Billur Demet Atan graduated from Istanbul University School of Business in 1986 and completed her Master’s degree in the same department in 1988, specializing in international management. She embarked upon her career the same year and started working for Ernst & Young as independent auditor. Atan took office at Ernst & Young’s Chicago (USA) bureau between years 1995-1996 and became its audit partner in 1998. Atan was Head of Independent Auditing at Ernst & Young Turkey between 2000-2012 and joined Zorlu Holding in 2013. As Audit General Manager of Zorlu Holding, she was in charge of internal auditing, tax auditing and financial auditing between 2013-2021, and has been working as Vice-President of Zorlu Real Estate Group since May 1st, 2021.
Atan is a member of the Expert Accountants’ Association of Turkey, the Istanbul Chamber of Independent Accountants and Financial Advisors and the Institute of Internal Auditing of Turkey.
Following BS and MS studies in Bilkent University’s Electrical/Electronic Engineering Department, Murat Zeren did his PhD in the Ohio State University in the USA. Heading R&D and software teams in Alcatel Teletaş, Telsim, and Oksijen Teknoloji upon returning to Turkey, Zeren ventured into the academic world as an Assistant Professor at the Computer Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University from 2002 to2004 during which period he served as arbitrator and consultant on the projects of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). Having occupied managerial positions at various levels with the Ülker Group, Argela Teknoloji, and Türk Telekom, Zeren had been working as Technology Group Head in Doğan Online before joining Zorlu Holding.
Murat Zeren is married with one child.
Born in Ankara in 1967, Burak İ. Okay completed his middle school and high school education at TED Ankara College before graduating from Ankara University Law Faculty in 1990. Okay completed International Law Program in New York and started working as a lawyer at the Legal Consultancy Department of Türkiye İş Bankası (Isbank). He then worked as Associate Counsel at Garanti Bankası (Garanti Bank), as Legal Consultant at MNG Bank, as Legal Affairs Director at Nortel Networks Netaş, and as partner at Bener Law Office. Okay joined Zorlu Group in 2006 and restructured the Holding’s Law Department which serves all companies of the Holding. In addition to his position as the President of the Law Group, he has also been a board member at Zorlu Enerji since 2007. Burak İ.Okay is married with two children.
Born in Kilis on 1 February 1956, Necmi Kavuşturan finished İstanbul High School followed by Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Science. Embarking upon his career as a specialist with the İş Bank of Turkey in 1979, Kavuşturan became Deputy General Manager of İnterbank in 1985, supervising projects involving management trainee programs, open performance systems, and total quality management. From 1997 to 2003, he served as Denizbank’s Deputy General Manager in charge of Management Services, running the bank’s advertising, public relations, construction, and purchasing departments. Since 2003, Kavuşturan has been working for Zorlu Holding as Human Resources Group Head and filling a member’s seat on the Executive Board of the Vestel Group of Companies and the Board of Directors of Zorlu Property.
Necmi Kavuşturan is married with one child.
Born in Ankara in 1967, Cem Köksal graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University in 1988. Following post-graduate work in Bilkent University, he filled posts at various levels in İnterbank from 1990-1997 and in Denizbank from 1997-2002. Köksal has been the Financial Affairs Group Head in Zorlu Holding since 2002.
Cem Köksal is married and has two children.
Born in Kayseri in 1960, Orhan Yılmaz graduated from the Chemical Engineering Department of Gazi University in 1984. After completing his post-graduate and graduate studies in the same University, Yılmaz started his career as an engineer at the boron and acid factories of Etibank in 1986. He worked as chief engineer, principal engineer and organization manager in the same company before assuming the post of deputy manager in 2003. And in 2004, Yılmaz was appointed as General Manager and at the same time Chairman of Eti Maden, the biggest mining corporation of Turkey, which positions he maintained until 2015. Yılmaz worked as Counsellor at the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources between 2015 and 2017, and was appointed as Zorlu Mining Group President on January 2017.
Orhan Yılmaz is single with three children.
(1971 - Ankara) Sinan Ak graduated from the Department of Business Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 1995 and received his master’s degree in business administration from Old Dominion University in the United States. He began his career as an investment specialist at Evgin Yatırım Menkul Değerler, a brokerage firm, in 1995 and joined Zorlu Group in 2000, where he served as the finance chief at Vestel Komünikasyon until 2002 and as finance manager at Vestel Beyaz Eşya between 2002-2006. Mr. Ak joined Zorlu Energy Group in 2006 and served as the Assistant General Manager responsible for Financial Affairs at Zorlu Enerji until January 2012, when he was appointed as the Company’s General Manager and also served as the General Manager of two other Zorlu Energy Group companies: Zorlu O&M Enerji Tesisleri İşletme ve Bakım Hizmetleri AŞ and Zorlu Endüstriyel ve Enerji Tesisleri İnşaat Ticaret AŞ. Sinan Ak, was appointed as Sector Head of the Zorlu Energy Group in December 2016.
Sinan Ak is married with 2 children.
Born in Bursa in 1966, Necat Altın graduated from Textile Engineering Department of Uludağ University in 1987. Altın started his career at a Zorlu Holding company, Korteks A.Ş., in 1992. Necat Altın, took part in world’s largest polyester yarn production facilities as the Project Coordinator and fulfilled a highly important function for the timely completion of the project. After working as Deputy General Manager in charge of production between 1999 and 2004, Necat Altın was then appointed as General Manager of Korteks in 2004. Altın, who worked as Vice President of Zorlu Holding Textile Group since 2016, has become Zorlu Holding Textile Group President as of 01.01.2018. Altın, was board member at several nongovernmental organizations like Turkish Synthetic Yarn Producers Union and Bursa Organized Industrial Zone Industrialists and Businessmen Association (BOSİAD), and he has been acting as the Board Chairman of the European Man-Made Fiber Association, one of the world’s leading man-made and synthetic yarn platforms since November 2017. Fluent in English language,
Necat Altın is married with two children.
Born in Mersin in 1955, Turan Erdoğan graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of İstanbul Technical University in 1976. Following graduate studies at Brunel University in the UK in 1979, Erdoğan returned to Turkey where he did managerial jobs in various companies in the private sector. He has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the Vestel Group of Companies since 1 January 2013.
Heading TURKTRADE from 2002-2006, Erdoğan is the first Turkish board member to serve on DIGITALEUROPE, the largest ICT confederation in Europe. He has been serving in this post since 2010.
Born in İzmir in 1955, Ömer Yüngül finished the Boğaziçi University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1978. Kicking off his career at the construction company Tekfen İnşaat, Yüngül filled various managerial posts in Metaş, Faz Elektrik, and Merloni Elettrodomestici. Joining Zorlu Holding as the General Manager of Vestel Beyaz Eşya, a white goods manufacturer, in 1997, Yüngül became Chairman of the Vestel Executive Board in 2000. Following a successful 15 years in Vestel management, Yüngül became the first CEO of Zorlu Holding in 2013.
Speaking fluent English and Italian, Ömer Yüngül is married with one child.
Born in Trabzon in 1975, Selen Zorlu Melik graduated from the Business Administration Department of Uludağ University’s Faculty of Economic and Administrative Science. Stepping into the business life at the Bursa branch of Denizbank, a Zorlu Holding company, in 1998, Selen Zorlu Melik filled various posts at the General Directorate of Denizbank. She attended the Marketing Degree Program at the University of California in 2001. Taking up a post in Korteks İplik, which manufactures thread, in 2002, Selen Zorlu Melik has been the Deputy Head of the Zorlu Energy Group and a board member in the Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş., a power producer, since 2005 along with her board memberships in various companies of Zorlu Holding. She has been acting as the Deputy Group Head for the Zorlu Energy Group since April 2012.
Selen Zorlu Melik is married and a mother of two.
Born in Istanbul in 1984, Mehmet Emre Zorlu completed Koç University’s Electrical and Electronics Engineering Program in 2006. Finishing the Master Program in Innovation and Technology Management of the Essex University in the UK, he began working for the Vestel Group of Companies in 2009.
Getting a membership on the Vestel Elektronik Board of Directors in 2009, Emre Zorlu also holds a member’s seat on the Zorlu Holding board and the boards of the other companies in the holding.
Mehmet Emre Zorlu serves at the board of directors of Endeavor Turkey, board of trustees of GİRVAK (Entrepreneurship Foundation of Turkey), and global committee member of Social Innovation Exchange (SIX).
Mehmet Emre Zorlu is married with one child.
Born in Trabzon in 1965, Olgun Zorlu completed his education in the UK where he studied textiles and business administration. Stepping into the business life in 1986, Olgun Zorlu started filling executive posts in the companies of Zorlu Holding as of 1988, managing their foreign operations in market research and the development of new practices.
Joining the Zorlu Holding Board of Directors as a member in 1998, Olgun Zorlu also holds a member’s seat on the boards of the other companies in the holding.
Olgun Zorlu is married with two children.
Born in the Babadağ county of Turkey’s Denizli province in 1939, Zeki Zorlu carried the profession of weaving he had taken up as a child over to the realm of commerce with the first store the family opened in Trabzon. Adding manufacturing to their list of operations following the company headquarters’ relocation in İstanbul in 1970, Zeki Zorlu laid the foundations of Korteks in Bursa in 1976. Establishing Zorlu Holding together with his brother Ahmet Zorlu and making Vestel a part of it in 1994, Zeki Zorlu played a key role in the establishment and acquisition of numerous companies in the industries of energy, tourism, and property development.
In addition to his current status as the Vice Chairman of Zorlu Holding, Zeki Zorlu chairs various group companies in the industries of textile, energy, and property development.
Actively engaged in the work of non-governmental organizations, Zeki Zorlu is the Vice Chairman of the Textile Industry Assembly of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). Having served two years on the Board of Directors of the Bursa Industry and Business Association (BUSİAD), Zeki Zorlu is a member of the International Patent Cooperation Union, the Bursa Disaster Association (BURAD), the Foundation for the Empowerment of the Uludağ University, the Turkish Society for Quality (KALDER), the Association of Artificial Synthetic Fiber Manufacturers (SUSEB), the Bursa Research Foundation, and the Association for International Competition and Technology.
Zeki Zorlu is married with three children.
Born in the Babadağ county of Turkey’s Denizli province in 1944, Ahmet Zorlu started his business life at an early age working in textiles, his father’s profession. A textile trade in the store he opened in Trabzon in the early years of his business life grew to become the foundations of Zorlu Holding after Ahmet Zorlu relocated the company headquarters in İstanbul in 1970. Establishing Korteks, his first manufacturing company, in 1976, Ahmet Zorlu gathered all of his companies under the roof of Zorlu Holding in 1990. Adding the Vestel brand to Zorlu Holding in 1994, he opened the door to new lines of business. Zorlu’s entrepreneurialism which began with textile industry went on to manifest itself in more companies operating in highly diverse fields such as white goods, electronics, property development, energy, metallurgy, and defense.
With a keen interest in civil society work, Ahmet Zorlu holds memberships in the Board of Directors of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK), the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), the Education and Culture Foundation of the Society of Denizli (DENBİR), the Babadağ Industry and Business Association (BASİAD), and the Turkish Home Textiles Industry and Business Association (TETSİAD).
Ahmet Zorlu conducts his social responsibility work through the Mehmet Zorlu Education, Health, Culture, and Solidarity Foundation (MZV) he founded in 1999 which has given scholarships to a large number of students and had many schools built.
Ahmet Zorlu attaches a great deal of importance to the social efforts intended to boost the Turkish business world’s effectiveness abroad. He was awarded the Royal Spanish Order of Civil Merit by King Juan Carlos I of Spain in 2007 for his endeavors to develop and consolidate relations between Spain and Turkey.
Ahmet Zorlu is married with three children.
Koray Yazıcıoğlu, born in İzmir, June 1973, graduated from Naval High School/Heybeliada in 1991 and Naval Military College in 1995. Following his graduation, he served as a branch officer on surface ships of the Navy for two years. In 1997, he was given a helicopter pilot course and received his pilot brevet in 1998, in the Naval Forces Command and Coast Guard Command Helicopter Flight Fleets; Maintenance Exit Test Pilot served as a Teacher Pilot in administrative and managerial positions until 2012. In 2012, he left the Armed Forces at his request and started to serve as a Helicopter Captain Pilot within Zorlu Aviation. Captain Pilot Koray Yazıcıoğlu, who served respectively as Security Manager and Flight Safety Manager at Zorlu Aviation, was appointed as the General Manager of ZorluHavacılık A.Ş in January 2020. Captain Pilot Koray Yazıcıoğlu, fluent in English, is married and has two children.
Aslı Alemdaroğlu graduated from Robert College and then completed her B.A. degree in English Language and Literature at Boğaziçi University in 1988. She later obtained her degree in Advertising and Communication from Watford College. Alemdaroğlu started her career in 1989 as a customer representative at the Güzel Sanatlar (S&S) Advertising Agency before working as an academic at the Department of English Language Teaching at Marmara University between 1991 and 1993. Alemdaroğlu then became an account manager at Saatchi & Saatchi agency in 1994 and served as the advertising manager of the agency until 2000. She worked as Pamukbank’s Advertising and Public Relations Manager between 2000 and 2002 and later became the Advertising Manager for Aria, Turkey’s 3rd GSM operator. Alemdaroğlu continued her career as Arçelik’s Corporate Communications Director between 2004 and 2009. She then served as the Corporate Communications Group Manager at ING Bank between 2009 and 2011 and took office as the Corporate Communications Director at Yıldız Holding in 2012. Alemdaroğlu was appointed as Corporate Communications General Manager at Zorlu Holding in 2014.
Since 2016, Aslı Alemdaroğlu has been managing the creation and branding processes for Smart Life 2030, the sustainability strategy for Zorlu Holding and its group companies. In her department, she continues to lead all social investment projects of the Holding Company, which has adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a guide.
In October 2021, Alemdaroğlu was appointed as the Corporate Communications and Sustainability General Manager in line with the restructuring of Zorlu Holding. In the journey of the Group to become a “responsible investment holding”, she guides the establishment and supervision of Zorlu Group's sustainability vision, which the Group addresses within its environmental, social and governance (ESG) approach, as well as the 2030 and 2050 targets set in parallel with this vision.
After graduating from Üsküdar American Academy, Arzu Pişkinoğlu completed her undergraduate study at the Economy Department of Boğaziçi University before starting her Professional career as an independent auditor at Ernst & Young. Pişkinoğlu then worked as Quality Assurance Department manager at Citibank Retail Banking and she was assigned as manager at Ernst & Young’s Consultancy Department. In this position, Pişkinoğlu gave consultancy service to many domestic and foreign companies engaged in diverse fields on many subjects including internal control, process development, risk management, internal audit, harmonization and financial transformation and became Consultancy Department Partner in charge of Risk Services in 2007. Pişkinoğlu joined Zorlu Holding in 2016. Pişkinoğlu conducts the Holding’s activities on the subjects of internal control, process risk management, process development and audit. She has many domestic and international certificates including Independent Accountant and Financial Advisor, Certified Internal Accountant (CIA), Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), Certified Internal Control Auditor (CICA).
Pişkinoğlu is married with two children.
He was born in Kayseri's Pınarbaşı district in 1964. Respectively graduated from Bursa Işıklar Military High School in 1982, Ankara Military Academy in 1986, Polatlı Artillery and Missile School in 1987, and The Army Aviation School in Ankara in 1989.
He successfully completed Helicopter Flight Instructor Training in 1994, Helicopter Examiner Training in 2000, and Airplane Flight Training in 2004.
He worked as a flight instructor The Army Aviation School in Ankara. Later on worked as a pilot, headquarters officer, examiner pilot, fleet commander, and battalion commander in Ankara, Malatya, and İzmir. He retired voluntarily as a lieutenant colonel from the Turkish Armed Forces in 2007.
He started his civil aviation career as a captain pilot in Halikarnas Aviation Inc. in 2008. Respectively worked between the years 2008-2009 as a captain pilot in Halikarnas Aviation Inc., between the years 2009-2013 as a captain pilot, flight Instructor, examiner pilot, training manager and flight operations manager in Sancak Airlines Inc.
He joined Zorlu Aviation Inc. in 2013. Between the years 2013-2014 he served as a ground operations manager. On January 1, 2016 Zorlu appointed him as General Manager of Zorlu Air.
Mr. Karaçay is married and has two daughters.
Receiving her BS from the Electronics Department of Boğaziçi University after finishing Beşiktaş Anatolian High School, Ayşe Yağcı launched her career in tourism industry. After spending some time as a professional, she became a founding partner and manager of Jules Verne Travel&Event in 1998, a position she held until 2004. Under her leadership, backed with 20 years of experience in various fields of tourism industry, Jules Verne Travel&Event joined Zorlu Holding in 2004. Yağcı, who writes articles on tourism and travel for numerous newspapers and magazines, is also engaged in civil society efforts through her chairmanship of the E-Travel Committee of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) and her membership in the Tourism Working Group of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD).
Born in Kayseri in 1959, Fikret Özdemir graduated from the Atatürk University’s Faculty of Business Administration in 1980. Starting his working life as an Assistant Auditor with the Audit Board of Pamukbank in 1981, Özdemir joined the Zorlu Group as Manager of Denizbank’s İzmir Branch in 1997 quitting his post as Pamukbank’s İzmir Branch Manager. He was subsequently assigned as Regional Director for the Aegean, General Manager of Tarişbank, Deputy General Manager in charge of Corporate Marketing, and General Manager of Deniz Faktoring as well as CEO of Timur Holding for one year.
Reuniting with the Zorlu Holding family in the beginning of 2012, Özdemir supervised the establishment of Zorlu Faktoring.
Özdemir is married with one child.