Meet the new board member of Everton FC: Sasha Ryazantsev

Everton have announced Alexander Ryazantsev has been added to the club’s board of directors.

A club statement read: ‘Ryazantsev, who has worked with major shareholder Farhad Moshiri in a number of previous roles, has a background in corporate finance and has held management positions at the Royal Bank of Scotland and ABN AMRO Bank.’

While the local press described Everton’s new board member as Farhad Moshiri’s ‘finance man,’ as with the new 49.9% stakeholder in the club concrete information on 42 year old Alexander Ryazantsev, better known as Sasha, is thin on the ground. Until now.

Educated at Russian Plekhanov University of Economics and the London Business School, Ryazantsev describes himself as “a freelance professional adviser focusing on due diligence, capital structure and balance sheet review of companies in technology, mineral resources and football.”

Before going solo, father of two boys Ryazantsev led teams at RBS in debt capital, corporate finance and financial markets, and somewhat interestingly “held various positions at a Russian metals and mining and financial conglomerate in both Moscow and London, focusing on raising international finance and managing a diversified investment portfolio across asset classes.”

While new major investor Farhad Moshiri won’t initially take a place on the Goodison Park board it seems his protege Sasha Ryazantsev will be the new money man’s eyes and ears around the Everton boardroom.


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