Presidential reception for the Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition

09 Feb 2010
Business News

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces that Sophia Pang, the Singaporean member of the Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition and Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, were received by the President of Singapore, His Excellency S.R. Nathan.

On Friday, February 5th the Banquet Hall of the Presidential residence played host to Sophia Pang and the management team of Kaspersky Lab in recognition of Sophia's accomplishment of becoming the first Singaporean woman to ski to the South Pole.

The President of Singapore, His Excellency S.R. Nathan hosted the reception, also attended by Mr Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, Mrs Lim Hwee Hwa, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance and Transport, who is also the Singapore Team Patron for the Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition. Mrs Lim spoke about the significance of Sophia's achievement and why all of Singapore was proud of her.

In addition to Eugene Kaspersky, Kaspersky Lab was also represented at the reception by Harry Cheung, Managing Director for APAC, and Gun Suk Ling, Managing Director for South East Asia. It's worth mentioning that Eugene and Harry travelled to the Antarctic to meet Sophia and her team when they arrived at the South Pole.

Commenting on the success of the expedition, Eugene Kaspersky said his company felt like it was part of the team, helping to support the women through each and every step of their trip.

"When we first heard about Sophia and her team's quest to ski to the South Pole, I knew that it was something Kaspersky Lab wanted to support. They were just months away from their start date but they had yet to secure the funding they needed to ensure the expedition could go ahead. And it was Sophia who approached Kaspersky Lab and helped secure our support – not just for her – but for the whole team," Eugene Kaspersky said.

While Sophia was honored by the Presidential reception, she took time to thank her sponsors and the people who made the expedition possible.

"We would never have made it to the South Pole without the support of Kaspersky Lab. When I first approached them, I was hoping Kaspersky Lab would support my ambition to be the first Singaporean woman to ski to the South Pole. When Kaspersky Lab agreed to sponsor the entire team, I simply jumped for joy," Ms Pang said.

At the conclusion of the reception President Nathan presented Sophia with a RISIS Plate in recognition of the honour she had brought to Singapore.