Group Vice President and General Manager, Eastern Europe
Elena Starkova is the General Manager of Avon Eastern Europe. In this role, she oversees Avon's business in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Ms. Starkova joined Avon in 1996 as an Area Sales Manager in Russia after few years of field experience. During her first six years with the company, Ms. Starkova served as the first National Training Manager and Regional Sales Manager, leading Avon's sales team in half of Russia. Later, she created Avon Russia's Field Service Department that included sales development, training, call center and sales support functions. Ms. Starkova's experience expands beyond Russia. She also served as National Sales Director in Poland, Country Manager of Serbia & Montenegro and most recently General Manager of Ukraine and Georgia.
Ms. Starkova graduated from N.A. Semashko Moscow Medical Stomatological Institute (MMSI) with a degree in General Medicine. She also holds an MBA from the American Institute of Business and Economics in Russia. In 2008, she completed the Executive Education Program in the International Business School, INSEAD, in France.