About us

Team Drive was founded in 2011 as the brainchild of two of Russia’s most successful and prominent business leaders, Leonid Melamed (ex-CEO of Sistema JSFC*, Russia’s largest publically traded holding, and previously CEO of Rosno, Russia’s largest insurer and MTS, Russia’s largest telecommunications operator) and Vladimir Gurdus (ex-CEO of Medsi, Russia’s largest private healthcare provider).

Having spent two decades successfully conceiving, building, operating and exiting  multi-billion-dollar brands and businesses in Russia and the CIS, Leonid and Vladimir came to the conclusion that not only could Russian assets and businesses be created that were highly competitive in Russia, but highly competitive at global scale, with concomitant returns to equity. In other words, that Russian assets, capital, talent, ideas, companies and brands represent a vast and largely untapped reservoir of investor and customer value potential, both in a Russian market context as well as in a global market context. Team Drive was created specifically to unlock this untapped value potential.

We offer an end-to-end asset management and value augmentation service in Russia with a focus on distressed or underperforming assets going all the way from initial control, creditor/investor alignment, goals/objectives definition, detailed brand and market differentiation strategy to business planning, operational execution and optimal exit, operating to global best practices. 

*Sistema JSFC is the largest publicly-traded diversified holding company in Russia and the CIS. Incorporated in 1993, Sistema is now one of Russia's top ten companies by revenues and is one of the largest investment companies in the world. The group owns a diverse set of public and private companies, which it holds in two distinct portfolios.

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  • 20 March 2018

    Russia establishes its National Quality Infrastructure Council

    On March 14, Denis Manturov, the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade, chaired a meeting of the State Commission on Counteraction to Illegal Circulation of Industrial Products. The Minister said that, ensuring the “market purity” would require, in addition to providing more preferences for entrepreneurs operating strictly within the legal field, to guarantee to potential consumers that they purchase genuine rather than counterfeit and falsified products.

  • 20 March 2018

    Researchers in aging tie genes to brain degeneration

    As brain cells age, they lose their ability to perform basic functions, often leading to dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders. But what’s behind this decline, and can it be stopped? Two new studies out this week uncover links between genes and brain-cell functioning that could provide new targets for therapies aimed at neurodegenerative diseases.

  • 19 March 2018

    China established a new drug regulator

    After about five years as a standalone agency, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) will merge into a gigantic national market supervision administration, with drug regulation as a new, second-tier bureau underneath.

  • 19 March 2018

    Project of EAEU unified goods traceability system was presented to the public

    The unified goods traceability system in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will provide consumers with access to reliable information about products, allow businesses to reduce their transaction costs, let member states to monitor the payment of taxes, minimize smuggling, and protect consumers.

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