Born in 1959. A graduate of Ust-Kamenogorsk Civil and Highway Engineering Institute with a degree in Economics and of Ustinov Baltic State Technical ‘VoenMech’ University with a degree in Business Administration. Mrs.Plakhotnikova joined Ust-Kamenogorsk Lead-Zinc Complex as lab assistant in 1976. In 1982 she was appointed Design Engineer, and then Planning Engineer. She later took the positions of the Head of the Analysis and Forecasting Department and Internal Audit and System Development Department and was appointed Vice-President, Corporate Development. Mrs.Plakhotnikova holds the title of Executive Director, Corporate Development since 2014.