WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mary Kay, one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics in the world with a global independent sales force exceeding two million, has been approved for membership in the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), the USUBC executive committee announced today on behalf of the entire USUBC membership of over 130 companies and organizations who have business operations, investments or other development programs in Ukraine.

The Mary Kay Ukraine independent sales force today includes approximately one-hundred sixty thousand people. Mary Kay opened in Ukraine in 1997 and will celebrate 13 years of successful work on Ukrainian market in November, 2010.

In 2009, Mary Kay Inc. and its international subsidiaries achieved $2.5 billion (USD) in wholesale sales worldwide. Mary Kay® products are sold in more than 35 markets worldwide. The global headquarters is located in Dallas, Texas, USA. The Mary Kay product line includes more than 200 premium products in five categories: facial skin care, color cosmetics, body care, sun protection and fragrance.

Mary Kay Ash founded her company on the Golden Rule in 1963 and emphasized the importance of giving back to others. Mary Kay’s employees and independent sales force members worldwide continue to fulfill Mary Kay Ash’s mission of enriching women’s lives.

Mary Kay® products are available for sale and distribution in the following European countries: Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Mary Kay Germany was the first country to open in the European region in 1986, and Mary Kay Moldova is the most recent opening in 2005. The largest market in the European region is Mary Kay Russia.

In 2001 the Mary Kay “Car Program” began in Ukraine. Today the car park of Mary Kay Ukraine includes 466 automobiles, among them 31 pink Mercedes. Regional subsidiaries of Mary Kay Ukraine are in five of the largest Ukrainian cities, Lvov, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov and Odessa. The main office is in the capital of Ukraine - Kyiv. Mary Kay Ukraine is a member of Ukrainian Association of Direct Sales established in 2001.

In 2002 the Charitable Program of Mary Kay Ukraine was established. Through this program, the efforts of the independent sales force and Mary Kay Ukraine corporate social responsibility initiatives, women survived from breast cancer have being helped and supported (information support, free mammography, rehabilitation programs etc.)

In 2009, in recognition of this charitable contribution, Mary Kay Ukraine received the “Charity Company of 2009” award among Ukrainian business enterprises. The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) has assisted Mary Kay with their fund raising activities.

In 2004 Mary Kay Ukraine took 1st place in the “TOP 100 of the Best Ukrainian Companies” in the household chemical goods and fragrance category. In the same year the company became the “Golden Trade Mark” contest laureate in the “Cosmetic Company of Unique Opportunities” nomination. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 Mary Kay was the “Best Ukrainian Employer” winner among others international companies.

In 2008 Mary Kay Ukraine took part in the global research program “Best Employer of Central and Eastern Europe”. The research was conducted by Hewitt Associates Company with the support "The Wall Street Journal Europe". Mary Kay Ukraine was in 14th place among 700 companies!

USUBC has been working with Kerry Tassopoulos, Vice President, Government Relations and Compliance, who works out of the Mary Kay world headquarters in Dallas. Kerry has attended some USUBC meetings. Kerry will represent Mary Kay on the USUBC board of directors. In Ukraine USUBC has worked with Olesya Andreyeva, General Manager, Mary Kay Ukraine.

"USUBC is very pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with Mary Kay and their subsidiary Mary Kay Ukraine. Mary Kay Ukraine is a dominate business in Ukraine that is making a real difference. The 160,000 persons in their independent sales force are learning about running a small business and earning additional income for their family," said Morgan Williams, Director, Government Affairs, Washington Office, for the SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Investment Management Group, who serves as President of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council.

INFORMATION: To learn more about Mary Kay, log on to www.marykay.ua or go to www.marykay.com.

USUBC membership in December 2004 was eight, in January 2007 it was twenty-two. In September 2010 membership is over one-hundred thirty-five and is expected to reach 150 by the end of the year. The complete list of USUBC members can be found at: http://www.usubc.org/members.php.