13 Nov 2010 13:23

Gazprom chief Miller not looking to step down - company

MOSCOW. Nov 13 (Interfax) - Russian gas giant Gazprom's chief Alexei Miller is not preparing to relinquish his post, the company told Interfax in response to media reports to the contrary.

"The report in today's Vedomosti newspaper that the CEO of OJSC Gazprom Alexei Miller has supposedly 'prepared to depart' is not correct and is just the author's conjecture or fantasy. The publication has already issued a retraction," official Gazprom representative Sergei Kupriyanov said.

The article cited "health problems" affecting the company chief and said that Gazprom management "was wrapping it up" - moving toward the completion of major deals already begun.

Miller has headed the Russian gas monopoly since 2001, and his current five-year contract runs until May of next year.