Members of the SKOLKOVO Community among the Winners of the Director of the Year Awards

30.11.2016

Moscow, November 30, 2016. – Founding partners, executives and alumni of the SKOLKOVO Business School became the winners of the Director of the Year award organised by the Independent Directors Association and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. The Director of the Year awards are given annually for personal contribution to the development of corporate management and for promoting advanced business practices as related to the boards of directors in Russian companies.

SKOLKOVO: Members of the SKOLKOVO Community among the Winners of the Director of the Year Awards

Ruben Vardanyan, Founding Partner and Deputy Chairman of the International Coordination Council of the SKOLKOVO Business School, Andrei Sharonov, President of the SKOLKOVO Business School, Alexander Chmel, Professor of Practice, Evgeny Plaksenkov, Professor and Head of the Chair for Finance, Payments and E-Commerce, Pierre Casse, Professor of Leadership, and Mikhail Bratanov, Executive MBA graduate, have made it to the list of 50 Best Independent Directors of 2016. Andrei Sharonov has also received a special award for personal contribution to the development of corporate management.

Tatyana Olifirova, Executive MBA graduate and Head of the SKOLKOVO Club of Independent Directors, won the Professional Director of a State Company in 2016 nomination. Alexander Abramov and Alexander Voloshin, founding partners of the SKOLKOVO Business School and members of the Coordination Council, were included in the list of 25 best chairmen of the boards of directors.

“Corporate management is one of the essential components of building the best management practices. It is the level of the corporate management development in a country that sends a clear signal to the investors regarding how and who with they should be working with in the market. Our goal is to promote the best corporate management practices and to involve as many entrepreneurs, business owners and managers as we can. I am happy that so many members of the SKOLKOVO Community were distinguished by the expert council of the Director of the Year awards. It means that our community of founding partners, professors and alumni can contribute to qualitative changes,” said Andrei Sharonov, President of the SKOLKOVO Business School.

The Director of the Year awards were started by the Independent Directors Association and PWC in 2006. The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs has acted as a co-organiser since 2009. The winners in all the categories are chosen by the expert council of the Director of the Year awards that includes 22 representatives of leading Russian companies, investment funds and associations, as well as the winners of the previous years’ awards.

The Independent Directors Association is the leading Russian union of the members of the boards of directors and chief executives of public and private companies. Its purpose is to help directors gain professional achievements and discover new opportunities. Since 2015, the Association has been a member of the global coalition of directors that includes the leading directorial organisations and more than 120,000 directors all over the world.

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