Igor Ivanov held his portfolio for five years and a half. He overtook it in 1998 from Evgeni Primakov, as the latter was appointed Prime Minister.
Igor Ivanov, 59, Russian by ethnicity, was born in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow-based Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages, 1969, with a fluent command of Spanish and English.
1969-73, staff researcher, Institute of World Economic and Foreign Relations Studies under the USSR Academy of Sciences.
1973-78, 2nd Secretary, USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1st European Department; senior engineer, Soviet trade representation, Madrid, Spain; 1st Secretary, Soviet Embassy to Spain.
1978-83, Counsellor and Minister-Counsellor, Soviet Embassy to Spain.
1983-86, expert, USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1st European Department; counsellor to ministerial staff; aide to the USSR Minister of Foreign Affairs.
1986-89, deputy chief and first deputy chief, USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs General Secretariat.
1989-91, chief of USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs General Secretariat; ministerial board member.
1991-93, Soviet and later Russian Ambassador to Spain.
December 1993 into September 1998, Russia's First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Appointed Russia's First Minister of Foreign Affairs, September 11, 1998.
Igor Ivanov was active in numerous sessions of the United Nations General Assembly, and international conferences. He co-chaired Bosnia peace talks in Dayton, Texas.
Mr. Ivanov was awarded a number of Russian and foreign decorations. He is married and has a daughter.