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Denys Shmyhal

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Denys Shmyhal
Денис Шмигаль
Денис Шмыгаль (портрет) 2.jpg
Shmyhal in 2020
18th Prime Minister of Ukraine
Assumed office
4 March 2020
PresidentVolodymyr Zelenskyy
DeputyOleksiy Lyubchenko
Yulia Svyrydenko
Preceded byOleksiy Honcharuk
Minister for Communities and Territories Development
In office
4 February 2020 – 4 March 2020[1]
Prime MinisterOleksiy Honcharuk
Preceded byAliona Babak
Succeeded byOleksiy Chernyshov
Governor of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
In office
1 August 2019 – 5 February 2020[2]
PresidentVolodymyr Zelensky
Prime MinisterVolodymyr Groysman
Oleksiy Honcharuk
Preceded byOleh Honcharuk
Succeeded byVitaliy Fedoriv (Acting)[3]
Personal details
Denys Anatoliyovych Shmyhal

(1975-10-15) 15 October 1975 (age 46)
Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Lviv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Kateryna Shmyhal
EducationLviv Polytechnic

Denys Anatoliyovych Shmyhal (Ukrainian: Денис Анатолійович Шмигаль; born 15 October 1975)[4] is a Ukrainian politician and entrepreneur who has been serving as the prime minister of Ukraine since 2020.[5] Prior to his appointment as prime minister, Shmyhal was the governor of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast.[6]

As prime minister, Shmyhal has been in charge of handling the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ukraine.[7]


In 1997, he graduated from the Lviv Polytechnic. He holds the title of Candidate of Economic Sciences (2003).[8] From his graduation in 1997 until September 2005, Shmyhal worked as an accountant in various companies.[9] From September 2005 to June 2006, Shmyhal was Deputy General Director of a company called "LA DIS".[9] From June 2006 to August 2008, he was Director for the investment company "Comfort-Invest".[9] From September 2008 to September 2009, Shmyhal was General Director of a company called "ROSANINVEST LLC".[9]

Shmyhal worked in multiple leading political roles in Ukraine's Lviv Oblast from 2009 until December 2013.[9] Firstly, as the Head of the Department of Economics at the Lviv Oblast Administration between 2009 and 2011.[4][9] It is there were he met and worked with Oleh Nemchinov who would, in 2020, become Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers in the Shmyhal Government.[10] Shmyhal then became the Head of the Department of Economics and Industrial Policy for the whole of 2012.[9] In 2013, he was Head of the Department of Economic Development, Investment, Trade and Industry.[9]

For the first four months of 2014, Shmyhal was a consultant to a People's Deputy of Ukraine.[9]

From May 2014 to December 2014, Shmyhal worked as Deputy Head of the Lviv Oblast regional office of the Ministry of Revenues and Duties.[9][5]

He served as Vice President of Lviv-based frozen goods distributor TVK Lvivkholod from 2015 to 2017.[5]

From 2018 to 2019, Shmyhal served as Director of the Burshtyn TES which is the largest electricity producer in Ivano-Frankivsk, and is part of Rinat Akhmetov's holdings.[11][12][13]

From 1 August 2019 until his ministerial appointment, Shmyhal was the Governor of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast.[6]

On 4 February 2020, he was appointed Minister of Regional Development.[14]

Shmyhal replaced Oleksiy Honcharuk as the prime minister of Ukraine in March 2020.[15]

Personal life

Shmyhal is married to Kateryna Shmyhal. They have two daughters.[9] Kateryna is a former co-owner of the Lviv “Kamyanetsky Bakery” and a local NextBike bike rental. She sold her shares in these companies in 2019.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "Новий Кабмін Шмигаля – став відомим склад уряду - Кабінет Міністрів України - Верховна Рада | РБК-Україна". Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  2. ^ "Decree of the President of Ukraine № 38/2020". Office of the President of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  3. ^ (in Ukrainian) Zelensky has appointed a new head of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration, Ukrayinska Pravda (10 February 2020)
  4. ^ a b "Голова обласної державної адміністрації". (30 October 2019 archived page via Wayback Machine) (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2019-10-30. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Шмигаль Денис Анатолійович". (in Ukrainian). Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Decree of the President of Ukraine № 574/2019". Office of the President of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  7. ^ "Denys Schmygal zum neuen Premierminister ernannt". (in German). Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  8. ^ "Шмигаль Денис Анатолійович". (in Ukrainian). Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l (in Russian)/(website has automatic Google Translate option) Small biography of Denys Shmyhal, LIGA
  10. ^ "Shmyhal and "his" team. How Zelensky's second government works". Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  11. ^ Хто такий Денис Шмигаль, який може замінити Гончарука [Who is Denis Shmigal who can replace Goncharuk]. BBC. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Zelensky decided on the heads of Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration". July 6, 2019. Archived from the original on July 8, 2019. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  13. ^ Боднар, Наталя (Bodnar, Natalia) (5 March 2020). Денис Шмигаль очолив Кабінет міністрів: що про нього відомо [Denis Schmigal heads the Cabinet: what is known about him]. 24 Kanal (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  14. ^ Ukraine's parliament appoints Shmyhal as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Community Development, UNIAN (4 February 2020)
  15. ^ "Zelensky shakes up Ukraine government and proposes new prime minister". Financial Times. Retrieved 2020-03-04.(Subscription required.)

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