Vladimir Verkhoshinskiy

Russia’s best CEO
according to the
Top 1,000 Russian Managers rating

Vladimir Verkhoshinskiy is the CEO of Alfa-Bank and a five-time winner of the Top 1,000 Russian Managers rating published by the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House, in the banking category. The Stanford graduate has worked in the banking sector since 2002, rising through the ranks from manager to becoming the CEO of Russia’s largest private bank. In 2020 and 2022, he was recognized as the best Russian CEO. In 2021, the banki.ru website named Verkhoshinsky Banker of the Year.

Vladimir Verkhoshinskiy is the CEO of Alfa-Bank and a four-time winner of the Top 1,000 Russian Managers rating published by the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House, in the banking category. The Stanford graduate has worked in the banking sector since 2002, rising through the ranks from manager to becoming the CEO of Russia’s largest private bank. In 2020 and 2022, he was recognized as the best Russian CEO. In 2021, the banki.ru website named Verkhoshinsky Banker of the Year.

He has been CEO of Alfa-Bank since 2018 and, since 2022, he has been member of the board of directors at CIAN.

“You shouldn’t be ashamed of being ambitious. The higher you aim, the better the result.”

Vladimir Verkhosinskiy

Russian Managers Association rating

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The independent Top 1,000 Russian Managers rating was established in 2001. Market participants and independent experts have selected the best business leaders, evaluating their management skills, media mentions, contribution to the development of various areas of domestic activity and other achievements on an annual basis for over 20 years. Vladimir Verkhoshinskiy was named the best top-level executive for five consecutive years.
Vladimir Verkhoshinskiy is the best CEO in Russia according to the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House. He led the rating of company heads in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023
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Banking
and business

  • Interview

    TASS

    “The concept of an ecosystem is in a certain sense outdated. I find the term ‘superapp’ to be more useful. It refers to an app that has all kinds of services: financial, non-financial, big and small. Alfa-Bank is in the process of building a financial superservice.”

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    Vedomosti

    “Assessing risks professionally is our job. Our methods and tools are some of the most advanced in the sector.”

  • Interview

    The International Banker

    “Digital technologies are the best way to achieve business efficiency. But by focusing on developing online services, banks and companies from other industries have created environments in which face-to-face human contact has become so much more valuable for clients.”

  • Interview

    TASS

    “The concept of an ecosystem is in a certain sense outdated. I find the term ‘superapp’ to be more useful. It refers to an app that has all kinds of services: financial, non-financial, big and small. Alfa-Bank is in the process of building a financial superservice.”

  • Interview

    Vedomosti

    “Assessing risks professionally is our job. Our methods and tools are some of the most advanced in the sector.”

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    The International Banker

    “Digital technologies are the best way to achieve business efficiency. But by focusing on developing online services, banks and companies from other industries have created environments in which face-to-face human contact has become so much more valuable for clients.”

    “Face-to-face human interaction is a luxury and something that people value, which is why we believe in our concept of phygital.”

    Vladimir Verkhoshinskiy

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    Video

    Interview

    Forbes Russia

    I don’t know what the professions of the future will be, but the skills of the future are about flexibility, interaction, working in conditions of uncertainty, and the combination of the physical and the lyrical.”

    Interview

    Nina Zvereva

    “I don’t say ‘you’ve done a bad job’ – I say ‘I’m disappointed’. You can’t argue with feelings. There’s also a positive side to this. It’s a simple concept, but it takes months to learn to utilize it in your daily life.”

    “Alfa-Bank is the only industry player that has been able to create a model for next-generation branches that actually works. We are rapidly rolling out our phygital network across the country.”

    Vladimir Verkhoshinskiy

    The rise of phygital

    • Interview

      Kommersant

      “The way we see it, the network of the future doesn’t mean robots or holograms of young men and women working at our branches. Your bank might well look similar to what you see now, but the new level of digitalization will allow us to serve customers orders of magnitude faster and move all our routine operations to online channels.”

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      RBC

      “Face-to-face human interaction is a luxury and something that people value, which is why we believe in our concept of phygital – combining a physical and digital experience – and are investing in our next-generation branches. Fully digital banks can’t give people the human connection they need. This is our competitive advantage.”

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      Business FM

      “Our perfect customer is somebody who does all their transactions online, but visits the branch once or twice a quarter for more complex products. When you make a transfer of 100 rubles from one card to another, this is a routine operation, but when you deposit your family’s savings of a million rubles, you’ll take it seriously and are unlikely to do it on the fly.”

    • Interview

      Kommersant

      “The way we see it, the network of the future doesn’t mean robots or holograms of young men and women working at our branches. Your bank might well look similar to what you see now, but the new level of digitalization will allow us to serve customers orders of magnitude faster and move all our routine operations to online channels.”

    • Interview

      RBC

      “Face-to-face human interaction is a luxury and something that people value, which is why we believe in our concept of phygital – combining a physical and digital experience – and are investing in our next-generation branches. Fully digital banks can’t give people the human connection they need. This is our competitive advantage.”

    • Interview

      Business FM

      “Our perfect customer is somebody who does all their transactions online, but visits the branch once or twice a quarter for more complex products. When you make a transfer of 100 rubles from one card to another, this is a routine operation, but when you deposit your family’s savings of a million rubles, you’ll take it seriously and are unlikely to do it on the fly.”

      “The most important qualities a modern manager needs are hard work, the desire to set bold and ambitious goals, and the ability to create noise and attract attention. People with these attributes and their companies achieve better results than those with more down-to-earth, pragmatic goals.”

      Vladimir Verkhoshinskiy

      What? Where? When?

      From 2013 to 2018, Vladimir Verkhoshinsky was the advocate for the viewers of the TV game show What? Where? When? as a representative of sponsor VTB Group. On 3 April 2022, after a break of almost three years, he resumed defending the interests of viewers and participants in the final game of each series.

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      Biography

      1981

      Vladimir Verkhoshinsky was born in Yakutsk on 28 August 1981.

      2002

      In 2002 he began his career at Citibank as an internal oversight specialist in the Operational Department for Private Client Relations.

      2003

      In 2003, he graduated from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, majoring in ‘Finance and Lending’ and earning an economist’s qualification.

      2003

      From 2003–2006, he worked at the Moscow office of the McKinsey & Company consulting company.

      2008

      In 2008, he received a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.

      2009

      In 2009 he joined VTB Bank, overseeing corporate development and strategy.

      2012

      In 2012 he joined the Bank of Moscow, where he was responsible for the development of retail and small business lending.

      2016

      In 2016–2017, he was head of retail business at VTB and joined the bank’s board.

      2018

      In 2018 he was made CEO of Alfa-Bank.

      2022

      In 2022, he joined the board of directors of CIAN.