Farit Khusnoyarov, CEO of Rostelecom’s IT subsidiary RT Labs, moved to VK in April, Vedomosti newspaper reports, citing sources. At the company, he headed the VK messaging development division.
The VK edition confirmed the information about the appointment of Khusnoyarov as deputy chairman of the company.
Khusnoyarov has led RT Labs since 2021 and previously worked there as the first deputy general manager. From February 2019 to January 2020, the current Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Media of Russia, Maksut Shadayev, was the CEO of RT Labs.
Khusnoyarov is one of the authors of the Active Citizen project. In 2015 he received the Runet Prize for the Dobrodel project.
What projects Khusnoyarov conducts in VK, Vedomosti’s interlocutors did not specify. One of the sources believes that the top manager will also oversee the restart of the ICQ messenger, but other interlocutors do not confirm this.
At VK, Khusnoyarov reports directly to CEO Vladimir Kiriyenko, who, prior to his appointment to his VK role, was Rostelecom’s first vice president.
VK plans to revive ICQ and restart the corporate messenger VK Teams became known in mid-March. The ICQ messenger was popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. At the same time, a VK representative said that the company was not going to reboot it on the basis of the VK messenger.
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