TNK increases ties with United States
Tyumen Oil, or TNK, is increasing its ties with the United States as its top executives are acquiring positions on
the boards of directors of US corporations. TNK first vice president Iosif Bakaleinik was appointed as advisory
director to the Bank of Oklahoma.
Members of the bank's board appointed Bakaleinik "to help generate ideas useful for the bank's activities both in the United States and Russia. Bakaleinik has rich experience of practical work in Russia's emerging market economy and a deep understanding of the Western financial system," said TNK president Simon Kukes.
In 1992, Bakaleinik graduated from Harvard Business School. He previously served as a specialist for the International Financial and general director of the Vladimir Tractor Factory before being appointed first vice president of TNK in 1997, Kommersant reported. Bakaleinik's appointment follows the appointment of his boss, Kukes, who was named to the board of directors of another Oklahoma company, Parker Drilling, in July. Parker Drilling is a Tulsa-based provider of barge and offshore drilling services and oil tool rentals.
In April, Kukes was selected as an advisor to the Foreign Policy Association in New York. The reputation of its executives helped TNK launch a joint venture last month with US oil giant Texaco to open dozens of gas stations in Moscow and Kiev.
TNK is also the first Russian company since the 1998 financial crisis to be granted major loans guaranteed by the US government, through the US ExImbank. An agreement was signed in November for Chase Manhattan Bank to handle a $ 198 mm loan to TNK's Ryazan Oil Refinery, and another $ 250 mm will be opened for the Samotlor oil and gas deposit in 2001.
TNK, the fastest growing oil firm in Russia, was named the world's "Best Oil and Gas Company of 2000" last month by a Colorado-based specialist branch of the prestigious Financial Times Group, FT-Energy. At a New York ceremony, FT-Energy said TNK won for its "phenomenal growth in the past year, breaking into the world's top 15 oil firms and showing remarkable entrepreneurial spirit in extremely trying circumstances." TNK received wide applause both at home and abroad in September when it won what many analysts consider Russia's most transparent and fair tender for a major state enterprise, paying $ 1.08 bn for 85 % of Onako, the nation's No. 14 oil company.