Mr Babaev has served as Chief Executive Officer of most Group companies since 1998. He joined Cherkizovsky MPP (CMPP) in 1988 as chief engineer, becoming President and a member of the Board of Directors in 1993. Before joining Cherkizovsky MPP, he was an engineer and senior engineer at Essentuki Canning Plant. He was also head of Anapa Meat Processing Plant, head of Armavir Meat Canning Plant, head of the Production Division of Nalchik Meat Processing Plant, engineer-in-chief of Stavropol Meat Canning Plant, chief engineer-technologist of Simferopol Poultry Processing Plant and engineer-in-chief of NPO Complex of the Gosagroprom of the USSR. He graduated from Krasnodar Polytechnic Institute in 1971 and received a PhD from the Moscow Technological Institute of Meat and Milk Processing Industry in 1981. He holds an honorary distinction of the “Honoured Worker of the Food Industry of the Russian Federation” and has been an acting member of the Russian Engineering Academy since 1994. In 2009, Mr. Babaev was awarded the Order of Honour for his outstanding achievements by the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev.