Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board and Independent Board Member*
Ahmet Akça was appointed to the Board of Directors by Capital Markets Board decision. From 1980 to 1988, Mr. Akça served as a Foreign Trade Manager in the glass and food industry. In 1988 he became CEO of an International Trading Company, a position he held until 1992. He later started his own business, which he still runs. Mr. Akça is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of logistics company Akça Lojistik Hizmetleri ve Ticaret A.Ş. He was a member of the Committee of Trustees in January 2010, at the time of the Bezmialem Vakıf University establishment, and has been serving as the Chairman of the Committee of Trustees since November 2011. After studying mathematics at Middle East Technical University and sociology at Istanbul University for a certain period, Mr. Akça graduated from the Bursa Economics and Commercial Sciences Academy’s Department of Economics.
Independent Board Member*
Atilla Koç was appointed to the Board of Directors by Capital Markets Board decision. Having working as an Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior and as the Chief of Police in Konya, he served as the District Governor of the Ulubey, Nusaybin and Bayındır districts, and as the Governor of Siirt and Giresun provinces. He has also been the Prime Minister’s Undersecretary, the General Secretary of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, and the Central Governor. Then, Mr. Koç served as AKP Aydın Deputy in 22nd and 23rd period of Grand National Assembly of Turkey and the Minister of Culture and Tourism in the 59th Government. He graduated from Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Science.
MEHMET HİLMİ GÜLER
Independent Board Member*
Mehmet Hilmi Güler was appointed to the Board of Directors by Capital Markets Board decision. He formerly worked as a Project Engineer and Group Chairman at TUSAŞ Aerospace Industries. Mr. Güler also served as Vice President and Board Member of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), as Chairman and General Manager of the Machines and Chemical Industries Board (MKEK), as the General Manager and Chairman of Etibank, as the Chief Undersecretary to the Prime Minister, and as Board Member and Executive Director at ERDEMİR and İGDAŞ. Mr. Güler also served as Minister of Energy and Natural Resources in the 58th, 59th and 60th Governments. Mr. Güler graduated from Middle East Technical University’s Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering where he obtained his Master’s and Doctorate degrees.
Mehmet Bostan was appointed to the Board of Directors by Capital Markets Board decision. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Turkcell Global Bilgi since 2014 and Turkcell Global Ödeme Sistemleri since 2015. Mr. Bostan formerly worked as Senior Relationship Manager at BNP Ak Dresdner Bank A.Ş, Manager at TSKB, Chief Turkey Representative of Dresdner Bank AG and Deputy General Manager at Güneş Sigorta. He has served as the General Manager and Board Member of Vakıf Emeklilik since 2010. He is a Board Member of the Pension Monitoring Center and Turkish Tennis Federation. Mr. Bostan graduated from International Relations, from the Faculty of Economics, at İstanbul University. He holds an MBA from Bilgi University.
Bekir Pakdemirli was appointed to the Board of Directors by Capital Markets Board decision. Over the past 10 years, he has worked as Regional Manager for the Middle East of a multinational company, General Manager of a ceramic company in İzmir and General Manager of a publicly-listed food company. Currently, he is Business Development Manager of the company McCain and provides consultancy services on management, finance, efficiency and restructuring to corporations. Mr. Pakdemirli is a Board Member of Tarkem, historical Kemeraltı Inc., a member of Board of Trustees of the Anatolia Foundation for Autism and a member of the Capital Markets Investors Association. Mr. Pakdemirli presents a weekly economic program on Ege TV. He is an amateur captain, amateur pilot and amateur radio operator. After graduating from Bilkent University, Faculty of Business Administration, he completed his Master’s degree in Management at Başkent University. Currently, Mr. Pakdemirli is working towards his PhD degree in Economics at Celal Bayar University.
JAN ERIK RUDBERG
Jan Erik Rudberg was appointed to the Board of Directors by Capital Markets Board decision. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kcell JSC (Independent Director) and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hogia AB. Since 2010, Mr. Rudberg is also a member of the Board of Directors of OJSC MegaFon (Independent Director). Between 1994 and 2003 he held various executive positions at Telia AB, after having served as the Chief Executive Officer of Tele2 AB, Executive Vice President of Nordbanken AB, Chief Executive Officer of Enator AB, as well the Chief Executive Officer of Ericsson Information Systems Sweden AB and holding several managerial positions at IBM. Mr. Rudberg has a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Gothenburg School of Economics.
Erik Belfrage was appointed to the Board of Directors by Capital Markets Board decision. In the 70´s and 80´s, Mr. Belfrage worked as a Swedish diplomat in Geneva, Washington, Bucharest, Beirut, and in Paris. Since 1987 he has served as Senior Vice President at SEB, and as an advisor to Dr. Peter Wallenberg, an advisor to the Chairman at the companies Investor AB Jacob Wallenberg and SEB Marcus Wallenberg. In 2012 Mr. Belfrage set up a consultancy, Consilio International AB, where he also is the Chairman. The firm advises large Nordic corporates. Currently, Mr. Belfrage is chairman of several boards. He holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.
* Appointed by the Capital Markets Board as “independent board member” pursuant to Article 17, paragraph two, of Capital Markets Law No. 6362 on March 11, 2013. ** The board members who satisfy independency criteria were appointed by the Capital Markets Board pursuant to sub-paragraph (k) of the first paragraph of Article 128 of Capital Markets Law No. 6362 on August 15, 2013. *** The board members who satisfy independency criteria were appointed by the Capital Markets Board pursuant to sub-paragraph (k) of the first paragraph of Article 128 of Capital Markets Law No. 6362 on September 13, 2013.