Vyacheslav Polonski (pictured), a BSc Management student and LSE Stelios scholar, has won the Future Business Leader of the Year Award at the national TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year 2012 Awards event, which took place on Friday 13 April.
The award was sponsored by Mars and, through a series of online tests, application forms, interviews and assessment exercises, Vyacheslav emerged as the national winner, beating over 300 other entrants. His prize is a summer placement with Mars and a trip to Brazil to visit Mars' Cocoa Research Centre. He received the award from Amanda Davies, HR director of Mars Chocolate, and the Rt Hon Michael Portillo in recognition of his leadership qualities and track record of personal and professional achievements.
Vyacheslav said: ‘I am absolutely honoured and excited. This award is a great privilege. It will encourage me to broaden my horizons, to make a lasting, positive impact. I am ecstatic that I am going to Brazil and that I will be carrying out my placement with Mars. I would like to thank both Mars and TARGETjobs for this prestigious award and hope I will live up to the expectations that it will bring.’
Including Vyacheslav, LSE had six finalists in the 12 awards presented on the day, which is a great result for the School.