The title “Honored banker” is the highest award of the Association of Russian Banks, which in the Association history were presented twice to: Viktor Gerashchenko, the former head of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, and Alla Grjaznova, the President of the Financial Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation. Alexey Ustaev became the first Chairman of Commercial Bank to be awarded the highest award of the Association of Russian Banks.
On the 19 of December, 2012 VIII National Banking Award Ceremony was organized by the Association of Russian Banks in Moscow. The winners in 11 categories were named and the best representatives of the banking community were awarded the 6 special jury prizes.
The event is traditionally attended by the heads of commercial banks, representatives of the Russian Presidential Executive Office, the Government, the Bank of Russia, ministries and departments, prominent Russian politicians, editors of the leading media companies. Garegin Tosunyan , the President of the Association of Russian Banks, hand out awards to winners.
From left to right: President of the Association of Russian Banks Garegin Tosunyan, Chairman of the Board of Viking Bank Alexey Ustaev, , former head of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation Viktor Geraschenko, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Alexander Torshin, presenter Dmitriy Dibrov.
The Chairman of the Board and the permanent Head of Viking Bank Alexey Ustaev has been awarded the title "Honored Banker" and badge of honor of the Association of Russian Banks for his contribution to the development of the banking system.
National Banking Award has been held since 2005. Prize is non-commercial in nature and is the leading professional award in the banking community. Best banks are determined by the expert council and jury. They are composed of representatives of the banking community, committees of the State Duma and the Federation Council. Among the award winners - leading Russian and foreign banks, known managers of the banking industry. Senior executives of Viking Bank became award holders repeatedly over the years.