Andriy Zagorodnyuk does not have a military background, yet he has been leading the reform office at Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense since March 2015.
Zagorodnyuk, 39, is an entrepreneur at heart. Given the success of his company, Discovery Drilling Equipment, in the oilfield services industry, his post at the ministry may seem even more unlikely.
“I could have had an investor or entrepreneur visa to any country I wanted,” he told the Kyiv Post in a Nov. 10 interview. “I had all the options for a U.S. green card or British citizenship. It wasn’t a problem.”