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Kazatomprom announces Management changes and EGM notice

29 September 2023
Kazatomprom announces Management changes and EGM notice

JSC National Atomic Company “Kazatomprom” (“Kazatomprom” or “the Company”) announces that on 28 September 2023 the Company’s Board of Directors (“the Board”) has approved the following changes to the Company’s Management board.

Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”)

Mr. Yerzhan Mukanov will be departing from his roles as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Chair of the Management Board, and will resign from Kazatomprom’s Board of Directors, effective 02 October 2023. The Company’s Board has approved the appointment of Mr. Meirzhan Yussupov, previously the CEO of Kazakh Invest and Kazatomprom’s Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) from 2015 to 2020, as Kazatomprom’s new CEO.


“On behalf of Kazatomprom’s Board, I would like to thank Mr. Mukanov for his effective work and for leading Kazatomprom during times of rising geopolitical uncertainty,” said Arman Argingazin, Chair of Kazatomprom’s Board of Directors. “Under his leadership Kazatomprom continued to show operational excellence, and expansion of Transcaspian International route is one of the important achievements that were completed under Mr. Mukanov’s management. We appreciate Mr. Mukanov’s commitment to Kazatomprom’s value-focused strategy and wish him the absolute best in his next endeavors.

“Uranium market is showing unprecedented developments with prices hitting their absolute highs in twelve years. With his extensive experience in uranium industry, Mr. Yussupov is an excellent candidate for leading the Company through the new era of growth in the uranium market. We believe that his strong expertise and high effectiveness demonstrated while leading the Company’s IPO process, and his invaluable contribution to the success of building Kazatomprom’s public status and trust, will be a strong addition to the Company’s senior management team and valuable for the Company and its stakeholders. The Board believes that Mr. Yussupov’s strategic vision, extensive experience and reputation in the uranium industry, along with his commercially-minded approach, will be directed at strengthening the Company’s leadership position as the world’s largest uranium producer and a public company. To ensure maximization of value for all its stakeholders, we see new management to be focusing on improving its operational efficiency and productivity in a growing market, responding to evolving investment community interests and ensuring long-term value-creation for all the Company’s shareholders, customers, partners and employees.”


“It has been a great privilege for me to lead the Company during such interesting times in the industry," said Mr. Mukanov. “During seventeen years that I’ve been within the Kazatomprom group of companies, many important tasks and projects were completed, and I would like to express my gratitude to all employees of the uranium holding and the management team for their hard work, the Fund and the Board of Directors for their continual support.”


“I am honored to accept the appointment and it is a great privilege for me to return to Kazatomprom in a new role. I would like to thank the Company’s Board and majority shareholder for expressing confidence in my ability to effectively lead and manage Kazatomprom as CEO," said Mr. Yussupov. “Most of my career path was dedicated to the uranium industry, and I am confident in the uranium market fundamentals. I am excited to start this journey witnessing historical milestones in the industry happening during my term, and I am committed to ensure that Kazatomprom will continue to bring long-term value to its stakeholders while prioritizing health, safety and environmental protection, corporate governance, social responsibility, and transparency.”

Meirzhan Yussupov graduated from the Middle East Technical University with a degree in Economics and Management, London School of Economics with a Master of Science in Economic Development Management degree, Harvard University with a Master's degree in Public Administration. Mr. Yussupov held various positions prior to joining Kazatomprom in 2010 as the Director of Corporate Finance Department. In 2015-2020, he served as Kazatomprom’s CFO and has successfully completed Company’s cost optimization, transformation and digitization projects. Mr. Yussupov also played a key role throughout the Company’s IPO. His most recent position was the Chairman of the Management Board of Kazakh Invest National Company.

Management Board Composition Update

Kazatomprom's Board of Directors has also approved appointment of Mr. Sultan Temirbayev, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, as a member of the Management Board effective 28 September 2023. Kazatomprom's Management Board currently consists of:

  • Meirzhan Yussupov, Chief Executive Officer (effective 02 October 2023);
  • Kuanysh Omarbekov, Chief Operating Officer;
  • Dastan Kosherbayev, Chief Commercial Officer;
  • Sultan Temirbayev, Chief Financial Officer;
  • Yermek Kuantyrov, Chief Legal Support and Corporate Governance Officer;
  • Alibek Aldongarov, Chief HR and HSE Officer;
  • Mukhit Magazhanov, Chief Procurement and General Affairs Officer.

Full biographies of all members of the Management Board will be available on the Company's website www.kazatomprom.kz.

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders of Kazatomprom

National Atomic Company Kazatomprom Joint Stock Company (“the Company”,“Kazatomprom” or “NAC Kazatomprom JSC”), located at 17/12, Syganak street, Nura district, Astana, Z05T1X3, the Republic of Kazakhstan, hereby notifies its shareholders of an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders of NAC Kazatomprom JSC (“the Meeting") to be held in presentia in accordance with Articles 35, 48, 50-52 of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan, dated 13 May 2003 No. 415-II "On Joint Stock Companies" (hereinafter – the Law "On Joint Stock Companies").

The Meeting will take place on 1 November, 2023 at 10:30 am local time (GMT+6) at the following venue address: Republic of Kazakhstan, Z05T1X3, Astana, Nura district, st. Syganak, building 17/12, 3rd floor.

Registration of shareholders will take place on 1 November, 2023 from 09:00 to 10:20 local time (GMT+6) at the venue of the Meeting.

The register of shareholders entitled to participate in the Meeting will be formed on 2 October, 2023 at 00:00 local time (GMT+6).

In the absence of quorum, the repeated Meeting will be held on 2 November, 2023 at 10:30 local time (GMT+6) with the same agenda at the initially designated place of the Meeting. The start time for the registration of shareholders is 09:00 local time (GMT+6). The closing time for the registration of shareholders is 10:20 local time (GMT+6).

The notice of the upcoming Meeting will also be available on the Company’s website and in the media in accordance with the Law “On Joint Stock Companies” and the Company’s Charter.

Agenda of the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

  1. Election of the Chairman and the Secretary of the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders of NAC Kazatomprom JSC.
  2. Determining the form of voting for the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders of NAC Kazatomprom JSC.
  3. Approval of the agenda of the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders of NAC Kazatomprom JSC.
  4. Approval of concluding a major transaction(s), as a result of which NAC Kazatomprom JSC acquires or alienates (may acquire or alienate) property, the value of which is more than fifty percent of the total book value of assets of NAC Kazatomprom JSC at the date of the decision on the transaction (s), as a result of which, more than fifty percent of the total book value of its assets is acquired or alienated (may be acquired or alienated), including the Long-term contracts for the purchase and sale of natural uranium concentrates with the State Nuclear Uranium Resource Development Company Limited.
  5. Decision on the composition of Kazatomprom’s Board of Directors.

Approval of a major transaction

NAC Kazatomprom JSC and State Nuclear Uranium Resource Development Company Limited (SNURDC) agreed on the sale of natural uranium concentrates in the form of U3O8 on market terms by Kazatomprom to SNURDC. The issue is submitted for consideration by the Meeting, since the transaction value, cumulative with the previously concluded transactions with SNURDC, comprises fifty percent or more of the total book value of the Company's assets (calculated on the basis of separate financial statements of the Company), as established by the requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

The Meeting on this agenda item is convened by the Board of Directors of the Company (“the Board”), as per Minutes of the Board meeting No. 10/23 dated 28 September 2023.

Composition of Kazatomprom’s Board of Directors

In connection with the termination of powers of Yerzhan Mukanov as Chairman of the Management Board of NAC Kazatomprom JSC and the appointment of Meirzhan Yussupov as Chairman of the Management Board of NAC Kazatomprom JSC by the decision of the Board dated September 28, 2023 (minutes No. 11/ 23), the issue of early termination of powers of Mukanov E.Zh. is brought up for consideration by the Meeting. As a member of the Board of Directors of NAC Kazatomprom JSC from October 2, 2023 and on the election of Yussupov M.B. a new member of the Board of Directors of NAC Kazatomprom JSC for the period until the expiration of the term of office of the Board of Directors of NAC Kazatomprom JSC as a whole.

Mr. Yernar Zhanadil, a Board member representing the interests of majority shareholder Samruk-Kazyna JSC (“Samruk-Kazyna”, “the Fund”), was appointed as the General Director of Qazaq Green Power PLC in early August this year. Therefore, Samruk-Kazyna proposed to substitute Mr. Zhanadil in his capacity as the Board member. Mr. Aidar Ryskulov is to be nominated as Mr. Zhanadil’s replacement, the new Board member representing Fund’s interests until the expiration of the current term of office of the Board (20 June 2026). Mr. Ryskulov currently holds the position of Fund’s Managing Director for Economics and Finance and is a member of the Management Board of Samruk-Kazyna.

In addition, the Board resolved to include Mr. Ryskulov into the Strategic Planning and Investment Committee of the Board (”the Committee”), due to the upcoming exclusion of Mr. Zhanadil from the Committee and from the Board respectively, given that the Meeting approves Mr. Ryskulov as a Board member.

The Meeting on this agenda item is convened by the majority shareholder Samruk-Kazyna, as per decisions of the Management Board of Samruk-Kazyna JSC No. 42/23 dated 31 August 2023 and No. 46/23 dated 28 September 2023, which owns 194,517,456 ordinary shares of the Company.

In accordance with subparagraph 1) paragraph 4 of Article 43 of the Law “On Joint Stock Companies”, it is allowed to make additions to the agenda of the Meeting, proposed by shareholders who own, independently or jointly with other shareholders, five or more percent of the voting shares of the Company, or proposed by the Board, provided that the Company’s shareholders are notified of such additions no later than 15 days before the date of the Meeting.

In accordance with paragraph 4 of Article 44 of the Law “On Joint Stock Companies”, materials on the agenda of the Meeting will be ready and available to the Company’s shareholders at the request of the shareholder no later than 10 (ten) calendar days before the date of the Meeting at the actual location of the Company.

At the request of the Company’s shareholder, materials on the agenda of the Meeting will be sent to this shareholder within 3 (three) working days from the date of receipt of the request, while the costs for making copies of documents and its delivery are borne by the shareholder. Shareholders' requests are accepted at the actual address of the Company in accordance with the procedure established by the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Procedure for holding the Meeting

Shareholders or their representatives (collectively, "shareholders") participating in the Meeting will have to register before the Meeting begins. Shareholders will need to provide an identity document. Representatives of shareholders must be provided with a power of attorney confirming their authority to participate and vote at the Meeting, or a document confirming the right to act on behalf of the shareholder or represent its interests without a power of attorney.

Holders of Global Depositary Receipts can exercise their right to vote at the Meeting using the services of the Depository Bank (Citibank N.A.).  Holders of Global Depositary Receipts have the right to vote at the Meetings on behalf of the beneficiary owners with respect to the deposited shares, given that the identification and other information required by applicable Kazakhstani legislation, in relation to the beneficial owners in the Central Securities Depository JSC is provided through the Depository Bank (Citibank N.A.).

Shareholder who has not been registered shall not be counted in determining the quorum and shall not have the right to vote.

The meeting opens at the stated time, if there is a quorum.

The Meeting will elect the Chair and the Secretary of the Meeting and will identify the form of voting – open or secret (by ballots).

In accordance with clause 1 of Article 50 of the Law "On Joint Stock Companies", voting on the agenda of the Meeting is conducted based on the principle of "one share - one vote", with the exception of cumulative voting when electing members of the Board where each person entitled to vote at the Meeting is granted one vote on procedural issues of the Meeting.

The Chair may not interfere with the speeches of the persons that have the right to participate in the discussion of an agenda item, except for cases when such speeches lead to a violation of the rules of the Meeting or when the debate on this issue is resolved.

The Meeting may be declared closed only after consideration of all the items on the agenda and making decisions on them.

In accordance with clause 1 of Article 52 of the Law "On Joint Stock Companies", the minutes of the Meeting are drawn up and signed within three working days after the closing of the Meeting.

For more information, you can contact:

Kazatomprom Extraordinary General Meeting Inquiries

Assem Mukhamedyarova, Corporate Secretary

Tel.: +7 7172 45 81 63

Email: amukhamedyarova@kazatomprom.kz

Kazatomprom Investor Relations Inquiries

Botagoz Muldagaliyeva, Director, Investor Relations

Tel.: +7 7172 45 81 80 / 69

Email: ir@kazatomprom.kz

Kazatomprom Public Relations and Media Inquiries

Sabina Kumurbekova, Director, Public Relations

Gazhaiyp Kumisbek, Chief Expert, Public Relations

Tel.: +7 (7172) 45 80 63

Email: pr@kazatomprom.kz

A copy of this announcement is available at www.kazatomprom.kz.

About Kazatomprom

Kazatomprom is the world's largest producer of uranium, with the Company’s attributable production representing approximately 22% of global primary uranium production in 2022. The Group benefits from the largest reserve base in the industry and operates, through its subsidiaries, JVs and Associates, 26 deposits grouped into 14 mining assets. All of the Company’s mining operations are located in Kazakhstan and extract uranium using ISR technology with a focus on maintaining industry-leading health, safety and environment standards.

Kazatomprom securities are listed on the London Stock Exchange, Astana International Exchange, and Kazakhstan Stock Exchange. As the national atomic company in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Group's primary customers are operators of nuclear generation capacity, and the principal export markets for the Group's products are China, South and Eastern Asia, Europe and North America. The Group sells uranium and uranium products under long-term contracts, short-term contracts, as well as in the spot market, directly from its headquarters in Astana, Kazakhstan, and through its Switzerland-based trading subsidiary, Trade House KazakAtom AG (THK).

For more information, please see the Company website at www.kazatomprom.kz

Forward-looking statements

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