New appointments in B1 Group
5 July 2022 | Press-release | Moscow
Marchello Gelashvili has been named Acting Managing Partner of B1 Group, succeeding Alexander Ivlev in that post. He was previously Deputy Managing Partner, EY Russia and CIS. The new appointment took effect when the firm separated from EY Global on 5 July 2022.

Marchello Gelashvili has over 25 years of professional experience. He joined Ernst & Young in 1993 and headed the firm’s CIS Financial Services from 2010 to 2018. As an assurance partner, he served a wide range of CIS clients in the banking and finance sector and on stock markets and assisted in managing clients’ assets in Russia and other countries. Marchello led audits and worked on a variety of projects in the areas of advisory services and corporate finance. For the last four years, Marchello has been Deputy Managing Partner, EY Russia and CIS.

Marchello Gelashvili remarks: “I am grateful to Alexander for the results that the Russian practice has achieved under his leadership in the last 14 years. We will be focusing on new and ambitious goals, and, thanks to our team and long experience, we will adhere to the same principles and high standards of quality. B1 Group will continue to lead the Russian market and provide top-quality services to our clients”.

Alexander Ivlev joined Ernst & Young in 1995 as Director for Marketing and Business Development and took over as Managing Partner of the Russian practice in 2009. Under his leadership, the firm took the lead in the Russian market and was repeatedly recognized as the most popular employer among students by Universum and Changellenge. For five years, the firm has topped the RAEX ranking (Expert RA) of leading assurance and consulting groups in Russia. Alexander will now focus his efforts on investment projects.

Alexander Ivlev comments: “B1 Group is one of the largest assurance and consulting firms in Russia. I would like to say thank you to our clients for their trust and close cooperation and to our team for their professionalism and dedicated work. I am certain that Marchello’s expertise and experience will help the firm continue on its successful trajectory. Today, more than ever before, business needs innovative solutions and fresh ideas.”

Also named to new positions are: Acting Deputy Managing Partner Natalia Starygina, Acting Assurance Leader Mikhail Khachaturian, Acting Consulting and SaT Leader Andrei Kouzmine, Tax and Law Leader Irina Bykhovskaya, Chief Operating Officer Alexey Afanasyev and Acting People Leader Valentina Fedoseeva.

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B1 Group offers a full range of professional services, covering assurance, strategy, technology, consulting, transactions, valuation, tax, law and business support. Our multi-disciplinary teams provide services of the highest quality in line with global best practices.

In over 30 years in Russia, we have assembled teams with broad expertise and a wealth of experience in delivering the most challenging projects. B1 today unites 4000+ professionals in nine Russian cities: Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg, Togliatti and Vladivostok.

The B1 Group helps clients find new solutions, works with them to expand, transform and successfully run their businesses as well as strengthen their financial stability and human capital.
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