Mechel OAO has created a new position, Vice-President for Commercial Activities, and appointed Mikhail Urvantsev for the role. Urvantsev began his career at Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant in 2001 as commercial director and quickly moved on to become deputy general director of Mechel Trading House OOO in 2002. By 2004, he was appointed director of Mechel Steel Group’s supply department and was then promoted as Mechel Trading House’s general director that same year. In 2006, he was appointed general director of Ukrainian Machine-Building Plants Trading House OOO, and from there he progressed and became the general director of UMZ OOO, official representatives of Ukraine’s Energomashspetsstal OAO, from 2009-2011. A graduate from Moscow Commercial University, Urvantsev holds a degree with a specialty in economics and management in trade and catering.