From 1988 to 1995, Igor served in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. From 1995 to 2005, he was employed at Severstal, where he worked his way up from a specialist in the Foreign Relations Department of the Sales Directorate to Commercial Director of the company. From 2002 to 2006, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Severstal, and further 2008 to 2010 a Chairman of the Board of Directors of Severstal Vtorchermet and Severo-Zapad Ogneupor.
In 1988, Igor graduated from Cherepovets Higher Military Engineering School of Radio Electronics. In 2006, he received an MBA from Northumbria University Business School (Newcastle, UK). Igor holds an Academician Bardin Award for his work “The Use of Converter Steel for Production of Cast Sections in Electric-Furnace Steelmaking Shop”.