He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering, joining Koç Group in 1976 at Ford Otomotiv as Design Engineer for product development. He was appointed as Assistant General Manager in 1986, became Deputy General Manager in 2000 and General Manager of Ford Otosan in 2002. He served as the President of Automotive Group at Koç Holding between 2007 and 2009. Durak was appointed Koç Holding’s Deputy CEO in May 2009 and became CEO and Board Member in April 2010. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Automotive Manufacturers’ Association between 2004 and 2010. He served as an Istanbul Chamber of Industry’s Council Member for 2.5 years and as a Board Member for 1 year. He has been a Member of National Committee of International Chamber of Commerce since February 2014.
, Audit Group
He graduated from Ankara University in Faculty of Political Science with a B.A. in Economics in 1985 and earned his MBA degree from Koç University in 1995. He has been a member of TÜSİAD, Turmepa (Turkish Marine and Environment Protection Association) and Mulkiyeliler Union. He started his career in 1985 as an Account Specialist at the Ministry of Finance, joining Koç Holding in 1992 as Assistant Coordinator of Financial Affairs in the Audit and Finance Group. He served as Coordinator between 1969 and 2003 and has been serving as the President of Audit Group at Koç Holding since 2004. He is a member of TÜSİAD (Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association), TURMEPA (Turkish Marine and Environment Protection Association) and Alumni Association of Ankara University Faculty of Political Science.
, Food and Retailing Group
He graduated from Istanbul Technical University in Mechanical Engineering and earned a master’s degree in International Business from Istanbul University Institute of Business Administration and Economics. He started his career in 1989 at Koç Holding as a Management Trainee in the Planning Department and later became Specialist, Manager and Coordinator of the Strategic Planning Department. He was appointed Koç Holding Strategic Planning Group Acting President in January 2004 and he served as the President of Strategic Planning Group between May 2004 and April 2011. He has been serving as the President of Tourism, Food and Retailing Group at Koç Holding since April 2011. He has also been serving as a Board member of some Koç Group companies. In addition, he has been a Vice Chairman of YASED, member of TÜSİAD, member of the Board of Tourism Investors’ Organization and member of the Board of Trustees of HEV.
, President, Energy Group
He graduated from Middle East Technical University in Petroleum Engineering and started his career in 1979 at Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), as Specialist Engineer and served as Production Manager and Head of the Production and Overseas Projects Group. He joined Koç Holding in 1999 as Vice President of Energy Group. Between 2003 and 2004, he was an Executive Member of Koç Holding Board of Directors, responsible for the operations of the Energy Group. He has been serving as the President of Energy Group at Koç Holding since May 2004.
, President, Defense Industry, Other Automotive and IT Group
He graduated from Gazi University in Mechanical Engineering and joined Koç Holding in 1975 at Ford Otosan. In 1980, he became R&D Department Manager at Koç Holding and was appointed as the Assistant General Manager of Otokar in 1984. He served as the General Manager of Otokar between 1994 and 2005 and was appointed Co-President of Koç Holding Other Automotive Companies Group in 2005. He was the President of Defense Industry and Other Automotive Group at Koç Holding between 2006 and 2010. He has been serving as the President of Defense Industry, Other Automotive and IT Group at Koç Holding since 2010. In addition, he has been serving as the President of Automotive Manufacturers Association since 2010 and the Chairman of Defense and Aerospace Industry Manufacturers Association for the 2013-2014 periods. He has been a member of Turkish Employers’ Association of Metal Industries (MESS) and Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations (TİSK) since 2014.
, CFO (President, Finance and Strategic Planning Group)
He graduated from Tufts University and earned a master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Mechanical Engineering. In 1994, he began his career as a Research Assistant at MIT, held various positions at UBS Warburg between 1996 and 1999 and worked as Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company, New York, between 1999 and 2003. He joined Koç Holding as Finance Group Coordinator in 2003. He has been serving as the CFO at Koç Holding since 2006.
, President, Automotive Group
He graduated from Istanbul Technical University in Industrial Engineering and completed Executive Development Programs at Stanford University (USA) and University of California Los Angeles (USA). He joined Koç Group in 1991 as Management Trainee at Nasoto. He assumed Sales Coordinator, Regional Manager and Import Manager responsibilities at Otosan Pazarlama between 1993 and 1996. He served as Fleet Sales Manager at Ford Otosan between 1996 and 1998 and became the General Manager of Otokoç Ankara in 1998. In 2001, he was appointed as the General Manager of the companies merged under Otokoç. In 2005 his responsibility was extended to include the General Manager role for Birmot A.Ş., also assuming responsibility for Avis car rental. He has been serving as the President of Automotive Group at Koç Holding since June 2009.
, President, Consumer Durables Group
He graduated from Ankara University School of Political Science in Business Administration and completed his MBA at the University of Illinois. He began his career at the Ministry of Finance as junior accountant in 1988. Between 1997 and 1998, he worked as part-time lecturer at Bilkent University and as Vice President of Financial Crimes Investigation Board at Ministry of Finance. He joined Koç Holding in 1998 as Finance Group Coordinator. He was the CEO of Koçtaş between 2002 and 2007 and Migros between 2007 and 2008. After becoming the CEO of Arçelik in 2008, he was also appointed as the President of Consumer Durables Group at Koç Holding in April 2010.
, President, Banking and Insurance Group
After earning a BS degree in Business Administration from Middle East Technical University, Faik Açıkalın began his banking career in 1987 as a Management Trainee at Interbank. He subsequently worked in various positions including Internal Auditor, Relationship Manager, Branch Manager and Marketing Manager at Interbank, Marmarabank, Kentbank, Finansbank and Demirbank between 1992-1998. In May 1998, he joined Dışbank as Executive Vice President. Later that year, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) responsible for the coordination and communication between the Board of Directors and business units. He also assumed the position as a member of the Credit Committee. In June 1999, Açıkalın was appointed Deputy President and Member of the Board of Directors. In December 2000, he became President of Dışbank. Following the acquisition of the majority shares of Dışbank by Fortis, he continued to serve as President and Deputy CEO of the Bank and member of the Fortis Global Management Committee in Brussels. In October 2007, he resigned from his duties at Fortis and became CEO at Doğan Gazetecilik. In April 2009, Açıkalın was appointed as Executive Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Yapı Kredi. Serving as Yapı Kredi’s CEO since May 2009, in 2010 he was also appointed as CEO of Koç Financial Services. In addition to his current role, in August 2011, Açıkalın became the President of Koç Holding’s Banking and Insurance Group. In addition, he has been serving as the Chairman of Yapı Kredi’s Subsidiaries and Koç Finansman, as the Vice Chairman of Allianz Yaşam ve Emeklilik and as the member of the Banks Association of Turkey.
, Chief Legal Advisor
Yılmaz Graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Law in 1983 and in 1984’de became a member of the Bar Association in Istanbul in 1984. He received a Master’s Degree in International Trade from New Orleans Tulane University, Faculty of Law and an Executive MBA degree from Koç University. He started his career in 1989 as legal advisor in Koç Holding. Between 2000-2006 he continued his job as the assistant chief legal advisor. Since 2006, has been working as the Chief Legal Advisor of Koç Holding. Mr. Yılmaz is a founding member of Turkish Center for Ethical Values Foundation and founding member and vice chairman of the board of directors of Turkish Institute of Nautical Archeology (TINA) and vice chairman of the board of directors of Koç Holding Pension and Support Fund Foundation, and a member of TÜSİAD and of Koç University Alumni Association.
, Corporate Communication and External Relations Director
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Middle East Technical University, Kızıl started her career in 1992 as a specialist in the “Republic Of Turkey Prime Ministry Privatization Administration”. Kızıl received a Master’s degree in International Business Administration from George Washington University in 1997, and then worked in Washington DC for 5 years as a Portfolio Director of Middle East and North Africa in the World Bank. In 2001, she became the Chief Advisor of the Prime Minister in the Ministry of Economy and worked for two years. In 2003, she started working for Koç Holding as a CEO Advisor. Kızıl continues her career as the Corporate Communication and External Relations Director. In 2008, she was selected as “World Fellow” by Yale University in 2008 and received leadership training in this program. Kızıl is a member of TUSİAD and a member of the Board of Directors of İstanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts (İKSV), Sustainable Development Association (SKD), Education Reform Initiative (ERG), Turkish Family Health and Planning Foundation (TAPV).
, Human Resources Director
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from İstanbul Technical University, Akkol completed the Executive MBA program and received a Master’s Degree from Koç University in 2011. As he continued his professional career, he successfully graduated from Harvard Business School and Columbia University completing the “Executive Development” and “Leadership Education” programs. Akkol started his career in 2001 in the USA, as a Production and Productivity specialist in Nautilus Foods. After working abroad, Akkol returned to Turkey and started working for Koç Holding in 2003, as a Human Resources Assistant Specialist. He worked as a Human Resources Specialist between 2004-2005, and as an Audit Specialist and Senior Audit Specialist between 2005-2009. Akkol then worked as a System Development and Human Resources Director between 2009-2010, and as a System Development and Human Resources Director Coordinator between 2010-2014. Since April 2014, he has been working as the Koç Holding Human Resources Director.