Today, Wednesday July 22, during an event dedicated to the 140 years anniversary of the establishment of the national press, Chief Executive Director of United Business Media Group (UBM Group) Ulviyya Mir-Gasimova was awarded the accolade of the Higher Media Award.
Recently, UBM Group led by her was the official partner of the Baku 2015 First European Games Operations Committee. As a part of a wide range of services UBM Group, also worked directly with the local and international media.
The award established by the National Press Council and sponsored by the Azerbaijan State Oil Company SOCAR is presented to members of the media, organizations or individual in recognition of their invaluable contribution to the development of national journalism.
There three winners selected, based amongst those who have spent years working in the industry, effecting change and solving issues facing the mass media. Three different financial prizes were awarded to each of the winners, 5,000 manat, 2,000 manat and 1,000 manat for first, second and third place respectively.
In addition to these three categories, a special award – the Higher Media Award – was created by the National Press Council and presented to Ulviyya Mir-Gasimova, CEO of UBM Group in recognition of the important role she played in the organizing and hosting of the first European Games.
The Awards ceremony took place at the Gulustan Palace, with the participation of more than 300 guests, including representatives of state and public bodies, the National Press Council and media outlets, as well as honored journalists.
All award winners were presented gifts by Pasha bank – one of the leading banks in Azerbaijan. This year, Pasha bank also prepared a special award for services in the field of promotion of national interests. Ali Hasanov, Assistant of the President of Azerbaijan on public-political issues was the recipient of this award.
Bakcell – first mobile operator in Azerbaijan, did not retreat from its traditions, and on the day of the 140th anniversary of the national press has awarded the most active and dedicated to their work heads of media and press services of state bodies.
When accepting her award, Ulviyya Mir-Gasimova was highly appreciative of the care and attention the government and in particular the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev showed toward national media issues. She said: “This award is highly important for us. It is a measure of trust shown by the government toward our company. For many years we have been closely working with media and providing services in the fields of communications and public relations, marketing and branding, advertising and merchandising, event organization and project management.
“We are proud that UBM Group is recognized as contributing to our National media’s development. In fact, we are the pioneer among private companies that was honored to become the first ever official partner of the 140-year anniversary of the national press. Let us express our gratitude to the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the National Adviser to the President of Azerbaijan Ali Hasanov for their trust shown toward us”.
The uniqueness of the Higher Media Award, which UBM Group was awarded, represented by its leader Ulviyya Mir-Gasimova is that it is the first time in the history that the company not the individual has been awarded.
As the official partner of the event, UBM Group prepared and gave gifts to winners of the category ‘Media providing wide and broad cover of the first European Games’.
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