On November 12, 2009, at the VII special ceremony, McDonalds received the Award for Excellence in Foreign Investments in Russia 2009, which was presented by Alfa-Bank President Petr Aven.
More than 150 senior managers from leading Russian and foreign companies attended the ceremony along with customers and partners of Alfa-Bank, and representatives from state and public organizations. A welcome speech was delivered by guest of honor Charles Timothy Hagel, US senator from 1997 to 2009.
In his speech, Petr Aven said, «Russia is a country that attracts interest from foreign investors. We set up this award seven years ago as a way to encourage new investors to enter the market and to support the foreign companies already operating in our country. Every year, along with our partners from Oxford we select the winners based on the following criteria. First and foremost, the award honors notable achievements in business. We choose the companies successfully operating in Russia that gained a leadership position in their areas of business. Second, they are companies that have had a significant impact on the community in Russia, not only in charity activities, but serving as an example of a normal sophisticated social life. They are companies with a high level of corporate management, and have an excellent track record in their commitment to operating in Russia for the long term. We base our decisions on these criteria.»
Hamzat Hamidovich Hasbulatov, the President of McDonalds in Russia and Eastern Europe, said, «It is a great honor for us to receive this award. The award is an acknowledgment of the attempts of the entire McDonalds team and its partners, without whom our success would not be possible. We have been operating in the Russian market for 20 years and are proud to be a part of modern Russia. We look to the future with optimism.»