The winner of Russia’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Award announced
MOSCOW, 26 NOVEMBER 2010 ― The winner of the national stage of Ernst & Young's World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award has been named. Maxim Nogotkov, President of Svyaznoy group of companies, Moscow, was announced Russia's Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 at the finalist awards ceremony held on 25 November.He will represent Russia at the international stage of the competition in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in May 2011.
In 1995, Maxim Nogotkov founded Maksus – a wholesale distributor of audio equipment and means of communication. In 2001, the company engaged in sales of mobile phones, and it was decided to establish a retail trade network under a single brand. Svyaznoy as a company was presented to the mass media and the buyers on 23 April 2002.
Today the group comprises about 2,300 sales outlets throughout Russia and 70 in the Republic of Belarus. Svyaznoy holds 25% of the market for mobile phone sales. The brand 'Svyaznoy' is also closely related to financial services: obtaining and reimbursing loans, making money transfers, paying for the services of various providers and for utilities. The first branch of Svyaznoy Bank was launched on 13 October 2010.
The independent panel of judges named the following winners in nominations:
Agrobusiness and food: Raisa Dyomina, General Director, Miasokombinat Pavlovskaya Sloboda, Moscow Region
Business Commitment: Vasiliy Mankovskiy, Chairman of the Board of Directors, KOM group of companies, Naberezhnye Chelny
Consumer Products: Leonid Baryshev, General Director, Essen Production AG, Elabuga
Education and Development: Yuri Rubin, Rector, Moscow University of Industry and Finance, Moscow
Entrepreneurship Development: Eduard Fiyaksel, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mega-NN group of companies, Nizhni Novgorod
Finance: Suren Airiyan, President, UNISTREAM commercial bank, Moscow
Manufacturing: Alexei Komissarov, General Director, Avtoremontnye sistemy, Moscow
Master of Business: Boris Polgeim, General Director, Aqua Logo group of companies, Moscow
Regional Leader: Yefim Kats, General Director, Maria Furniture Plant, Saratov
Retail: Maxim Nogotkov, President, Svyaznoy group of companies, Moscow
Services: Igor Lukashov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, X-Fit Group, Moscow
Social Recognition of Business: Sergey Galitskiy, General Director, Magnit retail chain, Krasnodar
Young Entrepreneur: Dmitry Maximov, Director, Tekhnika zdorovia, Nizhni Novgorod
"For almost a quarter of a century our company has been helping to identify and make globally known outstanding entrepreneurs who will become role models for the next generations, ― says Alexander Ivlev, Ernst and YoungManaging Partner for Russia and director of the Entrepreneur of the Year Program in Russia. ─ Our finalists are extraordinary people who rely as much on intuition, as on figures and facts. They are winners who can take risks to achieve success but who also assess those risks meticulously. They are leaders who are dedicated to their dreams and ready to toil day and night to see those dreams become reality".
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