On 2 March 2017, Vnesheconombank's Supervisory Board held a meeting to review the Bank's performance in 2016 and the budget for 2017. During 2016, the Bank's major focus was on crisis management. The Bank directed its efforts towards preventing default of the Group and create a development strategy. The Supervisory Board concluded that the Bank achieved the goals set for 2016. By the year-end, the Bank managed to produce a substantial liquidity surplus of as much as RUB 200 bn. Investors' confidence has recovered. The Bank made a debut issue of foreign currency bonds for USD 600 mn with settlements in Russian rubles. Agreements with Chinese banks were entered into for an amount equivalent to USD 2.5 bn. Return on pension savings as at year-end doubled inflation. In 2017, the Bank is to move from crisis management to restructuring and transformation.
During the meeting, a new organisational and functional structure has been presented to the Supervisory Board which is required for the implementation of Vnesheconombank's Development Strategy until 2021 approved in December 2016. The main changes will affect the investment unit which is to reflect the priority investment arias determined by the new strategy: high value-added manufacturing, infrastructure, export aid, use of defense facilities for civilian production, support for innovation and STI projects.
The Bank also plans to develop new competencies, including integrated industry-specific business solutions such as sectorial analysis, and will focus on proactive search and selection of priority promising projects in regions.
The Supervisory Board discussed Vnesheconombank's proposals for improving the system of corporate key performance indicators which provides for target KPIs for all managers.
The Board also considered creating a strategy committee responsible for the conformity of the Bank's portfolio with the established priorities. The committee will be headed by Presidential Aide Andrey Belousov. It will be formed of both members of Vnesheconombank's Supervisory Board and heads of federal executive bodies.
Another issue discussed during the meeting was the establishment of Vnesheconombank's institute for research and expertise. The aim is to improve the effectiveness of expert and analytical support of the VEB Group and expert research for the Government of the Russian Federation.
During the meeting, the Supervisory Board also made a number of executive changes.
Dmitry Kurdyukov was appointed as Vnesheconombank's First Deputy Chairman – Board Member. Before that he was Chairman of North-Western Bank, Sberbank. Dmitry will lead the reorganised business unit including the investment unit and the industry-specific business solutions unit.
Deputy Chairman Alexey Ivanchenko joined Vnesheconombank's Management Board. He will be responsible for relations with state and regional authorities, corporate governance, public relations and mass media. He will supervise the Bank's new model of working with regions.
Petr Zolotarev and Artem Dovlatov were appointed as Vnesheconombank's Deputy Chairmen. Petr will coordinate the industry-specific solutions unit. Artem will be working on the management of Vnesheconombank's subsidiary and related companies.
Yulia Karpova was released from her duties as a member of the Management Board and has left the Bank from 1 March 2017.