Dmitry Borisovich Zimin was
born on April 28, 1933 in Moscow. His father, Boris Nikolaevich
Zimin, a research associate at Bauman State Technical University,
was persecuted for political reasons and was sent to a Soviet penal
labour camp in 1935. His mother worked as a typist. Predecessors of
Dmitry Zimin are famous for making a project of and building the
Moscow water supply system, as well as founding the silk-weaving
industry in the Moscow suburbs – Drezna and Orekhovo-Zuevo; at the
beginning of XX century, one of them (Sergei Zimin) established a
private opera theater.
In 1957, Dmitry Zimin
graduated from Radio Electronics for Flying Vehicles School at
Moscow Aviation Institute, in 1963 – he got a PhD, while in 1984 –
he got ScD degree.
Dmitry Zimin is an academic at
International Telecommunications Academy, a corresponding member of
Russian Academy of Engineering Sciences and a member of the
presidium of the Russian Academy of Business. He is an author of
over 100 scientific studies and inventions, a winner of the Popov
Award given by the USSR Science Academy (1965) and State Award of
the Russian Federation (1993).
Mr Zimin has occupied
managerial positions in A.L. Mints Institute of Radio Engineering
(RTI) for more than 35 years: he was employed as head of the
laboratory, head of scientific department, director of the centre
for developing radio engineering equipment and deputy chief
constructor of the major ground based radar included in the missile
At the beginning of 1990s,
Dmitry Zimin with a group of RTI engineers established a small
enterprise “KB Impuls”, which made projects and manufactured radio
equipment for civil purposes.
In 1992, he initiated founding
the mobile telecommunications company ZAO VimpelCom (Beeline mobile
communications). Headed by Mr Zimin, VimpelCom made a significant
contribution into shaping the mobile communications market in
Russia. The company became one of the market leaders over several
In 1996, VimpelCom,
transformed into an open joint-stock company by the time, became
the first company in the new Russian history, which was listed on
the New York Stock Exchange.
Foreign investors recognized
VimpelCom as the first Russian company that fully corresponded to
all the international requirements for business transparency,
corporate management and investor rights
Director General and President
at VimpelCom, Dmitry Zimin was a member of the board at Russian
Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) for many years. In
2001, he received the National Award “Business Olympus” in the
nomination “Business Reputation”.
In May 2001, Dmitry Zimin
resigned from the position of director general. Following a
decision by the Board of Directors of the company, he was given a
title of “Honorary President and Founder of VimpelCom
Right after the resignation,
Dmitry Zimin established the non-profit Dynasty Foundation to
support Russian fundamental science and education and popularize
In 2007, a book “Dmitry Zimin. From 2 to 72, or Picture Book” by
Dmitry Zimin came out.