The curator of the automotive industry lasted three months in the Ministry of Industry and Trade

The curator of the automotive industry lasted three months in the Ministry of Industry and Trade

Igor Boytsov, director of the department of the automotive industry and railway engineering of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, is leaving his post. Three sources familiar with the activities of this department told Vedomosti about this. Boitsov was appointed to this post only three months ago, at the end of February 2023. He will complete his work in the ministry in about a week (that is, by the end of May), two interlocutors say. The name of a potential successor to this post is not known to them.

Vedomosti sent questions to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. On the website of the department, Boytsov is still listed as the director of the automotive industry department.

Boytsov is a graduate of St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University. He began his career in the automotive industry in 2000 at the Ford production site in Vsevolozhsk (closed in 2019), led the project to launch the production of the second generation Ford Focus in the Russian market. In 2006-2012 held various management positions at the plant Toyota in St. Petersburg. Since 2013, he was the director of the Renault plant in Moscow, supervised the launch of the production of the Kaptur crossover at this site. In 2017-2021 he headed the then Nissan plant in St. Petersburg, which has now been taken over by AvtoVAZ.

The position of director of the automotive industry department at the Ministry of Industry and Trade has been vacant since September 2022, when Denis Pak, who had headed it for five years, retired (Vedomosti wrote about this on September 22). In early 2023, he became president of the Kaliningrad Avtotor.

In December 2022, 44-year-old Maxim Gorin was supposed to replace Pak in the Ministry of Industry and Trade. For several years he served as head of the transport communications development department in the Moscow Department of Transport. Gorin took part in the development of electric transport and charging infrastructure in Moscow, including as part of the Moscow Electric Bus project. He also participated in the creation and development of the Moscow Transport Innovations Foundation.

But this appointment never took place. Gorin went through all the conciliation procedures in the government, but law enforcement agencies did not approve his candidacy, then one of Vedomosti's interlocutors explained. As a result, Gorin went to work at Avtodom as an adviser to the company's general director Andrei Olkhovsky.

When Boitsov was appointed to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the key task for Boitsov was essentially the creation of a new industry in place of the foreign automobile industry that had left the country. Boytsov will essentially have to rebuild import substitution in the industry, launch new models on a local component base and create opportunities for the production of auto components in the country, Sergey Udalov, executive director of Avtostat, told Vedomosti at the time.

Now the sources of Vedomosti do not report the reasons for the imminent departure of the official. Probably, Boytsov, who in recent years has held leading managerial positions at the enterprises of foreign auto concerns in Russia, simply found himself in the wrong place, one of the interlocutors argues.

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