Valery M Okulov, son-in-law of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, was born in 1952 and started his Aeroflot career in 1985, flying Tupolev Tu-154M and Ilyushin IL-86 aircraft. He later advanced to become chief instructor at the airline's pilot training centre, but was destined for bigger things. After a further promotion to first deputy director operations in 1996, Okulov became general director in June 1997, tasked with modernising Aeroflot and turning it into a major international carrier with Western standards.

Source: Airline Business