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Official awarding ceremony of the National Program "Person of the Year 2011" was held
29 March 2012

XVI award ceremony of the National Program "Person of the Year 2011" was held on March 24, 2012 at the National Palace "Ukraine". The program involves awarding with the title "Person of the Year" the most outstanding personalities of Ukraine, who had made significant contribution to the key country`s areas in professional and social activities during the last year.

The ceremony was attended by prominent politicians, foreign diplomats, businessmen, sportsmen, artists and celebrities. Piraeus Bank in Ukraine became the Main Sponsor of the National Program "Person of the Year 2011".

"It is very important for us to participate in public life and maintain partnerships with business customers. So we decided to support this Program, focused on stimulating, encouraging and recognizing people and companies who had contributed a lot to the country's economy and development. They are in fact country’s prosperity engines, – Vyacheslav Koval, acting Chairman of the Board of Piraeus Bank in Ukraine, said. – In this sense, the Program "Person of the Year" is a unique, so we have chosen it as the best way to increase brand awareness of our bank, which in 2012 will continue funding the best business projects implemented in Ukraine".

Vyacheslav Koval personally congratulated the winner of the "National Trade Mark of the Year" - President of the State Enterprise "Antonov" Dmytro Kiva and awarded a special prize on behalf of Piraeus Bank in Ukraine. General Director of LLC "Optima Leasing» / Sixt Ukraine Vadim Nesterchuk - the winner in nomination "Leader among Small and Medium Enterprises" and General Director of "OMOKS" Alex Kulagin – winner in the nomination "Entrepreneur of the Year" received special gifts on behalf of the Main Sponsor of the Program.

Apart from winners in 17 nominations, organizers of the program "Person of the Year" have identified winners of international and special awards. Thus, an international award for diplomacy received His Excellency, Mr. George Georguntzos, Greek Ambassador to Ukraine. Special guest of the ceremony, the legendary French singer Patricia Kaas received the international award "For the revival of cultural contacts and spiritual rapprochement of peoples".

Note. Piraeus Bank is one of the major banking institutions of Southern and Eastern Europe with assets of EUR 55,6 bln and total equity of EUR 3,1 bln (as of 30.09.2011). Established in 1916, Piraeus Bank today has presence in Greece, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Egypt, Serbia, Cyprus as well as in the world financial centres of New York and London. Piraeus Bank S.A. leads Piraeus Bank Group, which consists of 10 banks and 21 companies covering the entire range of financial services.

In Ukraine Piraeus Bank provides a full range of banking services to individuals, small and medium enterprises and corporate clients. Piraeus Bank is a member of Association of Ukrainian Banks, Forum of Leading International Financial institutions (FLIFI) participant of the Fund of Guaranteeing the Deposits of Individuals. The Bank is also included in the list of banks authorized by the Pension Fund of Ukraine to make payments of pensions and financial assistance.

Piraeus Bank has the highest rating of deposits reliability provided by “Credit-Rating” Agency (grade “5”; last update took place on 02.03.2012), that shows the bank's capacity to make payments on existing deposits timely and in full. The Bank has «uaA» long-term credit rating with the forecast "stable" provided by “Credit-Rating” (updated on 22.12.2011). This long-term rating belongs to the group of investment ratings that is one of the highest ratings given to banks operating on the Ukrainian market.

Piraeus Bank in Ukraine Press Service
Andriy Sakhno
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