Board of Directors

M. İlker Aycı


Chairman of the Board and the Executive Comittee

Mr. Aycı was born in İstanbul in 1971. After graduating from Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University, he served as a researcher in the Department of Political Sciences at Leeds University, and then in 1997 he received his master’s degree in International Relations (English) at Marmara University. 

Starting his career in 1994, he was assigned several positions in Kurtsan İlaçlar A.Ş., İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Universal Dış Ticaret A.Ş., respectively, and then he served as a general manager in Başak Sigorta A.Ş. between 2005-2006, in Güneş Sigorta A.Ş. between 2006 and 2011. In January 2011 he began to serve as the Chairman of The Republic of Turkey Investment Support and Promotion Agency. In February 2013 he was appointed as the Vice President of World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) and later on in January 2014, the Chairman of WAIPA.

Mr. Aycı also serves several positions such as the Board Member and Chairman of Insurance Association of Turkey, Foreign Economic Relations Board - Turkey China Business Council, Vakıf Emeklilik A.Ş. and VakıfBank Güneş Sigorta Sports Club (Champion of 2008 Europe Challange Cup). He is married with one child.

E-mail: iayci@thy.com

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil


General Manager, Vice Chairman of the Board and the Executive Comittee

 

Mr. Kotil was born in Rize in 1959. In 1983, he graduated from the Aeronautical Engineering Department at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). In 1986, he received his first Master’s degree in the United States from the Aircraft Engineering Department of Michigan University in Ann Arbor, followed in 1987 by his second Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering in 1991 at the same university. From 1991-93 Kotil established and managed the Aviation and Advanced Composite Laboratories of ITU’s Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he also served as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor. 

From 1993-94 he served as Department Faculty Vice President and as Faculty Assistant Dean. Mr. Kotil also served as Head of the Research, Planning and Coordination Department of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Then he served as a guest professor at Illinois University, and then as Department Head at the Research and Engineering Department of AIT Inc. New York. In 2003 he began his career with Turkish Airlines as Vice President of the Technical Department. In 2005 Mr. Kotil was appointed as General Manager. And in 2006, he was elected as a member of the IATA Board of Directors. In 2010, he was appointed as a Board Member of the Association of European Airlines and as Vice President between 2012 and 2013 and as the Chairman in 2014. Mr. Kotil, married with four children, has authored many articles and publications. 

E-mail: tkotil@thy.com

İsmail Gerçek


Member of the Board and the Executive Comittee

Born in Çan, Çanakkale in 1963, Mr. Gerçek graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Public Administration department in 1985. He studied economics and received his MA studies in money & banking in USA between 1992 and 1994. He still continues his Doctorate thesis studies in Istanbul University in Financial Law. His career began in the position of assistant inspector at the Ministry of Finance Review Committee in 1985. Until 1998 he worked as a finance inspector and finance inspector general. From 1995-1997 Mr. Gerçek was deputy assistant District Treasurer in Istanbul. He also served as a member of the Audit Committee in TEKEL and Joint Funds Bank Inc. Pursuing his career as a chartered accountant and Independent Auditor, Mr. Gerçek is a member of the Audit Committee of Participation Banks Association of Turkey and Turkish Football Federation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Foundation University.  

E-mail igercek@thy.com

Prof. Dr. Mecit Eş


Member of the Board 

Prof. Dr. Mecit Eş, born in 1953 in Samsun; received his degree from the Istanbul University School of Economics in 1974. Having held several offices, he commenced his academic projects and received his Doctorate in 1985. He became Associate Professor in 1990 and Professor in 1996. And having then worked at Dumlupınar University from 1992 and 2012, Mr. Eş continues his academic studies as a Professor of the Academy of Commercial Sciences at Istanbul Commerce University. He has published many books and articles, and is married with three children.

E-mail: mes@thy.com

Mehmet Büyükekşi


Member of the Board

Born in Gaziantep in 1961, Mr. Büyükekşi graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Yıldız Technical University in 1984. He attended Business Administration courses at the Marmara University and Business Administration and English courses in the UK in 1988. In addition to being a Board Member of Turkish Airlines, Mr. Büyükekşi is the President of the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TİM), member of the Board of Directors of Türk Eximbank, Vice President and Member of the Executive Committee of Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK), a member of the Executive Council of B20, council member of Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO), a member of the Board of Directors of Istanbul Development Agency. He was the president of the Turkish Association of Footwear Manufacturers for six years, Chairman of the Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters’ Association (İDMİB) from 2000 to 2006, as well as the Founding Chairman of the Turkish Footwear Industry Research Development and Education Foundation (TASEV)  from 1997-2006. Previously, Mr. Büyükekşi has been the Deputy Chairman of Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TİM), board member at the Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO), Turkish Leather Foundation (TÜRDEV, Organized Industrial Zones and Technology Development Regions (TOBBİS), International Commerce Center Inc. (TOBTIM), and Turkish DO&CO. He is married and has three children.

E-mail: mbuyukeksi@thy.com

Muzaffer Akpınar


Independent Member of the Board

Born in 1962, Mr. Akpınar graduated from Saint-Michel French High School and the Bosphorus University Department of Management Science. His professional career commenced in 1986 when he became the founder shareholder of Penta Textile. In 1993 he was appointed CEO of KVK Mobil Telefon Hizmetleri A.Ş.. Subsequently, Mr. Akpınar served as the CEO of MV Holding A.Ş. and played an active role in the creation of Fintur Holding BV. Between the years of 2002 and 2006, Mr. Akpınar served as the CEO of Turkcell. He remains an entrepreneur and investor in the fields of renewable energy, technology, chemicals and construction. Mr. Akpınar is married and has two children.

E-mail: muzafferakpinar@thy.com

Arzu AKALIN

Independent Member of the Board

Ms. Arzu Akalın was born in Germany in 1973. Completing part of her education in Germany, she was graduated from İstanbul Vefa Poyraz High School and İstanbul University Faculty of Law. She was graduated from İstanbul University Faculty of Law, ranking first in class, during the period 1991-1995. She was specialized  in patent rights in commercial law.

Ms. Akalın commenced her professional business life in 1997. After working in the field of brand and patent law in a private company for 11 years, she set up her own law office in 2010. She is a trademark/patent attorney and also has native fluency in German. Currently, she continues her studies in order to have a PhD degree in law in Germany.

E-mail: arzu.akalin@thy.com

Ogün Şanlıer

 

Independent Member of the Board

 

Born in İzmit in 1974, Ogün Şanlıer graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Public Administration in French in 1999. He served as an Export Specialist in Anadolu Isuzu Otomotiv San. Tic. A.Ş. between 1999-2001, Regional Export Manager in Feniş Dış Ticaret A.Ş. between 2002-2007, Commercial Manager and Chief Officer in İBB Department of Subsidiaries Halk Ekmek A.Ş. between 2007-2013. Right after, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of İstanbul Medya Akademisi A.Ş. Mr. Şanlıer can speak English, German and French and is married with two children.

E-mail: osanlier@thy.com

İsmail Cenk Dilberoğlu


Independent Member of the Board

 

Born in İstanbul in 1975, İsmail Cenk Dilberoğlu graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Law. From 1999 to 2003 he worked as a lawyer in his own office which is located in İstanbul, Cağaloğlu. Since 2003, he has been giving legal consultancy to companies in the field of commercial law, company law, tax law, execution and bankruptcy law, within a partnership structure called “Kollektif Hukuk Bürosu”. In 1999, he was appointed as a member of the Board of Trustee of Ensar Vakfı and acted as the Vice Chairman until 2011 and since then he has been serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustee of Ensar Vakfı. Mr. Dilberoğlu is married with two children.

 


E-mail: idilberoglu@thy.com