BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Doğuş Group is under professional management with emphasis and priority on corporate governance principles. The Group maintains equal distance to all shareholders and adheres to ethical standards in all areas of operation.
Ferit F. ŞAHENK – Chairman

Ferit F. Şahenk is the Chairman of Doğuş Group and also the Chairman of Garanti Bank. Formerly, he served as the founder and Vice President of Garanti Securities, CEO of Doğuş Holding and Chairman of Doğuş Otomotiv. Mr. Şahenk is aBoard Member of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) of Turkey. Previously, he served as the Chairman of the Turkish-German Business Council; the Chairman of the Turkish-American Business Council; Vice Chairman of Turkish-United Arab Emirates Business Council and Executive Board Member of Turkish-Greek Business Councilof DEİK. Mr. Şahenk is an active member of the World Economic Forum and the Alliance of Civilizations Initiative. He serves on the Regional Executive Board of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management for Europe, Middle East, South Asia and Africa and Advisory Board of the Middle East Centre of London School of Economics. Mr. Şahenk holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Human Resources from Boston College.

Süleyman SÖZEN - Vice Chairman, Board of Directors

A graduate of Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Süleyman Sözen worked in the Ministry of Finance and the Undersecretariat of the Treasury as a Chief Auditor. Since 1981, he has worked in the private sector in various posts especially in financial institutions. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr Sözen has worked at Doğuş Holding since 1997 and presently serves as the Vice-Chairman of Garanti Bankası. He also sits on the boards of other Doğuş Group companies as Chairman or Vice-Chairman.

Hüsnü AKHAN - CEO of Doğuş Group

Hüsnü Akhan was born in Birecik/Şanlıurfa on the 23rd of January, 1953. He completed his primary and secondary education at Birecik High School. Hüsnü Akhan is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Department of Business Administration and earned his Master’s degree in Economics from University of Miami (USA). Akhan served at various positions of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. He served as Representative at London Office and Assistant General Manager at the Foreign Relations Department of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. He joined Doğuş Group in 1994. After serving as the Executive VP responsible for Treasury, Operations and Foreign Relations at Garanti Bank, he was assigned as the General Manager of Körfezbank in 1998. Akhan was a board member of Doğuş Holding and CFO during 2001-2005. Since January 2006, he has been a board member of Doğuş Holding and the CEO. Additionally, he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for Dogus Real Estate, Related Digital Marketing, Dogus Photography, Dogus Sports, Fashion and Media Services, Dogus Healthy Life, Korfez Aviation, Doğuş Planet Electronics & Informatics Services and as a board member for TUVTURK, Dogus Construction.

Aclan ACAR – Member

Aclan Acar started his career in 1974. After working for the state-owned Halkbank for three years, he joined the Central Bank of Turkey in 1978 where he served in different departments until 1990. During this period Mr. Acar undertook several managerial responsibilities including establishing trading room, managing open market account for domestic operations, reorganizing and managing foreign exchange transactions division of money markets and treasury department of the Central Bank. Mr. Acar has been continuing his career within the Doğuş Group, one of the leading conglomerates of Turkey, since September 1990. First, he started at Garanti Bank, one of the leading private banks in the country, as the Executive Vice President in charge of Treasury and Financial Institutions. At this position, he also undertook administration of international branches and representative offices of Garanti Bank. Between 1994-1996 period, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank Ekspres, then owned by the Group. Following acquisition of Ottoman Bank, the oldest and one of the most respected banks of the country, by the Doğuş Group in June 1996, Mr. Acar was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. Since April 2000 he serves as a Member of Board and the Executive Committee of Doğuş Group. Between the years 2001-2005 he served as the Chairman of Tansaş and in the meantime as the Chairman of Garanti Insurance and Garanti Pension Company. As of January 2006 he was appointed as the Chairman of Doğuş Otomotiv.
Mr. Acar took his undergraduate degree from the Academy of Economics and Commercial Sciences in Ankara. Later on, he received his MS degree in Banking and Insurance from the same university. Between the years of 1985-1986, he attained his MA degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

ŞEHMUZ AHMET SEDİD KURUTLUOĞLU – Member

Ahmet Kurutluoğlu obtained his undergraduate degree from Faculty of Law, his MBA degree from the Business Administration Faculty, and his Master’s degree in Labour Legislation from the Faculty of Law, İstanbul University. He joined Doğuş Group in 1981 and has been in charge for the legal affairs as a Legal Counsel for Doğuş Holding and Doğuş Construction. Mr. Kurutluoğlu is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Doğuş Holding and in charge for the legal affairs as the Chief Legal Counsel of the Group.

Ergun ÖZEN – Member

Ergun Ozen is the Board Member of Garanti Bank since September 2015.

Ozen leaded one of the largest financial institutions in Turkey as the President and CEO for 15 years. His Bank provides financial services and solutions to more than 14 million customers and businesses through an extensive distribution network reaching over 983 branches and 4,500 ATMs, an award-winning Call Center; internet, mobile and social banking platforms, all built on cutting-edge technological infrastructure.

Ozen started his banking career at Treasury Department of Turkiye Is Bankası in 1987. He joined Garanti Bank in 1992 as a Vice President at Treasury Department, then appointed as a Senior Vice President in 1993 before being named Treasury and Investment Banking Executive in 1995. Ozen was appaointed as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Garanti Bank in April 2000.

Ozen is also helding the positions below;

Chairman of Garanti Bank SA (Romania),

Board Member of Dogus Holding A.Ş., Garanti Securities, GarantiBank Moscow,Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts(IKSV), Turkish Education Association,The Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD).

Ozen was born in 1960 in Ankara, Turkey. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economy from New York State University (1985), and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School (1997).

Erman YERDELEN – Member

Erman Yerdelen was born in İstanbul and graduated from high school also in İstanbul. He has visited Münster University, Germany, where he attended the School of Business Administration. In 1966, he graduated from the Finance and Business Administration Faculty of İstanbul School of Economy and Commerce. He received his Master’s degree in 1996 from Marmara University, İstanbul. After various managerial posts in the private sector, in 1992, Mr. Yerdelen became the Chairman of the Board of Turkish Airlines. He participated in the founding of NTV News Channel in 1996 and has been acting as its Chairman of the Board since then. He is also a member of Doğuş Holding Board of Directors representing Doğuş Media Group. Mr. Yerdelen speaks both English and German.

Gönül TALU – Member

Gönül Talu is a graduate of İstanbul Technical University with a Master of Sciences degree in civil engineering. He joined Doğuş Group in 1969 and has held various managerial positions in Doğuş Construction. Since 1991, he serves as the CEO and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Doğuş Construction. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Doğuş Holding.

PROF. DR. Muhsin MENGÜTÜRK – Member

Prof. Dr. Muhsin Mengütürk is a member of the Board of Directors of Doğuş Holding. He served as the Chairman of the Capital Markets Board of Turkey from 1997 to 2000 and he has held numerous executive roles in the finance sector. Prior to 1990, he taught at Bosphorus University and İstanbul Technical University (İTÜ). Prof. Mengütürk is a graduate of American Robert College in İstanbul where he completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received his MS and PhD at Duke University, again in Mechanical Engineering.

E.Naci BAŞERDEM - Member

Born in Aksaray,1957. Graduated in 1981 from Boğaziçi University, Administrative Sciences Faculty. Worked at different management levels in both bank and private sector companies and participated to Dogus Group in 1998. He contributed effectively during the re-structuring projects of Dogus Media, Retail and Construction Groups. He worked on privatization process of “Vehicle Inspection Services in Turkey” and after the privatization, he was appointed as the founder CEO of the joint venture company between German Tüv Süd, English Bridge Point and Dogus.

Naci Başerdem, is the chairman of Tourism and Retail Groups, and he is in the Doğuş Board of Management since 2014.

DR. Sadi GÖĞDÜN – Member

Sadi Göğdün graduated from İstanbul High School of Economics and Commercial Sciences and obtained his doctor’s degree in economics and commercial sciences in 1971. He joined Doğuş Group in 1976 and has worked as a member of the Board in various companies of the Group. Furthermore, he served as a member of the Board of Garanti Bank. Currently, Dr. Göğdün serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Doğuş Holding and Doğuş Construction and Trade Company.

Şadan GÜRTAŞ – Member

Şadan Gürtaş is a graduate of Anadolu University, Faculty of Economic and Commercial Sciences. He has joined Doğuş Group in 1968 and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Doğuş Holding.

Yücel ÇELİK – Member

Yücel Çelik is a graduate of Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences. He had served in the finance sector prior to joining Doğuş Group in 1974 with Garanti Bank. Between 1983-2006, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Garanti Bank and its subsidiaries. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Doğuş Holding.

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