Komarov Appointed Deputy Head of Roscosmos

Igor Komarov (Credit: Russia Forum)
Igor Komarov (Credit: Russia Forum)

Igor Komarov has been appointed the deputy head of the Federal Space Agency.  The appointed was made in a one-sentence announcement by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Komarov was most recently head of Russia’s largest automaker, AvtoVAZ. Russian media originally reported that he would be appointed as head of the Unified Rocket and Space Corporation, a new company intended to absorb and consolidate a number of Russian space companies.

Early scans of intermittently inquisitive Russian media outlets give no indication of whether the plan has changed, or if Komarov will simply serve as deputy head of Roscosmos until the rocket and space corporation is formerly established.

[UPDATE:  Russian media are now quoting Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin as saying Komarov will work on creating the Unified Rocket and Space Corporation as part of his Roscosmos post.]

Komarov will serve under new Roscosmos head Oleg Nikolayevich Ostapenko, who served as Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister until he replaced Vladimir Popovkin earlier this month.

The Russia Forum has the following biography of Komarov:

Igor Komarov has been President of AvtoVAZ since August 2009. He joined AvtoVAZ in May 2009 as Executive Vice President of Strategy, Finance, Economic and Corporate Governance.

He began his career as an Engineer at the Russian Academy of Sciences in the Institute of Economic Studies of Scientific and Technological Development. Mr Komarov then held several senior positions in the banking sphere from 1992 to 2002: he was First Vice President of Inkombank, First Vice President of the National Reserve Bank and Deputy Chairman of the BoD at Sberbank. From 2002 to 2008, he was Deputy General Director of Economics and Finance at Norilsk Nickel. In 2008, he took a position as Advisor to the General Director of Rostechnologies.

He graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in Economics.