Erhan Kurdoğlu Director and Chairman of the Board
Erhan Kurdoğlu has served as the chairman of the board of directors since founding TFI. Prior to founding Ekur İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. in 1993, Mr. Kurdoğlu worked as the assistant general coordinator at Ata İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. from 1987 to 1991. Mr. Kurdoğlu has managed TFI through various acquisitions, including the rights to Burger King in 1995 and founding Fasdat Gıda Dağıtım Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş, the first Ecosystem company. Mr. Kurdoğlu received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami.
Korhan Kurdoğlu Director, Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Korhan Kurdoğlu has served on the board of directors as the vice chairman since founding TFI. He is a founding member of TFI and also serves as the chief executive officer. He is a member of the board of directors for numerous companies owned or controlled by the Kurdoğlu family, and he is a founding shareholder of 35 companies. Mr. Kurdoğlu also serves as a member of Dış Ekonomik İlişkiler Kurulu (External Economic Relations Board) in Turkey and is the president of China Network at the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD). He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami in 1987, and he also holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Erhan Cansu Director
Erhan Cansu has served on the board of directors since 2016. Mr. Cansu is also the chief executive officer of TFI’s bread production subsidiary, Ekmek Unlu Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., and meat processing subsidiary, Ekur Et Entegre Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. Since 2012, Mr. Cansu has also served on the board of directors for Atakey Patates Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. Additionally, he is an executive officer of Ekur İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. and MES Mutfak Ekipmanları Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. Since joining the TFI group, he has overseen and managed the establishment of our food manufacturing facilities. Previously, Mr. Cansu spent 10 years in the building automation field at Alarko Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. He also serves as a member of the board of trustees of TEGV (Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey) on behalf of Ekur İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. He received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from İstanbul Technical University and his Master’s Degree in Business Management (Honors) from İstanbul University.
Recep Caner Dikici Director
Recep Caner Dikici has served on the board of directors since 2016 and has been with TFI Group since 2004. Prior to joining TFI, he worked for Ata Holding A.Ş. as the founder of KOÇ-ATA farm. Mr. Dikici has also previously managed the wood factory operations for Ata Holding A.Ş. from 1995 to 1999, he was the Technical Director in EGES A.Ş., a power electronics devices producer from 1984 to 1995, in 1983 he worked in the research and development department of Simko A.Ş., Siemens Turkey. Mr. Dikici has a BSc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University and a MSc. in Electrical Engineering from the Michigan Technological University and Assoc. Sc. in Agriculture from Eskişehir Anatolian University.
Ömer Faruk Işık Director
Ömer Faruk Işık has served on the board of directors since 2016 and has been the chief executive officer of Ata Holding A.Ş. since 2015. Prior to joining Ata Holding A.Ş., Mr. Faruk Işık worked for 30 years in banking and other industries, including serving as the chief executive officer of UNIT International BV and Galatasaray Sports Club. He was also the founder and managing partner of Fokus Yatırım Holding A.Ş. Prior to that he served as the chief operations officer and chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Bank – Turkey from September 2006 through July 2010. He was also previously the chief executive officer of Ata Holding A.Ş. from 1995 through 2006, and Denizbank in Cyprus from 1994 through 1995. Mr. Faruk Işık also held roles at Marbank and Arthur Andersen & Co. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Bosphorus University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from İstanbul University.
Fazıl Emre Akıncı Director
Fazıl Emre Akıncı has served on the board of directors since 2016 and represents the interests of the Üründül family on TFI’s board. Mr. Akıncı has served as the chief executive officer of Üründül Enerji Yatırımları A.Ş. since 2009. Prior to 2009, Mr. Akıncı served as an executive board member of Unit Investment N.V., an energy investment company with around $2 billion in assets, operating in eastern Europe and Turkey. He has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bilkent University and an Executive Master’s Degree of Business Administration from Koç University.
Elmas Melih Araz Director
Elmas Melih Araz has served on the board of directors of TFI since 2013, and he also serves on the board of directors of the JVC. Since 2006, Mr. Melih Araz has been with the Ata Group, a leading privately-owned company, which invests in the food and QSR industry, investment banking and real estate development. Prior to joining the Ata Group, he worked at Interbank A.Ş.., where he served as the chief executive officer for eight years. He previously worked at Citibank N.A., where he served for twelve years in various roles, including as an FX and money market trader in Bahrain, head of the Corporate Banking Group in Turkey, and within Citibank’s Credit Supervision EMEA Division in New York. Mr. Melih Araz also sits on the board of Enka A.Ş.., a leading contracting real estate development and energy conglomerate in Turkey. Previously, he served as an independent director of two other public firms in Turkey: Zorlu Energy A.Ş.., an energy company that is part of the Zorlu Group and Şenocak A.Ş., an appliance manufacturer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Public Finance from Ankara University, School of Political Sciences and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Kelley School of Business. He also attended Harvard Business School’s Program of Management Development.
Ekrem Özer Chief Financial Officer
Ekrem Özer has served as the chief financial officer since July 2013. Mr. Özer has previously served as a director in KPMG’s Advisory Practice, where he advised clients on transactions, primarily mergers and acquisitions. He also previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in İstanbul and London, where he focused on retail and private equity clients. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Kübra Erman Karaca Chief Technology Officer
Kübra Erman Karaca has served as the company’s chief technology officer since 2014. Previously, Ms. Erman Karaca has served as the chief executive officer and deputy general manager of Tradesoft (ATP), and as the executive vice president – information technology and IT manager of Körfezbank. She has also worked as the project coordinator for Aknet – Akbank, as the project manager for Garanti Technology – Garanti Bank and Systems and Applications, and as a programmer for Bilpa – Yapi Kredi Bank. She also serves as the chairman of the board for TÜBİSAD (Turkish Informatics Industry Association). Ms. Erman Karaca holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Ege University, graduating as the top student at the Masters level in her year.
Veli Emir Işık Chief Marketing Officer
Veli Emir Işık has served as the chief marketing officer since July 2017. He has a background in marketing management and brand consulting in companies like Unilever, FutureBrand and McCann Erickson. Prior to joining TFI, he served as the chief operating officer of J. Walter Thompson İstanbul. He also served as the vice president and global strategy director at Leo Burnett in Chicago from 2012 to 2013, where he led the strategic marketing efforts for Samsung globally. Mr. Emir Işık has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Middle East Technical University Ankara and a Master’s of Music in Voice from the Manhattan School of Music in New York.
Orhan Ümit Zuvin Chief Executive Officer of Burger King (China) Holding Co., Ltd.
Orhan Ümit Zuvin has served as the chief executive officer of Burger King (China) Holding Co., Ltd. since 2015, where he reports to the board of directors of TFI, and is responsible for executing the development and operations of the QSR China business. Prior to this, he served as the chief executive officer of Reklam Üssü. Over the course of his career, he has held various positions in operations and marketing in the restaurant sector. Mr. Ümit Zuvin graduated from Eskişehir University School of Business Administration with a Bachelor’s degree.
Derviş Celalettin Oktay Chief Executive Officer of Fasdat Gıda
Derviş Celalettin Oktay has served as the chief executive officer of Fasdat Gıda since its establishment in 1995. Prior to 1995, Mr. Oktay co-founded and managed Oktay Proje LC, where he remains a partner today. He also served as the logistics manager for Garanti Koza Construction Company between 1990 and 1992. From 1986 to 1992, he worked as a sales engineer at ENKA marketing and then as a logistics manager at Brega New Town and Benghazi End Reservoir Project in Libya and Bamka Dam in Iraq. Mr. Oktay holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from İstanbul Technical University.
Seçil Kurdoğlu Chief Executive Officer of Reklam Üssü
Seçil Kurdoğlu has served as the chief executive officer of Reklam Üssü since 2015. Ms. Kurdoğlu joined TFI in 2004 as brand manager. In 2008, she was promoted to marketing manager of Burger King and Arby’s brands. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Food Engineering Department of İstanbul Technical University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Koç University.
Serdar Güngör General Manager of Ata Express
Serdar Güngör has served as the general manager of Ata Express since December 2016. From May 2015 to December 2016, he served as the director of delivery for TFI. Before joining TFI, Mr. Güngör was the director of customer experience at Turkcell Superonline, and prior to that, the head of customer experience at Turkcell İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş. He also previously worked as the operating manager for Turkcell Global-Bilgi. He graduated from İstanbul University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, and he has a Master of Science in Psychology from İstanbul Commerce University.
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