Marina Granovskaia was born in Russia and is a dual Russian and Canadian national. She graduated in 1997 from Moscow State University with honours and the same year started her career at Sibneft, the oil company formerly owned by Roman Abramovich.
She has worked closely with Mr Abramovich as a senior adviser over the last 18 years, looking after his various assets and interests.
She moved from the Russian capital to London shortly after the acquisition of Chelsea Football Club in 2003 and since 2010 has acted as a representative of the owner at the club and in support of the board of directors. She joined the board of Chelsea FC plc and the Football Club Board in June 2013 and is mainly responsible for player transactions.
In addition to being a native Russian speaker, Granovskaia is fluent in English and speaks several other European languages.