KEMAL ŞAHİN
Chairman of the Board

BEHZAT YILDIRIMER
Member Of The Advisory Board

Born in 1954, graduated from METU (Middle East Technical University) Business Administration Department. His banking career started in Halk Bank as an Examiner of Banking Deputy and he continued in Dışbank and BankEkspres as a senior executive and concluded his professional life while he was the Chief of Turkey and the Turkic Republics Desk in Union Bancaire Privee-Geneva at his twentieth year. He continues his activities as an educator and consultant in the “tim” Consultancy Company he founded in 1998, with the title of Chairman. He lectures in MBA programs in several universities and serves as a director and instructor in university-supported certification programs. He holds memberships of management and advisory boards in financial and non-financial institutions.

HÜSEYİN ERGİN
Member Of The Advisory Board

Born in 1961, he graduated from the Istanbul University Faculty of Economics. He worked as a Fiscal Inspector in the Ministry of Finance, Finance Inspection Board for 5.5 years. He performed consultancy services to local and foreign companies as a tax department manager in an international audit firm for 7 years. Since 1995, he has been rendering tax consultancy services as the founding partner of Sigma Yeminli Mali Müşavirlik A.Ş. He is an expert in the taxation of Financial Institutions and Securities Income. He holds the title of Certified Public Accountant.

İSMET GERGERLİ
Member Of The Advisory Board

He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of International Relations. Later, he got his master’s degree in Sociology. He started his business life at Pamukbank. He transferred to Halkbank with the dispose of Pamukbank to Halkbank, where he worked as an executive in various positions and departments for approximately 12 years. Again at Halkbank, he served as the ‘Regional Coordinator’ in Istanbul and Ankara where the trade and industry are densely located, and had the opportunity to examine and analyze the profile of the Turkish business world right in the field. He worked as a Member of the Kredi Garanti Fonu AŞ’s Board of Directors between 2008-2011. As of November 2015, he assumed the positions of General Manager and Board Member of Kredi Garanti Fonu AŞ. He was elected as the “Bureaucrat of the Year 2018” at the “Business People of the Year Award Ceremony” organized by Turkish Economist Magazine. He has a book titled “The Hidden Power of the Japanese Economy” issued by İş Kültür Publications. He also has many published articles. He still gives lectures on banking at Anadolu University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, and also provides international consultancy on “change, transformation, restructuring, financial optimization through “Scala Strateji Danışmanlık A.Ş.”, which he is the founder of.

JALE TUNÇEL
Executive Board Member

Born in 1969, she graduated from ITU (Istanbul Techincal University) Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Textile Engineering Department. Afterward, she got her Master of Business Administration, which she started in 2015. She started her professional life in Bursa Rekor Dokuma as a production engineer and continued at the ready-to-wear apparel production companies Rova Tekstil and Esin Tekstil in Istanbul. She started working for the Şahinler Group in 1991 with her position in the Planning Unit at Ünimoda, later on, starting from 1992 she worked as a manager in the fabric production unit at Bilkont Foreign Trade company for 5 years and served as General Manager of Commercial Units there for 10 years. In this period, she carried out and accomplished operations of import, export, and production of dyes and chemicals for knitted fabric and opened China and Egypt offices as well. She served as a Member of the Board in Şahinler Holding between 2007-2017. She is now holding the chair as a Member of the Executive Committee in Şahinler Holding. Since 2010, she has been voluntarily serving in non-governmental organizations and as a member of the Board in the Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association and as the Chairman of the Board in Istanbul Fashion Academy.

ŞEFİKA ÖZCAN TOKDEMİR
Executive Board Member

She is a graduate of Istanbul University Faculty of Economics, Department of Economics. Afterward, she completed her Master’s Degree in Economics at the same faculty. She received an education in the German language at Goethe Institut in Germany. Afterward, she started her professional life in Şahinler Holding, Financial Affairs Department in 1998, and then worked as Audit Manager for 12 years. She is currently working as a Member of the Executive Committee in Şahinler Holding, responsible for Financial Affairs and Accounting. Şefika Özcan Tokdemir, who is an SMMM (independent accountant and financial advisor), speaks English and German.

AYŞE ÇAKIR
Executive Board Member

Born in 1984, Ayşe Çakır graduated from Uludağ University, Department of German Language Teaching. She took her MBA at Bahçeşehir University in 2010. Her professional life started by working in the Import & Export Department of Gefco International Logistics. Later, in 2007, she began to work as an Assistant Audit Specialist in Şahinler Holding’s Internal Audit Department, and then also served in various positions in Şahinler Holding’s Finance Department for two years. Between 2010-2013 she performed project manager in Şahinler Holding’s Ethiopia project, and she served in Ethiopia. Following this project, she carried out the Internal Control Department Manager position for four years in Şahinler Holding. As of July 2019, she has been working as European Free Zone Deputy General Manager and Şahinler Holding Executive Board Member. Concurrently, she has been voluntarily serving as the Vice President of the Şahinler Foundation since 2016. She speaks English and German.

VEDAT OKUŞ
Executive Board Member

Born in 1959 in Edirne, he completed his primary, secondary, high school and higher education in Edirne. He started his career in Meriç Group of Companies in 1979. In 1996, he served as Human Resources Manager in group companies within ÖRSA Holding. In addition to his duty as Human Resources Manager in Edirne Modavizyon, a Şahinler Holding group company, in 2010, he was appointed as the Holding Human Resources Director in 2018. He has been serving as a Member of the Executive Board since September 2020.

ERHAN AYDIN
Executive Board Member

Born in 1976, he graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Management Engineering, and he got his master’s degree (MBA) in Accounting-Finance at Marmara University. He started his professional career in 1998 at T. Garanti Bankası A.Ş. as a bank examiner. After leaving the Board of Examiners in 2007, he worked as a finance executive at Garanti Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş. Later, he started to work in real sector and served as Treasury and Financial Affairs Manager in companies operating in the construction and logistics markets. He joined Şahinler Group as the end of 2018 and currently continues his duty as Finance Director and Member of the Executive Committee. He holds Capital Markets Advanced Level and Derivative Instruments Licenses. He has the title of Certified Independent Accountant and Financial Advisor.