Krasnodar, 4 October – Yug Times. When three years ago the second extension of CLAAS’s factory in Krasnodar was commissioned, most components for the combine harvesters and tractors began to be produced in Russia, thereby making the final output much cheaper. The extension works were headed by Roman Prokuratov, then Project Manager, and now CLAAS Ltd. Technical Director. The young leader managed to gather a team of real professionals that have built metalworking, painting and conveyor assembling shops from a scratch and launched a full technological cycle of farm implements.
Roman Prokuratov has undergone a long way from a simple worker to top manager of a big factory in Germany. He may be envied by many for his industriousness and purposefulness. At the end of the 1990s, Roman followed his beloved to Germany. To survive in foreign lands, he worked as a labourer at the German company that made high-quality furniture for Mercedes and Audi. Seven years later, he was offered the position of Production and Logistics Director at that company.
One day, visiting the farm of his friend’s parents, Roman gave heed to light-green up-to-date combine harvesters with a red inscription, CLAAS. His friend asked him: “By the way, do you know that CLAAS is going to build the second stage of its factory in Krasnodar?” That very day, Roman wrote a letter to CLAAS top management, and several days after he got an invitation for an interview for the position of Project Manager.
“You can be an excellent professional but at the same time a mean personality that is not able to work in a team,” Roman Prokuratov states. “[At our Company,] we have a peculiar attitude to all our employees who are people that are inspired by their own achievements and enjoy the success of their team. When with CLAAS, it’s always ‘we’, not ‘I’.”
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