Nurlan Smagulov

President of Astana Group

Management

Nurlan Smagulov is the founder of Astana Group launched back in 1992 when KMC Astana Motors was established.

Nurlan Erkebulanovich is a famous Kazakh entrepreneur, the President of the Kazakhstan Cycling Federation, the honorary consul of New Zealand in Kazakhstan, a patron, the Chairman of the Board of Regents of Boarding Remedial School No.2, and the member of the Supervisory Board of Mothers Home.

He was born on 2 July 1965 in the city of Alma-Ata. In 1990 he graduated from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University with a degree in Chemistry and Biology. He served in the army in 1984-1986.

In 1992 he founded Kazakh Motor Company Astana Motors.  The main activities of the motor company are selling and manufacturing of vehicles and provision of services.

In 1996-2002 he worked at ZAO Prodkorporatsia.
In 1996-2000 he held the position of a Councilor of the RK Prime Minister.
In 2003-2007 he was a member of the Board of Directors of ATF Bank JSC.

Awards and Honors:

  • Kurmet order, 2007.
  • Honorary Certificate of the RK President, 2007.
  • 10th Anniversary of Astana, 2008.
  • Winner of the national stage of Entrepreneur of the year award held by Ernst&Young, international audit company, 2009.
  • Entrepreneur of the year according to Expert Kazakhstan magazine, 2010.

Since 2011 Nurlan Smagulov belongs to top ten of the most influential businessmen in Kazakhstan (No.6 in the rating of the most influential businessmen of the year according to Forbes Kazakhstan, 2019).

In May 2012, following the results of the national vote, he became the winner in the Business nomination of Motherland 2019s Name contest dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the RK independence.

Starting from 2014 he is the leading rentier in Kazakhstan (No.1 in the Forbes rating).

In 2015 he became the Businessmen of the Year according to Forbes Kazakhstan. 

Beknur Nesipbayev

Executive Director, Astana Motors KMC

Beknur Muratovich has worked for ten years in Astana Motors KMC before his appointment as Executive Director of the company. He started his career in the capacity of Sales Manager (spare parts). Then he was appointed to the following positions: Head of the Spare Parts Department, Technical Director, Director of Hyundai Auto Astana, and Managing Technical Director of Astana Motors KMC.

In 2007, he graduated from Kazakh-Russian University with a degree in Accounting and Audit.

Ruslan Omarov

Managing Director for Finance, Astana Motors KMC

Ruslan Mukhtarovich worked in Astana Group for more than 12 years where he promoted from a recent graduate to a top manager of the company.

Ruslan Omarov started his career as Financial Manager of the Real Estate Development Department; over the years, he worked as Financial Analyst and Director of the Credit Department of Astana Group.

In 2017, Ruslan Omarov was appointed to the position of Managing Director for Finance in Astana Motors Kazakh Motor Company LLP. He deals with the financial issues of a group of the companies based on long-term goals and development prospects, identifying sources of financing under current market conditions. He also oversees strategic financial planning.

In 2009, he graduated from KazEU name after T. Ryskulov with a degree in Finance.

Madi Uteshev

Managing Director for Government Regulation, Astana Motors KMC

Madi Uteshev is in charge of issues related to government regulation, promotion of car sales in state and quasi-state organizations as well as corporate transactions. He has experience in private financial institutions and also in state-owned enterprises. He headed a micro-credit organization, worked as Managing Director in a foreign company, promoted from a specialist to Chief of the Service Department in RSE SA 201cBerkut 201d under DPA of RK.

He is a graduate of the Bolashak program; he got a degree in Economics and International Relations (UK).

Kit Matthew Simmons

Kit Simmons has been in the car industry for 30 years. Until December 2021, he had been President at Toyota Motor Kazakhstan and a member of the Supervisory Board at Toyota Financial Services Kazakhstan.

Kit Matthew Simmons was born in the United Kingdom, graduated from Plymouth University as a Bachelor of Business with a marketing diploma and the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) settled in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mr. Simmons’ career in the car industry started in 1992. He took executive positions at Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota Motor Europe, Toyota Motor Russia and Toyota Motor Corporation Japan.

In 2017, Kit Simmons became President at Toyota Motor Kazakhstan, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, the official importer and distributor of Toyota and Lexus.

Moon Sangmin

Member of the Board

Moon Sangmin is a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Structure Engineering) from Pusan National University, and has worked for Hyundai Motor Company (HMC), the largest auto manufacturer of South Korea, for over 35 years.

Prior to joining Astana Motors, Mr. Moon held the positions of Executive Director of Hyundai Motor Company, Head of Manufacturing Technology Department, Director of Plant in Changzhou (PRC), and Director of Production Department in Beijing Hyundai (PRC).

Over the years, Moon Sangmin was in charge of production control and supervised the innovation area of business at Beijing Hyundai plants, led the construction department, the automobile manufacture engineering department, engaged in planning and implementation of projects for the start-up and expansion of plants in South Korea and abroad, as well as strategizing of a long-term development of the South Korean, foreign Hyundai plants and their support.

In addition, Mr. Moon was in charge of Hyundai Motors' advanced manufacturing technology department.

Akylbek Anarbayev

Managing Director, Business Development, Astana Motors

Before he was appointed as Managing Director, Akylbek Anarbayev had been working with Kazakh Motor Company Astana Motors for 16 years.

He started his career as Marketing Manager.

Further on, he held the positions of Marketing Director, Deputy Director and Director of Distribution at Subaru Kazakhstan, Deputy Director of Distribution at Haval Motor Kazakhstan.

Akylbek Anarbayev had held successful negotiations with Chinese partners whose brands joined Astana Motors’ brand portfolio.

Education: Abai Almaty State University, International Law, 2004.

Marat Smagulov

Managing Director, Development of the Dealership Network, KMC Astana Motors.

Prior to his appointment, he had worked in the Astana Motors’ structure for 9 years.

Marat Smagulov started his career as a marketing specialist, worked on creating the image of the Hyundai brand in the region and developed communications with customers, participated in the opening of a new Hyundai auto center in Nur-Sultan. Then he headed the sales departments at the Hyundai and Toyota dealerships, occupied the position of director of Toyota Center Astana.

In 2005, he graduated from Amanzholov East Kazakhstan State University majoring in International Relations.

Erikkali Turzhanov

Sales Director of the Used Cars Division, Astana Motors KMC

Erikkali Turzhanov is in charge of the Used Cars Division. He began his career in the company in 2014. He worked in various departments of Astana Motors as well as in Hyundai Auto Kazakhstan and Hyundai Com Trans Kazakhstan. He has experience in the field of logistics in an international corporation: ERG (formerly known as ENRC).

In 2008-2010, he studied in Canada. He graduated from Columbia College. He also graduated from Turan University, the faculty of Law.

Elmira Omarova

HR Director, Astana Motors KMC

Elmira Omarova is in charge of HR in Astana Motors KMC. She has many years of experience in the field of HR both in large international companies and in the companies of the quasi-public sector as well as Kazakhstani companies. She has two higher education diplomas.

In 1995, she graduated from Kazakh State University of the World Languages with the speciality 201cTeacher of the Foreign Language. 201d

In 1999, she graduated from Kazakh State Law University with a degree in Jurisprudence.

Alexander Palchikov

Head of the Financial Department, Astana Motors KMC

Alexander Palchikov began his career in the company in 2011. Over the years, he held the positions of Financial Director in Astana Motors Premium, Auto Center Astana Motor, which are part of Astana Motors KMC. In 2016, he started working in the Managing Company as Head of the Financial Department where he was responsible for managing and coordinating the Financial Department.

In 2010, he graduated from KIMEP University with a degree in Financial Management. He also has an MBA degree.

Beknur Nesipbayev
Ruslan Omarov
Madi Uteshev
Kit Matthew Simmons
Moon Sangmin
Akylbek Anarbayev
Marat Smagulov
Erikkali Turzhanov
Elmira Omarova
Alexander Palchikov
Beknur Nesipbayev
Ruslan Omarov
Madi Uteshev
Kit Matthew Simmons
Moon Sangmin
Akylbek Anarbayev
Marat Smagulov
Erikkali Turzhanov
Elmira Omarova
Alexander Palchikov