Artem's student profile reads like that of an Academician.
He attended one of the three elite Russian high schools after winning
the #2 spot at the physics olympiad, a competiton that high-achieving
Russian high school students take. After this feat, Artem attended the
Ulianovsk branch of Moscow State University and won a scholarship to
study business administration at Oklahoma City University. Artem earned
his B.S. in 1997 and returned to Russia to complete his undergraduate
degree. In 2001, he earned a Ph.D. in Finance from Moscow State University.
Now isn't that an achievement? But Artem didin't stop
there. He joined Pericles' GMAT preparation course, and when he went
in last November for the exam, he score a 700. He says his high score
was made possible thanks to Pericles, whose course "helped me a
lot to do well in the exam." unfortunately, Artem was turned down
last year by Columbia and Wharton, the two business schools he applied
to last year. THis year, he plans to re-apply and is confident the high
score of 700 and an extra year of experience will give him the edge
he needs for a successful application.
You would expect that such a high achiever like Artem
will be a bit distant... But that's only if you haven't met the man.
Artem is a pleasant and forthcoming young professional, always eager
to help or answer questions. On our request to talk a bit about his
current professional life, he revealed that his was presently a deputy
head of investment relations at Yukos, the biggest oil company in Russia.
His activities at the oil major echo his path as a student. He has been
part of the drive to modernize the comapny, a move that has led to an
appreciation of the share price from below a dollar in 1999 to more
than $10 today. The company has also led the pack in Russia in adopting
international accounting and business practices. The whole effort has
made Artem's current employer the biggest Russian company, and placed
it on the list of the biggest oil companies in the world, alongside
such giants as ChevronTexaco and ExxonMobil.
As we've already mentioned, Artem plans to re-apply
to B-school this year. His plans are to earn an MBA from a reputable
school and continue his wrilwind career. As far as Pericles' contribution
in achieving his plans, Artem knows that we are always ready to lend
a hand and provide crucial advice to our former students. That's why
he keeps coming to visit, attend events, or to simply talk at Pericles
with his old teachers.