Andrey Vatutin has been chosen as CSKA Moscow's new president, the club announced Friday. Vatutin replaces Sergey Kushchenko as club president. Vatutin was elected by CSKA's board and also retains his position as the club's CEO - which he had previously been promoted to in 2007. Kushchenko and Vatutin had led Ural Great to back-to-back Russian League titles in 2001 and 2002 before the late Alexander Gomelskiy persuaded them to join an ambitious project to make CSKA one of the best teams in Europe. In their seven seasons working for CSKA, Kushchenko and Vatutin led the club to seven Russian League titles and as many Euroleague Final Fours. CSKA lifted the Euroleague trophy in 2006 and 2008 and reached the final in 2007 and 2009. Vatutin, who will turn 36 later this month, becomes one of the youngest top executives in the Euroleague. "With his work as the club’s CEO, Andrei Vatutin proved that he is able to solve high-level problems. He has proven his value as a modern sports manager," Sports Projects Managing Company CEO and CSKA board member Leonid Isakovich said. "CSKA has entered a new era and I am sure that the club will overcome all of its challenges with its new president."
“I would like to congratulate my friend Andrey Vatutin and wish him the best of luck. We started in CSKA together seven years ago," Kushchenko said. "My deepest gratitude goes to Alexander Gomelskiy for inviting us to join CSKA in 2002. These seven years are impossible to forget and I want to thank everyone that worked for CSKA. I am sure that Vatutin is the right person to keep CSKA where it is. I would like to wish the new CSKA and [head coach] Evgeny Pashutin great success."
“It is a big honor for me to succeed Mikhail Reznikov, Victor Petrakov, Alexander Gomelskiy and Sergey Kushchenko. They are the people who created modern CSKA," Vatutin said. "Once again I would like to wish all the best to my friend Sergey Kushchenko in his new role at the Russian Biathlon Union. CSKA will always be his home and Sergey will stay as our devoted fan.”