Monday, June 08, 2009
During the first week of June, MTS participated in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. At the Forum, MTS management hosted over 40 investors as part of Renaissance Capital 13th Annual Investor Conference, discussing Q1’2009 results, retail strategy and potential opportunities in the fixed broadband market.
MTS and Nokia sign partnership agreement. From left to right: Niels Nielsen, General Manager, Nokia Russia; Victor Saeijs, Vice-President, Sales, Eurasia, Nokia; Mikhail Shamolin, President and CEO, MTS.
Mikhail Shamolin, President and CEO of MTS, was heavily involved in the Forum program. On June 5, he participated in “The Power of Innovation” panel, speaking alongside with Anatoly Chubais, General Director of the Russian Nanotechnology Corporation, Jean-Philippe Courtois, President of Microsoft International and Craig R. Barrett, Chairman of the Board at Intel Corporation, among others.
On the second day of the Forum, Mikhail spoke at “The Future of Payment Systems” panel, discussing innovation in payment methods and particularly the role mobile industry can play. Other panelists included Tatyana Chugunova, Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia, Hans Morris, President of Visa Inc. and James Turley, Chairman & CEO of Ernst & Young.
In addition, during the Forum Mikhail participated in the signing of a strategic partnership with Nokia on the direct delivery of Nokia devices to MTS’ retail network.
Mikhail Shamolin, President and CEO of MTS, at "The Power of Innovation" panel.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
We have recently signed a partnership agreement with FC Zenit St. Petersburg, one of the most successful football clubs in Russia. As the official partner of the club, MTS will provide Zenit with mobile communications services and will participate in various projects aimed at promoting the club.
Zenit has recently become one of the most recognized Russian sports brands, winning both the 2008 UEFA Cup and the 2008 UEFA Super Cup. We decided to become partners with Zenit due to its unique appeal in St. Petersburg and growing presence in the international football community.
MTS has a long and successful history of supporting sports. Most recently, we were the general partner of the Russian Olympic Committee and the official mobile communications provider of the Russian team during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. We have also supported Olympic Committees across the CIS countries where our network is present – in Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Belarus.
MTS banners have already appeared at Zenit’s home stadium in St. Petersburg as was evident during a recent game with the Italian side Udinese Calcio in the 2009 UEFA Cup competition (http://www.uefa.com/competitions/uefacup/fixturesresults/round=15287/match=304837/index.html):