Titarenko was born 16 on July 1958 in Baku. In 1981 he graduated from Azerbaijan Oil and Chemistry Institute. After graduation until 1990 he worked for oil and gas exploratory expedition in Krasnoselkupsk which carried out exploratory drilling of oil and gas wells.
In 1990 he was appointed first deputy head of Krasnoselkupsk district administration of the Tyumen region.
In 1998-2001 was a deputy director-general of Itera-Russ energy company engaged in gas sales.
In 2002 he joined Novafininvest financial services and investment company as deputy director-general.
In March 2003, when a commercial director, he was elected to the board of Novatek.
In 2011 he was removed from the board of Novatek.
In 2011 Titarenko's wealth was estimated at 430 million dollars.
Sources: Viperson.ru, celebrity, Finance, 14 February 2011
In 2005 police seized documents at Novatek's offices in Salekhard, Samara and Moscow in connection with two civil lawsuits filed by prosecutors of Yamal-Nenets district to the court of arbitration. The first one stated that Novatek had illegally transferred 5.6% of shares owned by Yamal Regional Development Fund to Vnesheconombank Another one asked for invalidation of the fund. Both actions were taken into consideration. Independent lawyers warn that if Yamal prosecutors win, all the transactions made by the fund will be invalidated.
Source: RBC, 28 June 2005
On 17 April 2009 Novatek reported that nine of the top managers of the company increased their stakes in it. Vice-chairman of the board Nikolai Titarenko was mentioned among them since he got 0.04% of the shares.
Source: URA.ru, 21 April 2009
In February and March 2010 a major project started in St. Petersburg called New Beach . Governor of St.Petersburg Valentina Matvienko and prime-minister Vladimir Putin, masterminded expansion of the boundaries of the city. They planned to add about 400 acres of water area of the Gulf of Finland to its territory. Experts believe that the silting project which is doubtful with urban planning, economic and environmental point of view is in the interest of сo-owner of Novatek Gennady Timchenko.
Stanislav Belkovsky, a political scientist and director of the National Strategy Institute, commented on the ptoject ''Of course, this mega-project is highly questionable in terms of ecology, and in terms of urban planning, and economics. It is impossible to calculate payback of such an expensive programme. It is not so important, though. In Russia all projects of the kind are in the first place carried out to get large loans from state or close-to-state banks like VTB, Vnesheconombank, or even popular Sberbank. Once a loan of a few billions and even tens of billions of dollars is provided, 25 - 30% of it disappear somewhere. Then the borrower and the project owners lose interest in finishing it. I think this project is the same case.''
Source: Novaya Gazeta, 25 January 2010
In 2011 published documents on construction of a fitness centre in Bolshoy Utrish disrict of the Krasnodar region were published. According to media reports and environmentalists, the centre is intended for President Medvedev.
Environmental Watch on North Caucasus reported that the project of the building started in July 2008 when Forest department of the Krasnodar region and Dar non-profit regional projects fund signed a 49-year lease agreement for a plot of 120 hectares.
Rental price was almost 15 million rubles a year. The founder of Dar is well-known Levit company which has a stake in Novatek, the second after Gazprom gas producer in Russia.
Source: Novaya Gazeta, 15 February 2011
At the end of March 2011 after director-general and co-owner of Novatek Leonid Mikhelson had proposed ''to optimize management system'' the board of directors twice cut the board of the company. Titarenko resigned as commercial director and became an adviser to the director-general. Functions of his long-term planning and strategic development department were transferred to the business development department.
Source: Moscow News, 21 April 2011