OREANDA-NEWS. July 21, 2010. SOCAR hosted presentation ceremony of newly appointed vice president and other officials. SOCAR President Mr. Rovnag Abdullayev briefed on the recent achievements, social and economic projects implemented by the Company, and its expanding activities in the international and domestic arena. He also mentioned the importance of strategic development for the Company. According to him, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan decreed the establishment of vice president staff on strategic development in SOCAR management structure and Mr. Tofig Gahramanov was appointed to this post under the Order dated July 2, 2010 of the head of country. SOCAR President congratulated the vice president on this occasion and wished success in his future activities. Afterwards, Mr. Abdullayev talked about Company’s special attention to the development of the modern information technologies, especially to introduction of SAP systems and importance of informative innovations and information safety. In this connection, Information Technology Department was established at SOCAR Head Office, and Mr. Ilham Aslanov was appointed as head of the Department. Besides, Mr. Adnan Ahmedzadeh was appointed the head of Marketing and Economic Operations Department. Afterwards, newly appointed vice-president Mr. Tofig Gahramanov expressed his gratitude to the head of the country for being honored for such confidence and mentioned that he would justify this confidence. Mr. Tofig Gahramanov, born in 1953, graduated from the Azerbaijan Oil and Chemistry Institute (now Azerbaijan State Oil Academy). He started activities as an engineer at New Baku Oil Refinery, became head of komsomol committee of the plant for 1980-1983 years and worked as a trainer in Baku city party committee and Nizami district. Besides, he worked as a deputy director at New Baku Oil Refinery in 1990-1998s, chief of Economic Operations and Investments Department of “Azerneftyanacag” Oil Refinery and Baku Oil Refinery named after Heydar Aliyev in 1998-2006s. He was appointed the chief of Strategic development of processing Department of SOCAR in 2006-2007s and head of Marketing and Economic Operations Department in 2007.