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Russian winners announced for 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Moscow, 27 November 2015

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EY in Russia has announced the national winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards. This competition has been held in more than 60 countries for the last 30 years, and in Russia since 2003. EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world's only awards program to honor top-class entrepreneurs.

The overall winner of the Russian national title of 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®, as well as the winners in 10 categories, were selected at a gala ceremony held in Moscow on 26 November 2015. Dmitry Purim, Chairman of the Management Board of Sovfraсht, was declared Russia's overall winner and also earned the top prize in the Transport category. He will represent Russia at the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in June 2016, which will bring together leading entrepreneurs from around the world.

The independent panel consisting of outstanding business leaders, government officials and previous winners judged the finalists against the following criteria: entrepreneurial spirit, innovations, financial performance, business growth, industrial leadership, and corporate social responsibility.

The winners in the 10 categories were:

1. Young Entrepreneur
Nikolai Kyzyakov, Founder, Vanyushkiny Sladosti

2. Transport
Dmitry Purim, Chairman of the Management Board, Sovfraсht

3. Finance and Investments
Dmitry Chikhachev, Founder and Managing Partner, Runa Capital

4. Medical Sciences
Gaik Simonyan, General Director, Bentus Laboratories

5. High Tech
Aleksandr Makarov, President, Atol

6. Manufacturing
Yevgeny Kulik, Director, Alberto Rossi-Yug

7. Telecom
Ilya Sachkov, Founder and General Director, Group-IB

8. Consumer Goods
Viktor Semenov, Supervisory Board Chairman and Founder, Belaya Dacha Group

9. Public Services
Filipp Khanin, President, Consul Service

10. B2B
Vladimir Gerasichev, Owner and Business Coach, Business Relations

The jury also handed out special prizes:

1. Master of Business
Aleksei Goryachev, President, RMG

2. Green Business
Boris Akimov, Co-owner, LavkaLavka

3. Contribution to the Development of the Mortgage-backed Securities Market
Alexander Semenyaka, Supervisory Board Member, Agency for Housing Mortgage Lending

Alexander Ivlev, EY Managing Partner for Russia and Director of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Russian program, commented: “During these tough times, entrepreneurs remain optimistic and are showing great competitive spirit: this year we had 32 finalists who impressed the judges with their business performance, innovation success stories, creative ideas and passion. The entrepreneurs who competed in this year's semi-final provide jobs for 84,000 people. The 2015 contest brought together strong entrepreneurs from Russia's 15 regions who represented a wide range of industries, from IT to textiles. The total revenues of the semi-finalists exceed RUB 80 billion. I believe that these entrepreneurs comprise a powerful force that will help us weather the tough times and drive economic recovery.”

About the winner
Dmitry Y. Purim, Chairman of the Management Board, Sovfracht
Sovfracht, a public joint-stock company (formerly an all-Soviet foreign economic union), was established in 1929 and privatized in 1992. The management team led by Mr. Purim joined the company in 1998. The IT-enabled strategy and the focus on building capabilities in the rapidly growing segments of the transport market have made Sovfracht Russia's leading independent logistics company. Sovfracht's business strategy has demonstrated its efficiency and effectiveness in rail and overseas transportation, bulk shipping, Arctic logistics and container carriage in times of crisis and non-crisis. The consistent approach to management and employee incentives, as well as the company's social policies, have helped it become a top employer in the industry.

The judging panel of the 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of the Year® Russian program:
This year the judging panel included:

  1. Aleksandr Galitsky, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Almaz Capital Partners
  2. Mikhail Kopeikin, First Deputy Chief of Staff of the State Duma
  3. Stanislav Kostyashkin, General Director, Continent Express
  4. Rostislav Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Blanco, President, Rostik Group
  5. Andrei Romanenko, Founder and Board of Directors Member, QIWI Group
  6. Viktor Sedov, General Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
  7. Oleg Khusayenov, Board of Directors Chairman, Atlant-M International Automobile Holding
  8. Andrei Sharonov, Rector, Skolkovo Moscow School of Management
  9. David Yakobashvili, Board Member, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®   
The Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards held by EY for 30 years are among the most prestigious accolades for entrepreneurs in the world. Today the program spans around 145 cities in more than 60 countries. In Russia, it has been held since 2003.
For more information about the program, please visit

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