MOSCOW, Dec. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL) , one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces the appointment of the company's Senior Vice-President for Economics and Management Oleg Korzhov as Mechel OAO's Chief Executive Officer. This decision was approved by the company's Board of Directors and is valid starting on January 1, 2014. Evgeny Mikhel, who occupied this post since 2010, left the company by his own wish. "We are sincerely grateful to Evgeny Mikhel who led the company in complicated times and wish him the best of luck in his future career. He achieved great progress in implementing the company's revised strategy, and under his leadership Mechel completed key investment projects and sold most of its non-core assets. "Oleg Korzhov is an expert in his field, with great experience. We are sure that he has the ability to bring Mechel to a new level of development and successfully resolve the tasks that the company faces," Chairman of Mechel OAO's Board of Directors Igor Zyuzin noted. Prior to his appointment Oleg Korzhov is Senior Vice President for Economics and Management of Mechel OAO since October 2011. From April 2009 to October 2011 he was Mechel OAO's Vice President in charge of business planning and analysis. Since July 2008 to April 2009 he had the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer for economy and finance of Mechel Management Company OOO. Prior to that he was working as Director of the Economy and Planning Department at Mechel Management Company OOO for two years. From 2005 to 2006 Mr. Korzhov held the position of director for the economy and planning office at Mechel OAO. He was Director for economy and finance at Nizhnetagilsky Metallurgical Plant (NTMP) of Evrazholding Company OOO from 2003 until 2005. In the period between 1998 and 2003 he was Deputy Head of Economy Department and then head of economy department at Nizhnetagilsky Metallurgical Plant OAO. From 1997 to 1998 he was Executive Officer of Nikoremstroy OAO and in 1995-1997 -- deputy chief executive officer for economy and finance Nikoremstroy OAO (NTMP OAO's subsidiary). In the period from 1993 to 1995 he worked at various positions at Nizhnetagilsky Metallurgical Plant.