Serhiy Nikiforov became the new press secretary of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He took the office after the resignation of Yulia Mendel. Zelensky signed the relevant decree #283 on July 9.
We will tell more about Serhiy Nikiforov and where he worked before.
From December 2019, Serhiy Nykyforov worked as a news presenter on Ukraine 24 TV channel which belongs to Rinat Akhmetov. Previously he was a host in the morning show ‘Morning of Champions’ with Tala Kalatay.
Before that, Nikiforov for a long time he worked at Euronews, in particular at its headquarters in Lyon. In the interview published in December 2020, Nikiforov told that during his work at Euronews, he communicated a lot with the representatives of different countries and his understanding of context helped him better understand local news.
In 2007-2011, Nikiforov was a correspondent for the UA:First TV channel. Prior to that, he worked as a correspondent on Kryvyi Rih’s Rudana TV channel, Channel 24 and K1.
He graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University.
Nikiforov is 35 years old. Judging by the host's Instagram page, he has two children.
The media also report that this he was not the only candidate for this position considered by Bankova. When the vacancy became vacant, the candidacy of Vasyl Holovanov, who also works for the Ukraine 24 TV channel, was discussed.
His predecessor, Yulia Mendel, has been the president's press secretary since June 2019. She won the competition, in which about 4,000 people took part.
On April 30, 2020, it became known that Mendel had written a letter of resignation. As for the reasons, Mendel has many complaints about working conditions, and head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak allegedly negatively assessed the results of her work. Some sources say that Mendel will remain in the OP, but in another office - an Adviser on International Communications. Read here about Mendel’s work as a spokesman.