Jogging & swimming for this Volga-Dnepr Group Marketing Director

Published: Monday, March 14, 2022

Fedor Novikov graduated from university majoring in analytics, at the same time, paying particular attention to languages. Fresh out of university, he began his career as a logistics specialist of Borets Company, LLC in 2010 responsible for supply-chain development and precise attention to import-export flows to/from Russia and international logistics.

He joined the international team of AirBridgeCargo Airlines (part of Volga-Dnepr Group) as analyst in Route Network and Fleet Development Department in 2012 and built a career up to the position of Marketing Director, Volga-Dnepr Group.

“I think that a major part of my career path is driven by my innovative, forward-thinking, and result-oriented approach towards work, coupled with leadership skills (which I work on to upscale), personal commitment, and business-related knowledge. At the same time, I still pay particular attention to lifetime learning – I am a Master of Science (PhD in 2018) in Organizational management (transport) at Moscow State Technical University of Civil Aviation, have broadened and deepened my knowledge with IATA CEIV Certificate (2016), IATA Cargo IQ Certificate (2015), IATA Quality, Audit and Risk management, Temperature-Controlled Cargo Operations diplomas, and Various Executive Management Development Courses, both in-house and external,” he tells Air Cargo Update.

Fedor’s hobbies include jogging as it helps him relax. He is also a big fan of swimming.

“I love jogging as this is the perfect time for me to relax, think over everything what is on my mind, structure it and head for a new day. I am also a huge fan of swimming and have been preparing for triathlon competition, however, the pandemic has slightly changed my plans. Hopefully with the ease of situation I will be able to move one step closer towards my goal.”

Fedor believes that being agile, resilient and taking an extra mile is the solution to battling COVID-19 in the air cargo industry,

“I think the company, as well as all the workers, have become more agile and resilient. It seems like there is a solution to every problem, sometimes you just have to go an extra mile, but everything is possible. Also, the pandemic has shifted our mindset and served as a trigger to go beyond our regular air freight services embracing the whole spectrum of logistics solutions and the whole supply chain journey.  This is not only about the company but also about the people who are behind the scenes and ramp up this ‘forward motion’”.

Fedor is a fan of Elon Musk, CEO and Founder of Tesla Company. He believes Musk to be one of the forward-thinkers who goes beyond his time. According to Fedor, Musk’s revolutionary ideas are transforming our world and might influence the way people we live in future.

“One of my favorite quotes is – ‘We need to figure out how to have the things we love, and not destroy the world’ as it echoes not only my beliefs but also Volga-Dnepr’s DNA and values – my second home and family. We have spent a lot of time thinking how we could adapt our strategy, map out ESG focus to guarantee life-saving logistics solutions for our customers worldwide.

“2021 has been challenging both from professional and personal perspective. But this has also been the year of massive opportunities and rapid growth. We think that 2022 will not be easier, however logistics has never been an easy industry to work in. There is something new every day and this is what still fascinates me – lifetime learning and ability to develop,” Fedor concludes.