Businessman and politician,
Member of Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine.
Chairman of Football Federation of Ukraine
Honoured President of FC Dynamo Kyiv
From 2001 to present - the President of Ukrainian Football Federation
1998 to present - First Vice Chairman of Parliamentary Committee for Youth Policy, Physical Culture and Sports
1992 – 1998 - President of Slavutych Corporation, President of Professional Football League, Vice Chairman of Football Federation of Ukraine
From congratulations with the 10th Anniversary of Ukrainian Financial Group
Your company has turned 10, and 10 is a special number. The Ukrainians say “to score 10” when they mean scoring the bull’s eye. And “10” was a regular shirt number of Pele, Diego Maradona, Michel Platini and other football legends.
For business, this number also has a special tint. It is not only for the desire to score 10, the bull’s eye, and win the competition, which is common for both sports and business. Doing business resembles rodeo competitions, when the rider does all his best to stay in the saddle and not to tumble off and get under the bronco’s hoofs. Very few can stay in the saddle, and usually not for a long time. For those who have been doing business for a long time, rodeo would not seem a remote analogue, as the unpredictable Ukrainian market can sometimes offer you more exciting adventures than riding a bronco. Staying in a saddle in this environment for ten years deserves respect.
For Ukrainian Financial Group, 10 years is a pit stop it has reached full of strength, ambitions and promising ideas and wih an impressive winning records. However, it's not less important that you brought to Ukraine a number of international business superstars like MERRILL LYNCH, BMW, COMPAQ COMPUTER, SUN MICROSYSTEMS, AT&T, WESTERN UNION, LLOYD’S, PIERRE CARDIN and other companies and banks.
This is why it would be quite logical to draw a parallel between the performance of UFG and that of a classy sports team that wins points to the rating of the entire country, opening wide prospects to other teams. And therefore Ukrainian entrepreneurs wish you more success to the benefit of the Ukrainian investment business – and the whole Ukrainian economy.
And now – a surprise we have prepared for your anniversary. This is a Dynamo Kyiv shirt with 100 on the back. By the way, both your company’s and our team colours belong to the colour spectrum of Ukraine’s national flag, symbolising the role of both entities and Ukrainian envoys – and peace envoys - to the world. And we wish your company long life in business, as long as the shirt number shows. We wish you great victories on the century’s way that will further raise the authority of your company and Ukraine in the world.