Prior to joining the company, he was head of the regulator Roskomnadzor for eight years. Commenting on the appointment, Alexei Miller, chairman of the board of directors of Gazprom-Media Holding, said: “Traditional media are going through a stage of rapid changes under the influence of new technologies and increasing competition. Our task is to strengthen the leading position of the holding in changing conditions. Large-scale digital transformation and the use of the potential of the “big Gazprom” should be the most important success factors. The experience of Alexander Alexandrovich Zharov, gained over the years of supervision of the field of information technology and communications, his whole, broad view of Russian media and a deep understanding of the processes occurring in the industry, are designed to successfully solve the tasks.”
Alexander Zharov added: “I am very grateful to the shareholders and the board of directors of Gazprom-Media for the trust placed in me. I am ready to apply all my knowledge and experience for the benefit of the company. I carefully monitor the activities of the creative teams that make up the holding, and I pay tribute to their high professionalism. I can assure you that I will always adhere to the principles of mutual respect and openness in the management of the holding and its structures.”
Gazprom-Media was headed by Dmitry Chernyshenko since 2015.
On January 21, 2020, he was appointed deputy PM in the government of Mikhail Mishustin.