CEO Kristall Production Corporation & President of Russian Diamond Manufacturing association |
Maxim Shkadov began working in the diamond industry at the Kristalldiam diamond polishing company, first as an apprentice cutter, then as a cutter, a diamond grader, and finally as a processing engineer. In 1994, he was appointed director of the Smolensk-Taché, a joint-venture diamond cutting and polishing company. From 1999 to 2004, he served as the director for foreign economic relations of Smolensk Kristall, the major Russian polished diamonds manufacturer, supervising the company’s sales and marketing. In December 2004, he was appointed director general and CEO of Kristall Production Corporation. He serves as the president of the Smolensk Diamonds Association. In 2005, he was elected Chairman of the Russian Diamond Manufacturers Association. Maxim Shkadov has a PhD (Economy) in the physics and technology of diamond processing from Moscow Technical University. He was elected president of IDMA in 2012 and was re-elected for a second term in 2014.