Graduated from Department of Asian and African Studies of St. Petersburg State University (major: History of India).
Andrey Barannikov has 27 years of experience in public relations. He started his career as PR manager in Andréasson Public Relations. Since 1999 Andrey Barannikov is the CEO of SPN-Granat.
Since 2014 the company is an independent agency called SPN Communications. Under the leadership of Andrey Barannikov, it became one of the top three communications companies in 2012-2016 according to the National Rating of Communications Consultancies. The Holmes Report called it the Agency of the Year in Russia and the CIS.
Andrey Barannikov is the Honorary Chairman of the Association of Consultancies in the field of Public Relations (AKOS), Vice President of the Russian Public Relations Association (RASO), Member of the Executive Committee of the International Communications Consultancy Organization (ICCO), Member of the International Public Relations Association, Member of the International Association of Business Communications (IABC), Academician of the Russian Academy of Public Relations. (RAOS).
Andrey Barannikov is the winner of a number of international and Russian professional awards: IABC Gold Quill Awards (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), SABRE Awards (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), Global SABRE Awards (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), IPRA Golden World Awards (2004, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Cannes Corporate TV & Media Awards (2011, 2012, 2014), Silver Archer (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2016), Best AKMR Certified Event Agency (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), etc.
In 2017 Andrey Barannikov was included in the list of Top 1000 Russian Managers for the fifth time and was named one of the 20 best top managers in the country in the Professional Services category.
Andrey Barannikov acts as Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Baltic Weekend international communications forum and Deputy Chairman of the national PR contest PROBA ICCO Global PR Awards, as well as judge and expert of multiple professional competitions.