Moderator: Vyacheslav Nesterov


  • G.Labzovsky
  • V.Polutin
  • M.Khassine
  • К.Frolovicheva
  • Yevgeny Filippov
  • Michael Gromov

Discussion of operations of Russian software development centers which belong to multinational companies, their role in development of software industry

Topics for discussion

  1. History of SW centers in Russia, their achievements
  2. Problems which impede operations and further development
  3. Position of Russia among other countries which typically host similar centers
  4. How the centers influence on Russian IT industry, their role in economy modernization
  5. Cooperation of the centers with Russian research institutes and universities


Vyacheslav Nesterov is a General Manager of Development Center of EMC Corporation in St. Petersburg. The Center works on Software development for the products designed and produces by EMC corporation. The main area of development is high performance systems for information storage and management. Vyacheslav joined St.Petersburg EMC center in 2008, before that he worked for Motorola software development center in St.Petersburg for about 10 years. He led development of software solutions for digital TV equipment and other products of Motorola company.

Vyacheslav Nesterov is an expert in Software development process, different methodologies and techniques in SW development.

Before coming to software industry Vyacheslav did research in Computer science and Computational mathematics, worked for institutes of Academy of Sciences, taught in universities. He has D.Sc. degree in mathematics, he is an author of more than 50 papers. Vyacheslav was graduated from St.Petersburg State University, faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics.

Grigory Labzovsky, Director of the Saint Petersburg Center of High Technology, Oracle.
Grigory heads the center for software development that currently employs more than 350 software engineers working on different software projects. Main development directions in the include: the Java platform technologies, Oracle C & C++ compilers, virtualization and SOA-technologies. It is under Grigory’s leadership that the Center of High Technology has successfully opened The Center of software technology competence; the largest software developer conference Sun Tech Days has been held for several times (with more than 3000 participants). Grigory has initiated an extensive cooperation with Russian academic community, including the St. Petersburg State University – the project that allows the University to be actively involved in the international Large Hadron Collider project.
In 2005-2007, Grigory managed several development projects, was responsible for the software development center operations and drove a set of strategic programs in the region.
Prior to his work at Sun Microsystems, Grigory was an engineering manager in the Russian company Elbrus (2002-2004). Before that he held a position of a research fellow at the Mathematical Institute for Scientific research. Grigory graduated from the Department of Physics of the St. Petersburg State University.


Vladimir Polutin joined HP Labs as a lab director in November 2007. He is piloting a new project for Russia in setting up a truly academic and at the same time industrial research lab. Vladimir is driving the research agenda, building the team of researchers, operational research responsibilities,
Before joining HP Vladimir Polutin has been the director of the Motorola St. Petersburg Software Center since June 1999. In this function, he oversaw all software development activities undertaken in St. Petersburg and has been instrumental in raising the organization to SEI CMM Level 5 and later in 2004 establishing the center as CMMI Level 5 organization. Under Polutin’s leadership, the St. Petersburg center has grown from 65 people to over 750.
In October 1994, he joined Motorola in Moscow as a business and market development manager for the Semiconductor Products Sector. Polutin built a distribution network which enabled the first Motorola chips sales in Russia. He also established strong university relationships between Motorola and leading Russian universities.
Prior to Motorola, Polutin joined Vympelcom in 1994, a leading Moscow cellular operator, as a purchasing and marketing manager. Prior to that, Polutin was a lecturer and Doctor in the Moscow Institute of Radiotechnology, Electronics and Automation, and he undertook research work in the areas of semiconductor device simulation, wafer-processing simulation and statistical control. Polutin has published more than fourty articles.
He also serves on the executive board of the American Chamber of Commerce/St. Petersburg’s chapter and as an IT Committee Chairman.
Polutin holds a Ph.D. in microelectronics and semiconductors technology from the Moscow Institute of Radiotechnology, Electronics and Automation and a master’s degree in radiotechnology and microelectronics from the Moscow Aviation Technology Institute. He also had an MBA training from MCE Brussels Business School and has completed an Executive Program at University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.


Mikhail Khassine joined Deutsche Bank in 2001 when DB started development center in Moscow. During his 9 years within DB Mikhail has occupied different roles in Front Office development covering Order Management, STP, Execution Services and Electronic Trading. In 2007 he headed Moscow GME IT development team.
Prior to joining DB, Mikhail spent 5 years of his career at Russian software company “Diasoft+Programbank” as deputy chief of development where he was involved into development banking software for operations and back office.
He has a extensive experience in banking software development and outsourcing as well as comprehensive experience in architecting and building fault tolerant, real time, high performance trading platforms for derivatives and equity business.
Mikhail holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Katerina Frolovicheva has been working in IBM since 2004. Her first role was University relations and Academic initiative manager. Katerina was in charge of academic, university and research programs facilitating IBM’s operations and business development in the emerging markets of EMEA for 2 years. In this capacity, she also covered the CIS countries. In year 2006 she took the position Business Operations manager at the newly setup IBM Russia Systems and Technology Lab. At this position she coordinates and manages financial, operational, export and talent management issues for Research and Development unit of IBM.
Currently, Katerina is in charge of the lab development and research mission expansion and looks for new projects inside and outside the company.
Before joining IBM in 2004 she worked for TNK-BP and Schlumberger in Moscow, Russia, covering marketing and budget issues first in service department and then in upstream.
She holds MA degree in state governance and political science from University of Manchester and currently enrolled into part-time MBA program with Warwick Business School.

Yevgeny Filippov, Ph.D., Director Global Engineering Metran, Emerson Process Management. He is expert in development of software and intellectual systems with more than thirty years of experience in this area. Yevgeny has great experience in management of key International and Russian software companies. Being at Motorola he managed Java SW Center of Excellence. At Luxoft company he worked as Director of Embedded Systems Business Line. Since beginning of 2009 Yevgeny works at Emerson Process Management where he leads development of intellectual pressure, flow, and temperature transmitters. In 1988-97 Yevgeny provided his lectures at Computer Science Department Associate Professor. He actively cooperates with Russian Universities, supports a set of R&D projects there.

Michael Gromov has been in Russian IT industry since 1994. He is currently Head of Point of Production Russia in T-Systems – one of the world’s largest ICT providers, member of Deutsche Telekom.

Before joining T-Systems Michael led a branch office of Luxoft in St.Petersburg and prior to that was in charge of Ru-Soft – a software development company, member of UK-based Sapphire Group. At the beginning of his career path Michael went through a range of managerial positions with Astrosoft, after which headed a large software re-engineering division at Lanit-Tercom.

Mr. Gromov is a graduate of St.-Petersburg State Technical University and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science.