Ralph Yirikian serves as the Chief Executive Officer of “Ucom” CJSC, a member of Galaxy Group of Companies.
Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Mr. Yirikian pursued his education at the prestigious American University of Beirut, earning two Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Business Administration. Mr. Yirikian has an extensive background in the telecommunications industry dating back to 1999.
In 2002, he was appointed as the General Director of “Karabakh Telecom” CJSC in Artsakh, and from 2004 to 2022, he successfully led “Viva-MTS” (“MTS Armenia” CJSC), contributing significantly to the growth and development of the telecommunications sector in Armenia. Mr. Yirikian’s expertise has also been sought after as a guest lecturer at academic, IT and business forums, as well as international conferences.
Mr. Yirikian’s remarkable contributions have been recognized through numerous awards and honors. He is an honorary citizen of Yerevan and various cities in Armenia. He has been bestowed with prestigious accolades, including the “Order of Honor”, the “Movses Khorenatsi” medal, the 2nd degree “For Services to the Motherland” Order from the President of the Republic of Armenia; the “Mesrop Mashtots” Order and the “Anania Shirakatsi” medal from the President of the Republic of Artsakh; and the “Grigor Lusavorich” Order of Honor from the Catholicos of All Armenians. Mr. Yirikian has also been awarded honorary doctorates and professorships from renowned higher educational and scientific institutions worldwide.
In addition to his professional achievements, Mr. Yirikian is married and has two children, a son and a daughter.