Executive team

Our leaders combine demonstrated commitment to IT and communications innovation with world-class management skills to create efficiency and value for our clients.

Dmitry Ponomarev, MERA Holding Chairman

Mr.Ponomarev nurtured MERA from a small software development firm with a handful of employees to a global software development leader providing services in the most forefront technology areas. Prior to his entrepreneurial career in 1989, he served as Professor at the University of Technology in Nizhny Novgorod where he organized specialized training courses in a variety of IT disciplines. Mr.Ponomarev's academic experience includes serving as a research engineer in the field of antenna measurement.


Sergei Drozhilkin, Chief Executive Officer

Sergei Drozhilkin has been with MERA since the beginning, starting in 1989 as a lead software developer. In 2001, he was appointed Chief Technology Officer, and in 2007 to the post of Vice President of Operations. He became CEO in 2015. Sergei earned his Master of Science in Engineering degree from the Technical University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia and continued to work at there as a researcher and teacher until joining MERA. His studies included work on advanced antenna measurements and signal processing.


Konstantin Nikashov, Chief Business Development Officer

Since 2006, Konstantin has been responsible for developing strategic business directions, as well as coordinating partnerships and key customer relations—including long-term partnerships with world technology leaders. He has been a major part of MERA’s growth into a leading provider of software R&D. Konstantin joined MERA from Commercial Information Networks where he was Chief Technology Officer. He received his Master of Science in Engineering degree from the Technical University of Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.


Juerg Lohri, Chief Financial Officer

Juerg Lohri joined MERA as CFO with 20 years of experience in the IT industry. He previously held senior positions in international finance, including European Controller for Unisys, a global IT service provider. His experience includes large-scale enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations, establishing quality assurance systems, and developing and improving business models. Juerg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and an MBA from INSEAD, France.


Andrei Ladygin, Chief Visionary Officer

Since 1999, Andrei has focused on strategic business development and research directions, helping MERA innovate and grow by capitalizing on key technology trends. He also contributes legal and technical expertise in relationships with customers, partners, and investors. He graduated from the Faculty of Law, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.


Igor Piruyan, Chief Operating Officer

Igor has over 30 years of experience working for technology-based companies and research institutes, including 15 years of Executive management. Prior to MERA, he worked at the offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Russia, leading the development of internal software and IT infrastructure. Igor holds a Master degree in Mathematics and Computer science.


Alexey Istomin, General Manager

Alexey began his career at MERA in 2001, starting out as an engineer. He worked his way up to become a director of one of four business departments at MERA in 2016. Throughout these years, Alexey has been fostering the company’s expertise in various domains, particularly Industrial IoT and Automotive. In the role of General Manager at MERA Russia, he plans to concentrate on business growth with key clients, MERA’s competence development, and efficient performance. Alexey holds a Master’s degree in Automated Systems for Information Processing and Control.

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