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Maria Kuzkina

CEO, PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies
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Maria Kuzkina leads one of the leading international communications consultancies in the region and its network of 65 Client Managers serving multinationals and industry champions in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, and other CIS countries. She also manages and counsels some of the firm’s most complex and significant clients in the Moscow office as well as coordinating project teams across all disciplines, including corporate communications, government relations, crisis communications and marketing communications.

Her portfolio of clients includes Visa, UCP, Chrysler, Jet Set Sports, Nord Stream, Dolby, Motorola, the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to Moscow, the U.S. Department of Treasury, PepsiCo, Brand South Africa, Renaissance Capital, and Evraz, among others.

Maria has degrees in philology and psychology with honors from the People’s Friendship University of Russia. She is fluent in English and Russian.


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Pavel Steshin

Vice President for Public Affairs, PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies
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In PBN H+K Strategies’ Moscow-based Government & Public Affairs team, Pavel provides strategic counsel to clients across a number of sectors. He advises on Russian political decision-making, crisis management, regulatory developments and alignment of business strategy with government priorities. Heading up PBN H+K Strategies’ Public Affairs offerings, he helps clients to adapt their business and communications to bring them into line with those of other stakeholders and wider public policy priorities.

Pavel has more than 20 years of experience in government and public relations with Russian and international companies in a wide range of industries: digital technologies & pay TV (Tricolor), development (Samolet Group), pulp and paper industry (IlimGroup), dairy products (Danone Russia), beer and soft drinks (Baltika Breweries, part of the Carlsberg Group), energy and metallurgy (RAO UES of Russia and Rusal).

Prior to joining the PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies team, he was Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

Pavel graduated from Krasnoyarsk State University with a degree in Journalism. He is fluent in Russian and English.


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Natalia Koroleva

Vice President for Corporate and Crisis Communications, PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies
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Natalia oversees the Corporate and Crisis Communications practices as well as advises clients in CSR strategies. She has extensive experience developing and implementing comprehensive corporate communications strategies aligned with the objectives and demands of companies operating in dynamic market conditions. Natalia has well-established relationships with the media and specializes in reputation building, corporate positioning, events and digital communications. Her main clients are Visa, IKEA,  McDonald’s, SWIFT and GAC Motor.

Natalia has more than 18 years’ experience in the communications business both in agencies and leading PR departments in-house. She headed up corporate communications for construction company YIT in the Moscow region and at consulting firm Praedium and has also implemented strategic communications programs for international and local clients in the engineering, insurance and finance sectors. Before joining PBN H+K Natalia worked at boutique PR and event management agency D2 Marketing Solutions specialized in comms for premium and luxe brands.

Natalia graduated from Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO), where she majored in public relations.

She is fluent in Russian, English, German and Italian.


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Arina Khodyreva

Vice President, Integrated communications, PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies
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Arina helps clients re-shape, develop and implement their communication strategies with focus on bringing in creativity and new approaches. Previously she focused on providing strategic advice and guidance how to launch and implement digital campaigns. Her industry expertise includes tech, entertainment, retail and media business. Arina leads accounts for key integrated clients that require strategic advisory and constantly launch new creative campaigns  – Facebook, Spotify, Activision, IKEA.

Before re-joining PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies in her current role, Arina worked at Yandex, Russia’s largest tech company, where she managed communications and content creation for the company’s new business unit, Yandex.Verticals. Arina has strong experience in launching internet products. Arina also earlier worked at PBN H+K providing corporate communications support for entertainment, tech and retail brands such as Viacom, Nickelodeon, IKEA SCR and Castorama.

Arina graduated cum laude from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) with a major in PR and International Journalism. She has also completed a foreign exchange program at the School of Management, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Arina is fluent in Russian, English and German and has basic knowledge of Japanese.


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Simon Molyneux

Director of Content + Analysis, PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Moscow
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A 10-year veteran of the firm, Simon heads the Content + Analysis department at PBN H+K. He leads a team of in-house and freelance analysts carrying out media monitoring, research, measurement, insight gathering, analytics and future-casting for the company’s clients. The team uses tools such as Medialogia, Brandwatch, Popsters and Creator IQ to measure, shape and support communications efforts with hard data. Simon has a passion for measurement and analytics and is committed to making sure clients are getting the very best results from their campaigns. Current monitoring clients include IKEA, McDonald’s and Spotify.

Simon has extensive experience in the communications industry, producing high quality English-language content for clients across industries. He has helped Russian companies including Rosneft and MegaFon communicate internationally and also assisted foreign clients such as Airbnb, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Facebook in understanding the Russian market.

Prior to joining PBN H+K Strategies in 2010, Simon was responsible for corporate and marketing communications for three years at professional services firm Deloitte in Moscow.

Simon graduated from the University of Bristol (UK) with a BA in Russian and Spanish.

He is fluent in English and Russian.


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Olga Vorobieva

Chief Financial Officer, PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies
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Olga is the company’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for overseeing the financial activities of the firm’s offices in Moscow, Kyiv, Almaty and Washington D.C.

Prior to joining the firm, Olga served for nine years as chief financial and administrative officer at Ward Howell International, a leading placement agency with offices in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Olga graduated from Moscow State Linguistics University with a degree in English and French. She also has financial management and IFRS accounting certifications from the Moscow State Institute of Economics and Statistics, the Moscow Economics School and the Financial Academy.


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