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Founded on many years’ experience of successful operations, VD Gulf possesses unique knowledge and expertise in the aviation industry and today the company employs over 450 people from more than 50 nationalities.

Our experienced maintenance team together with the Customer Support team are focused on providing qualified and cost effective maintenance services. 

Mikhail Khoroshaev
Director General - Accountable Manager Part 145
A dynamic leader and entrepreneur, Mikhail has a solid track record in business management and leadership with Volga-Dnepr Group both in UAE and Russia. He is the Executive President of Volga Dnepr Technic (VDT) and the EASA Part 145 Accountable Manager of VD Gulf, leading a team of more than 1,400 employees in three MRO business units located in Russia, UAE, and Germany. He holds a Diploma in Engineering/ Mathematics from Ulyanovsk State Technical University and has undergone several post holder trainings in various institutions. Mikhail started his career as Chief Engineer with the production team at Volga Dnepr Airlines and later moved to UAE and became the Commercial Director/ Managing Director of VD Gulf. His successful commercial aviation experience includes different senior roles at VD Gulf and Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) in UAE.
Kirubel Tegene Abebe
Deputy Director General, Business Management & Strategy
A seasoned aviation professional with many years of aviation experience, Kirubel focuses on business management, operations, and transformation to continuously make VD Gulf a leading MRO organization. Before joining VD Gulf in 2015, he was a member of the Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company (GAMCO) leadership team and later Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT). In both companies, he led the Commercial team for over 20 years. In addition to that, Kirubel brings solid experience in Engineering & Planning from his early years of service in Ethiopian Airlines and aircraft OEMs. He holds a BSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering and has undergone several rigorous aviation training & management courses.
Roshan Shekhal Sujore
Director Technical Services - Maintenance Manager Part 145
A graduate of City University/ Canfield University in Air Transport Engineering, Roshan possesses more than 20 years of aviation experience.
He worked with major airlines/MROs, including Air Mauritius, GAMCO, ADAT, and Etihad Airways Engineering. His aviation expertise covers both Boeing & Airbus family aircraft
Roshan is a talented technical planner and energetic leader in aircraft maintenance and engineering, he currently manages a team of more than 300 engineers, planners, and technicians.

Ian Small
Director Safety
Ian brings to the organization 29 years of aviation maintenance experience in safety and quality. Previous employers include GE Aviation, Defence Aviation Repair Agency-UK, GAMCO, ADAT, and Etihad Airways Engineering. A committed aviation safety professional, he is a qualified Six Sigma Black Belt, ISO Lead Auditor, and holds a master's degree in quality from the University of Glamorgan-UK.
Ayrat Gilmutdinov
Director Commercial
Ayrat brings vast commercial experience with solid exposure to the aviation industry. Having joined the company in 2010, he leads the organization's marketing, sales, customer support, and commercial management activities. Ayrat is a graduate from the Academy of Business TISBI with a Master's degree in International and Legal Affairs. He is also a member of the Executive MBA 2020 intake in HULT business school in Dubai.
Rafael Safyanov
Chief Financial Officer
Rafael joined VD Gulf in 2017 as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining VD Gulf, he served as A/CFO in S7 airlines and as Deputy Procurement Manager in Aeroflot Russian Airlines. Having worked in such reputable companies, Rafael brings a wealth of expertise to VD Gulf operations, leveraging his vast knowledge of financial and procurement processes.
Rafael graduated from the Siberian Academy of Public Administration in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Currently, he is undergoing an Executive MBA program at HULT business school in Dubai.
Raed Khaled Khalaf Al-Qutob
Director Quality Assurance – Quality Manager Part 145
Raed joined VD Gulf in 2020, bringing outstanding expertise and know-how in Quality Assurance, Engineering, and Technical Support functions from his previous employment with Royal Jordanian Airlines and Joramco MRO. Raed holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the Jordanian University of Science and Technology.
Sergey Stolnikov
Director Logistics & Procurement – Post Holder Logistics
Since joining VD Group in 2014, Sergey quickly moved from Technical Procurement specialist to an EASA nominated Post-Holder Logistics in VD Gulf. His comprehensive quality-to-customer-oriented approach served to build solid warehousing, customs, aviation, and general procurement processes/ functions. He is a dedicated professional with a focus on the company's financial effectiveness and team performance.
Sergey is a Saratov State University graduate in Mathematics, trained at Airbus and various operators, and currently studies at the University of Salford with planned graduation in 2021.
Andrey Girin
Director Legal
Andrey has more than 13 years of experience as in-house counsel in the aviation and aerospace sector, providing specialized advice on corporate and commercial aviation regulation and dispute resolution.
Before joining VD Gulf in 2013, Andrey was a senior legal adviser at VD Gulf sister company - Volga Dnepr Airlines, based in Ulyanovsk.
Andrey is a graduate in Civil Law from the Ulyanovsk State University and has completed various aviation industry training courses.
Dmytro Neschetnyi
Director IT
Being in the IT segment since 1989, Dmytro joined VD Gulf in 2010. He ensures the company processes are leveraged with highly efficient and latest IT technologies applicable in the aviation industry. His primary focus is to maintain top-level information security throughout the entire organization.  
Dmytro holds a Master's degree in Physics from Donetsk State University. In addition, he accomplished several comprehensive IT-related trainings to boost his knowledge.  

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