Almaty, 28 February 2011: Anatoliy Popelyushko , President of Rakhat JSC, has been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 in Kazakhstan at the National Awards Ceremony held on 25 February 2011 in Almaty. Anatoliy Popelyushko will proudly represent the country alongside the best global entrepreneurs at the international final of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® competition in Monte Carlo (Monaco) in June 2011.
Anatoliy Popelyushko became the President of Rakhat JSC, Kazakhstan’s leading confectionery, in 1992. Due to his leadership and vision, the firm succeeded in overcoming the crisis - the most difficult one for Kazakhstan’s economy - in the early 1990s. The firm’s management system has been reorganized, and the technical equipment has been upgraded. Rakhat JSC is a modern industrial complex, whose products are of high quality and exceptional taste. As the confectionery leader in Kazakhstan, Rakhat employs 4000 people. Having production facilities in Almaty and Shymkent, Rakhat produces around 300 items of 13 distinct types of confectionery. The firm’s production policy is based on high quality raw materials and strictly maintained technological processes.
Among other award winners recognized for their exceptional entrepreneurial skills were:
Arman Kagarov , President, RTS Decaux – Innovations award
Olga Agapova , Director, KIT Publishing, KITy Advertising Agency, Biba Group – Successful start-up award
Gafur Ikhsan , Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tranco – Services sector leader award
Anatoliy Popelyushko , President, Rakhat – Consumer market leader award
Vladimir Kananykhin , General Director, Imstalcon – Special jury prize for Lifetime achievement
Panel of independent judges:
Mr. Edwards, Jon , Senior Manager, Business development in Russia and CIS, London Stock Exchange
Ms. Makhmutova, Meruert Mautkhanovna , Ph.D, Director, Public Policy Research Center
Mr. Mazhibayev, Kairat Kuanyshbayevich , Chairman of the Board of Directors, Resmi group of companies
Mr. Von Gleich, Alexander, Managing director, Member of the Board of Directors, ATFBank
Mr. Weinstein, Michael, Director for Kazakhstan, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
About the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award
The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 in Kazakhstan is a part of the Ernst & Young international Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards program, which is designed to recognize and honor the outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs in developing local and global economies.
As one of the world’s most highly regarded business award programs, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards program has run nonstop for 24 years. Every year, the program expands geographically, and today it is held in 140 cities across 50 countries.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 in Kazakhstan was supported by the DAMU Entrepreneurship Development Fund and the Regional Financial Centre of Almaty. The following media partners supported the contest: Sovet Direktorov business magazine, Business Resource media holding, National Business magazine. The awards night was sponsored by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Pernod Ricard Kazakhstan.For more information about the awards, please visit website: www.ey.com/kz/eoy