of directors were appointed to the list of candidates from the Russian Federation: Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Nowak, President Vladimir Putin’s advisor Maxim Oreshkin and Rosneft President Igor Sechin
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