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Maelle Gavet      

COO at Compass

As CEO of Russia's largest e-commerce company, OZON Holdings, French-born Maelle Gavet is often called that country’s version of Jeff Bezos. Although it is often referred to as the of Russia, OZON, which sells books, electronics, apparel, and all manner of household goods, is overcoming hurtles never even encountered. Since the only nationwide delivery network is the painfully slow Russian Post—which is also plagued by high cash on delivery fees—Gavet is building her own private shipping company, O-Courier, as part of OZON in order to give life to the country’s e-commerce industry. She's also investing heavily in, which sells airline tickets and hotel fares, and, a Russian version of Zappos recently acquired by OZON. Under Gavet’s leadership and vision, OZON’s four diversified businesses grew revenue by 84 percent in 2011 and sales topped $300 million. Gavet also helped secure one of Russia’s largest infusions of VC funding, a $100 million-round of funding in September 2011. In February 2012, Gavet established a critical corporate milestone for the company with OZON’s strategic acquisition of, Russia’s leading online shoe and accessory retailer.

For these accomplishments and others, Gavet—at only 34 years old—was recently named one of Fortune’s 2012 “40 Under 40,” one of Forbes’ 2012 “Women to Watch,” and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012.”

Prior to being named CEO, Gavet was head of’s marketing and customer relationship management departments where she developed and implemented strategies to grow OZON’s brand and rapidly expand its customer base. From 2003 to 2009, she was a principal at The Boston Consulting Group, working in India, South Africa, Poland, Ukraine, Denmark, and the UK. Gavet was also founder and managing director of a business focusing on corporate events from 2001 to 2003 and also worked at the nonprofit Preobrazhenie Foundation, which specialized in education projects for young children, as project manager from 1999 to 2001.

Maelle Gavet was educated at the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques.

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