Establishing a firm and watching it grow to success is one of the greatest achievements that an individual can have in life. This is because the process is not a walk in the park, especially if it involves an unfamiliar industry. However, Boris Ivanov defied all the odds and established GPB Global Resources B.V. at a time when Russia was faced with the unemployment crisis in 1990. This was after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which led to the laying down of most of the individuals who worked in the public services. Boris Ivanov had been working in Washington DC, where he was a diplomatic staff in the Soviet Embassy. After losing his job, he figured out the next move that he could make to ensure he earned a living.
“Africa’s #oilandgas sector is once again attracting investment from exploration companies and refiners, following a prolonged break sparked by a slump in oil prices.” great read via @ESIAfrica https://t.co/bqAcHCXum8
— Boris Ivanov (@BorisIvanovGPB) October 31, 2019
During his tenure in the US, Boris Ivanov had gained significant experience in international relations, He had also established robust global networks, especially between the USA and Russia. This helped him in deciding to establish a company that would deal with the production and exportation of oil and gas between the two countries. He named it GPB Global Resources B.V. While still running his company, Ivanov was employed by the Gazprom, an organization that also focused on oil and gas production and exploration. His primary role at Gazprom was to ensure that the Dutch company gained access to overseas markets. He performed this role with a lot of passion and diligence, ensuring that Gazprom and GPB Global Resources B.V. penetrated the oil-producing countries in South America and Africa. Some of the African countries where the two organizations have focused on are Namibia, Algeria, Zambia, and Nigeria.
Besides working in the two organizations where he is the current director, Boris Ivanov has also worked in several other companies and different positions. For instance, at a time when the Russian Aircraft Corporation was at the brink of collapsing due to financial difficulties, a committee of experts was constituted. Its mandate was to resuscitate the organization and bring it back to sound operations. Boris Ivanov was the Deputy Director-General of this strategic commission. Within two years, the corporation was back to its normal operations, in a healthy financial condition. This was one of Boris’ most significant achievements.
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