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Sberbank Earns Multiple Honors in Global Finance Awards


One contest. Four awards. Not a bad day at the office for Sberbank.

The Russia-based bank picked up top honors in four categories of the Global Finance awards for Central and Eastern Europe. Sberbank won Best in Mobile Banking, Best Bill Payment & Presentment, and Best SMS/Text Banking. “By participating in the Global Finance awards we are able to see and evaluate the position of our digital products on the international market,” Svyatoslav Ostrovsky, Head of Bank XXI Department at Sberbank, said. “Sberbank has represented Russia as a leader in mobile banking, information security, and online payments.”


Pictured: Svyatoslav Ostrovsky demonstrating Sberbank Messenger at FinovateSpring 2016 in San Jose, California.

The Global Finance International Consumer Digital bank Awards are an annual event for banks in the CEE region, with selection categories changing annually. In addition to a focus on mobile technologies this year, judging criteria for the awards was particularly customer-oriented, with strategies for customer acquisition and services, as well as the potential of the technology to grow the client base being key. In this, Sberbank’s recent performance has been noteworthy, tripling the number of active users of its mobile apps over the last year, and adding anti-virus technology to the Android version of its app. Sberbank also announced this week that it was offering free accident insurance to Pokemon Go players.

Headquartered in Moscow, Russia, and founded in 1841, Sberbank is one of the largest banks in its home country, serving more than 110 million clients (approximately 70% of the Russian population) via 17,000 branches. The bank also has more than one million corporate clients in 22 countries, and international operations in countries including the U.K., the U.S., Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey. The company demonstrated its Sberbank Messenger solution at FinovateSpring 2016.