Alex Knaster

Alex Knaster

Formal First Name
Alexander (Alex)
1959 - present

Alex Knaster is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Pamplona Capital Management. Prior to this, he has served as Chief Executive Officer of Alfa-Bank in Russia. Under his leadership, Alfa-Bank has grown over ten-fold into Russia’s largest privately-owned bank. With over 25 years of experience in the investment banking industry, Knaster has held senior positions at major financial firms, including Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, and Bankers Trust Company in Houston, New York, London, and Moscow. A renowned philanthropist, Knaster actively supports educational and healthcare-focused charities.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Knaster was born in Moscow.
  • He emigrated to the United States in 1976 and became a U.S. citizen.
  • He got UK citizenship in 2009. 
  • Prior to beginning his career in investment banking, he spent three years as an engineer working on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico
  • He returned to Russia in the mid-1990s and headed Credit Suisse First Boston's Moscow operation. 
  • He created the Alexander M. Knaster Scholarship Fund in order to aid full-time undergraduate students in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.