Exhibition departments of the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its successor Expocentre has always been headed by charismatic and ingenious leaders. Their hard work laid the foundation for the development of exhibition business in Russia; they conducted major industry exhibitions which, in turn, boosted a positive image of our country in the world.

In 1945 a new committee was formed within the USSR Chamber of Trade. It was called a Standing Exhibitions Committee, and in 1947 on the basis of this committee a Department for Foreign Exhibitions (the Exhibitions Department since 1949) was created.
In 1960 the Exhibitions Department was transformed into the Agency for Exhibitions with two subdivisions: the Department for Soviet Exhibitions Abroad and the Department of Foreign Exhibitions in the Soviet Union.
In 1964 the Department for Foreign Exhibitions was turned into the Agency for Foreign Exhibitions in USSR and the Soviet Exhibitions Department - into the Agency for Soviet Exhibitions Abroad.
In 1969 the USSR Chamber of Commerce set up an Agency for International and Foreign Exhibitions consisting of the Department for Foreign Exhibitions, Department for International Exhibitions and other units. Such division was dictated by a new trend when, in addition to the exhibitions held in the USSR on the initiative of other countries and private companies, universal international exhibitions began to be held there.
In 1977 the Expocentre Association was set up on the basis of the Agency for International and Foreign Exhibitions as part of the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 1989 due to abolishment of the Agency for Soviet Exhibitions Abroad of the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry, organization of Soviet exhibitions abroad was committed to Expocentre.
In 1991, when the national economy was going through reforms, Expocentre became a joint stock company.

19591964
ALEKSANDR V. SAAG
ALEKSANDR V. SAAG

Head of Exhibitions Department, Head of the Agency for Exhibitions of the USSR Chamber of Commerce.

19641970
KONSTANTIN I. SMOLYANINOV
KONSTANTIN I. SMOLYANINOV

Head of the Department for Foreign Exhibitions in the Soviet Union of the Agency for Foreign Exhibitions under the USSR Chamber of Commerce, Head of the Agency for International and Foreign Exhibitions under the USSR Chamber of Commerce, Head of the Department for Soviet Exhibitions Abroad under the USSR Chamber of Commerce/Chamber of Commerce and Industry

19701977
KHACHIK G. OGANESYAN
KHACHIK G. OGANESYAN

Head of the Agency for International and Foreign Exhibitions under the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry

19731977
ALEKSANDR K. PAVLENKO
ALEKSANDR K. PAVLENKO

Director General of the United General Management Team of the Exhibition Centre and the Centre for International Trade and International Relations in the Field of Research and Technology under the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry

19771979
LEV K. GARUSOV
LEV K. GARUSOV

Head of the Expocentre Association under the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry

19791984
VLADIMIR M. KORSIKOV
VLADIMIR M. KORSIKOV

Director General of the Expocentre Association under the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry

19841990
STANISLAV V. MIKHAILOV
STANISLAV V. MIKHAILOV

Director General of the Expocentre Association

19902002
IGOR S. DENISOV

Director General of the Expocentre Association
Director General of Expocentre AO
Director General of Expocentre ZAO

20022012
VLADISLAV MALKEVICH
VLADISLAV MALKEVICH

Director General of Expocentre ZAO

2012-Present
SERGEI BEDNOV
SERGEI BEDNOV

Incumbent Director General of Expocentre AO