Dmitry Kholkin has been appointed vice president of digital communication for the Russian steelmaker NLMK.

In his new role, Kholkin will be in charge of data analysis and modelling, the IT production management system, and process automation.

According to NLMK, his key goal will be to use advanced data analysis tools and other digital technologies to develop the company's production and support processes.

Kholkin was formerly chief information officer for Tele2, a Russian telecoms company. He has also worked for the X5 Retail Group (Russia's largest retail network) and for Wrigley-Mars, the global food production company. He has an accomplished track record in developing IT strategies.

Grigory Fedorishin, NLMK's group president and CEO, commented: "Digital technologies are one of the tools that enable NLMK Group to retain and consolidate its leadership in efficiency. Dimitry Kholkin, a top-level professional with many years of experience in IT at leading Russian and international companies, is joining the NLMK team to develop this tool. It's an interesting and challenging task focused not only on technologies, but even more so on developing the company's human capital."

NLMK claims to be the largest steelmaker in Russia and the most efficient.