Kiev: Son of US Vice President joins Board of Directors of Burisma Holdings Ukraine. Hunter Biden is now on Board of directors of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest private gas producer.
Hunter Biden will head legal unit and will provide support for the Company among international organizations. On his new appointment, he commented:
“Burisma’s track record of innovations and industry leadership in the field of natural gas means that it can be a strong driver of a strong economy in Ukraine. As a new member of the Board, I believe that my assistance in consulting the Company on matters of transparency, corporate governance and responsibility, international expansion and other priorities will contribute to the economy and benefit the people of Ukraine.”
Russian media is fanning this story and calling it a deal between Kiev leadership to US to please people in power in Congress. It may be mentioned that US Vice President visited Kiev on April 21-22 and commented that new leadership of Ukraine should look grave affairs and stressed the need for the new authorities to tackle corruption, adding: “The opportunity to generate a united Ukraine, getting it right is within your grasp.” The US is to provide an additional $50m for political and economic reforms in Ukraine, including $11m to help run the presidential election due on 25 May. An further $8m is being provided for non-lethal military assistance, such as bomb disposal equipment and radios. After meeting Mr Biden, interim PM Yatsenyuk accused Russia of behaving “as gangsters.
R. Hunter Biden is a counsel to Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, a national law firm based in New York, USA, which served in cases including “Bush vs. Gore”, and “U.S. vs. Microsoft”. Biden has experience in public service and foreign policy. He is a director for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, The Center for National Policy, and the Chairman’s Advisory Board for the National Democratic Institute. Having served as a Senior Vice President at MBNA bank, former U.S. President Bill Clinton appointed him an Executive Director of E-Commerce Policy Coordination under Secretary of Commerce William Daley. Mr. Biden served as Honorary Co-Chair of the 2008 Obama-Biden Inaugural Committee.