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Danish CEOs Commit to Attend Economic Forum

Published: May 10, 2014 (Issue # 1809)



  • The St Petersburg Economic Forum has fallen victim to Russia's annexation of Crimea last month.
    Photo: SPIEF

Chief executives from 2 Danish multinationals will attend Russia's upcoming St Petersburg International Economic Forum, bucking a trend set by U.S. companies that have been pulling their CEOs from the forum's guest list under pressure from the Obama administration.

Jorgen Rasmussen, CEO of Danish brewer Carlsberg, and Keld Johannes, head of food producer Danish Crown, will be among those international business leaders at the forum, Russia's equivalent of Switzerland's Davos economic forum.

"We do not engage in politics, so Jorgen Rasmussen will participate in the conference, as [he did] in previous years," a Carlsberg spokesman said, Itar-Tass reported Thursday.

The chief of Danish shipping giant Maersk, Niels Smedegora, will however not appear in St Petersburg. Smedegora's absence is due to a scheduling conflict, a representative of the company told Danish news agency Ritzaus Bureau.

The St Petersburg forum has fallen victim to the West's reaction to Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine last month. The U.S. presidential administration has called for a boycott of the event, and lobbied U.S. companies to skip it. Many have — top executives from such companies as Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and ConocoPhillips have pulled out of the conference, the New York Times reported last week. Companies based in Europe, which has far deeper trade ties with Russia than the U.S., have been more reluctant pull out.

Russia's deputy economic development minister Sergei Belyakov said this week that the failure of U.S. companies to attend this years forum will not hurt the event.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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