Today, President Serzh Sargsyan received Eugene Kaspersky – the winner of the 2015 RA Presidential Award in the area of Information Technologies (IT). Eugene Kaspersky, who was bestowed the award for his global contribution to the IT area, has made a considerable input in the area of high technologies. He is also a world-class specialist in the area of cyber security and the Director General of Kaspersky Lab – one of the leading private companies in the area.
The President of Armenia welcomed Eugene Kaspersky and his spouse Khu Shirong and noted that Armenia attaches utmost importance to the development of the information technologies – one of the key branches of its economy. Serzh Sargsyan stressed that the Lab headed by Eugene Kaspersky is doing invaluable job in the area of cyber security and wished him every success in his very important work.
Eugene Kaspersky noted that this is his third visit to Armenia and each time he has been able to combine work with sightseeing and has wonderful impressions of our country. He stressed that Armenia’s progress in the IT area is noticeable.
“I am very happy to receive this prestigious award. I am also proud that I’ve joined the list of the awardees which comprises true legends of the IT community. I would like to thank the Executive Council for the award as well as for the opportunity to familiarize with the IT area in this country. The world is becoming more computerized and digitalized, and significance of the information technologies in economy and social life continues to grow.
We will undoubtedly continue to support Armenia’s initiatives aimed at the development of the IT area,” said Eugene Kaspersky during his meeting with the President of Armenia.
After the meeting, at the Presidential Palace there took place the ceremony of cancelling a postage card and special envelope dedicated to the awardees of the RA Presidential Award in the IT area.
Later, on the occasion of the 2015 RA Presidential Award ceremony, at the Presidential Palace there was also held a reception in honor of Mr. Eugene Kaspersky and Mrs. Khu Shirong.
Additional information about the RA Presidential Award for the global contribution to the area of Information Technologies
Evgeniy Kaspersky is the sixth winner of the RA Presidential Award for the global contribution to the area of Information Technologies. The first award was bestowed on the former President of the Board of Directors of the Intel Corporation Craig Barrett in 2010, the second was awarded Steve Wozniak – cofounder of the Apple Computers Corporation in 2011, the third went to the Honorary President of Synaptics Federico Faggine in 2012, the fourth – to the President of the Union of Semiconductors Manufacturers Experts, President of Techno Vision and former CEO of the Hitachi Company Tsugio Makimoto, and the fifth award went to Mario Mazzola – Chief Development Officer of Cisco Company.
The RA Presidential Award in the area of Information Technologies was established by the 2009 July 6 executive order of President Sargsyan and is intended to boost the development of the IT area. The annual award is bestowed on the individuals who have made outstanding contribution to the IT area, whose input – technological, educational, administrative, and financial or other has resulted in the significant advancement in the IT area.
The nomination is carried out by the Award Committee appointed by the President of Armenia and by the international selection commission. The Award comprises the Medal symbolizing Armenia and high technologies, a diploma and a symbolic souvenir.