Andrey Kostin Means Business
Andrey L. Kostin is the Dean of the St. Petersburg University GSOM. He fits this role around an already very busy business life. For most business school deans the role is full time but GSOM rather than engage a full time dean elected Dr Kostin. This was an interesting decision given that Dr. Kostin already has a demanding job as the chairman and president of VTB Bank. The advantages of electing a well-respected and active business leader to lead the school has bought with it several key advantages. There can be no doubt over Dr. Kostin’s leadership experience having been instrumental in leading VTB over the past decade through both major acquisitions and organic growth turning VTB into one of Russia’s leading universal banks. Part of the business schools mission has been to help turn Russia into a market economy and the contacts and knowledge that Dr. Kostin has built up helping turn VTB into an internationally respected bank are sure to help drive the business school towards the goal of being seen as one of the global centres of excellence for business education.