Experts 2022

Marina Zhigalova — Investor; Entrepreneur
Marina Jigalova was appointed Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company CIS LLC in April, 2006. In this role, she is responsible for all of Disney’s businesses and brands (Disney, MARVEL, Star Wars) within the CIS, Georgia and Mongolia. Under her leadership, Disney Russia has grown into one of the leading entertainment and media companies and has evolved into one of the Disney’s innovation centers worldwide. Disney Russia delivers outstanding results in the following segments: The Walt Disney Studios, Media Networks, Disney Interactive and Disney Consumer Products. Marina Jigalova-Ozkan is named Top-2 Russian managers in the Media Business category in Russia’s 1,000 Top Managers Rating. Jury member for the TEFI-Region national TV contest in 2014 - 2017. Jury Chairman for Kinotavr film festival in 2015. Awarded in the Media Leader category of the Women in Leadership Competition by Ernst & Young in 2013. A member of the Russian Television Academy and National Academy of Cinematic Arts & Science. Holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Economic Relations from MGIMO University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

In September 2019, Marina Zhigalova joined Sberbank PJSC as Senior Vice President. Until April 2020, in this position she managed media projects, marketing, communications, and advertising at Sberbank Group.

In 2016, she became a shareholder of Independent Media, and in September 2020 she increased her stake by becoming a managing shareholder. She leads the digital transformation of the holding company and its long-term strategic development.