Anatoli Iksanov is a very capable administrator who presumably knows what he is doing. I went to a press reception for the Bolshoi at the Russian Embassy a couple of years ago and I have to say he made an excellent impression and he is highly thought of by people outside of Russia that have had dealings with him.
I suppose time will tell as to whether this will prove a wise decision or not, but we all know what too many cooks can do. Ratmansky is obviously company choreographer in all but name, even though his free-lance status means he doesn't want to be described as such.
Grigorovich can be said to have never really gone away as he has maintained his links with the company and overseen the performance of his ballets. He remains a very popular choreographer in Moscow with both the ballet going public and members of Bolshoi staff, but he is now in his eighties and with the recent tragic death of his wife I wonder if he would have continued with his Krasnodar Company much longer. I have to confess to a certain fondness for Mr G. who is possessed of great charm and old world courtesy; and I even like his ballets because for all their faults (they are killers to dance) they contain much that is inspired. His productions of the classics have varied in quality but his Raymonda is superb and deserves to be acknowledged as such whereas his Swan Lake............ Well, let’s just say it's time the Bolshoi replaced it.
It is rumoured that Grigorovich will be in charge of casting and touring and although the former shouldn't cause much concern I am a little worried about the latter as I can still remember his disastrous overseas tours of the 90's that ultimately damaged the company reputation. Let's hope he learned from those mistakes.
Yuri Burlaka is a dark horse for most of us who spent much of his career with Vyachaslav Gordeyev and his main interest seems to be the restoration of old ballets. He is someone about whom I know very little, but it takes someone with a very forceful personality to run the Bolshoi: I hope he has one.
Here is his official Bolshoi page:
http://bolshoi.ru/en/theatre/person/det ... &id26=1007