Alexander Misharin was born in 1959. He graduated from the Urals State University of Railway Transport as a Railway Transport Electrification in 1981. He obtained his second university degree, in economics, from the same university in 1997. Misharin has a CSc degree in economics and a DSc in engineering.He started out as an electrician and rose through the company to become chief engineer of Sverdlovsk Railway. He served as Deputy, First Deputy Minister of the Railways, Chief of Sverdlovsk Railway, Director of the Department for Integrated Development of the Infrastructure of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, and Director of the Department for Industry and Infrastructure of the Central Office of the Government of the Russian Federation.He was Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region from 2009 to 2012.Alexander Misharin became First Vice-President of Russian Railways JSCo in December 2012.