Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee
Mr. Topçu was born in Çayeli, Rize in 1964. In 1986, he graduated from the Marmara University, receiving a degree in Economics and Administrative Sciences. He is a certified financial advisor. Mr. Topçu retains his positions on the Turkish Football Federation Auditing Committee and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company’s subsidiaries; THY Turkish Technic, THY DO&CO Catering Services, TGS Ground Services, THY Opet Aviation Fuels and HABOM Aviation Maintenance Repair and Modification Center. Hamdi Topçu is married and has four children.
Prof. Dr. Cemal Şanlı
Vice Chairmen of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee
Mr. Şanlı was born in Manisa in 1950. In 1977 he graduated from the Faculty of Law of Istanbul University, and in the same year began to work as an Assistant at the Istanbul University Law School. In 1985 he received his Doctorate of Law for his thesis “International Commercial Arbitration”. He completed his PhD dissertation on International Arbitration at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies affiliated to London University. In 1987, he became Assistant Associate Professor, in 1990 Associate Professor, and in 1996 full Professor. He is currently the head of the International Private Law Department of the Faculty of Law at Istanbul University. Prof. Şanlı is a Board Member in the Company’s subsidiaries, THY Turkish Technical and HABOM Aviation Maintenance Repair and Modification Center. He has published many books, articles and monographs in the field of international private law, and especially international arbitration. Cemal Şanlı is married and has four children.
He received his Doctorate on International Arbitration at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies affiliated to London University.
PhD. Temel Kotil
Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, CEO
Mr. Kotil was born in Rize in 1959. In 1983 he graduated from the Aeronautical Engineering Department at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). In 1986, he received his first Master’s degree in the United States from the Aircraft Engineering Department of Michigan University Ann Arbor, followed in 1987 by his second Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering in 1991 at the same university. From 1991-93 Kotil established and managed the Aviation and Advanced Composite Laboratories of ITU’s Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he also served as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor. From 1993-94 he served as Department Faculty Vice President and as Faculty Assistant Dean. Mr. Kotil also served as Head of the Research, Planning and Coordination Department of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. He then served as a guest professor at Illinois University, and then as Department Head at the Research and Engineering Department of AIT Inc. New York. In 2003 he began his career with Turkish Airlines as Vice President of the Technical Department. In 2005 Mr. Kotil was appointed General Manager. And in 2006, he was elected as a member of the IATA Boards of Directors. In 2010, he was appointed as a Board Member of the Association of European Airlines and as Vice President in 2012. Mr. Kotil, married with four children, has authored many articles and publications.
Member of the Board and Corporate Management Committee
Born in Gaziantep in 1961, Mr. Büyükekşi graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Yıldız Technical University in 1984. He attended Business Administration courses at the Marmara University and Business Administration and English courses in the UK. In addition to being a Board Member of Turkish Airlines, Mr. Büyükekşi is the President of the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TİM), a member of the Board of Directors of Türk Eximbank, of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO), the Istanbul Development Agency, the Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters’ Association (İDMİB), and the Energy Efficiency Association (ENVERDER), and is the General Coordinator of Ziylan Group. Mr. Büyükekşi has been a board member at the Turkish Leather Foundation (TÜRDEV), Organized Industrial Zones and Technology Development Regions (TOBBİS), International Commerce Center Inc. (TOBTIM), and Turkish DO&CO. He was the president of the Turkish Association of Footwear Manufacturers, Chairman of the Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters’ Association (İDMİB), as well as the Founding Chairman of the Turkish Footwear Industry Research Development and Education Foundation (TASEV) from 1997-2008. He is married and has three children.
Member of the Board and Financial Audit Committee
Born in 1962, and a graduate of Saint-Michel French High School and the Bosphorus University Department of Management Science. His professional career commenced in 1986 when he became the founder shareholder of Penta Textile. In 1993 he was appointed CEO of KVK Mobil Telefon Hizmetleri A.Ş.. Subsequently, Mr. Akpınar served as the CEO of MV Holding A.Ş. and played an active role in the creation of Fintur Holding BV. Between the years of 2002 and 2006 Mr. Akpınar served as the CEO of Turkcell. He is an independent Board Member of Turkish Airlines and serves as Chairman of the Board at Dost Energy, as Vice Chairman of MV Holding, Chairman of the Board at Portmobil and as a Member of the Board of Kimya Teknik. He remains an entrepreneur and investor in the fields of renewable energy, technology, chemicals and construction. Mr. Akpınar is married and has two children.
Member of the Board, Financial Audit and Corporate Management Committee
Born in Çan, Çanakkale in 1963, he graduated from the Public Administration Department of the Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences in 1985. He received his MA in the USA in 1994. His career began in the position of assistant inspector at the Ministry of Finance Review Committee in the same year. Until 1998 he worked as a finance inspector and finance inspector general. And from 1995-1997 Mr. Gerçek was deputy assistant District Treasurer in Istanbul and has pursued his career as a chartered accountant since 1998. He is an independent Board Member at Turkish Airlines and Member of the Audit Committee at Joint Funds Bank Inc., a Member of the Board of Trustees at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Foundation University, and Auditor at the Participation Banks Association of Turkey.
Member of the Board and Corporate Management Committee
Gülsüm Azeri is a graduate of Boğaziçi University, at the Department of Chemical Engineering with an MS Degree in Industrial Engineering from the same university. She speaks fluent German and English. During a key part of her career, Mrs. Azeri was a senior executive at Şişecam. She held the posts of Şişecam Chemicals Group President from 1994-1998, Şişecam Glassware Group President from 1999-2007 and Şişecam Flat Glass Group President from 2007-2011. And from 1994 to 2011 she was an Executive Committee member of Şişecam. Currently, Mrs. Gülsüm Azeri is CEO and Board Member of OMV Petrol Ofisi A.Ş. and OMV Gaz ve Enerji Holding A.Ş., and was chairperson of OMV Petrol Ofisi Holding A.Ş. From 2004-2008, she was the Chairperson of the European Glass Federation Glassware Committee, and from 2009-2011 was a member of the Board of Directors of Glass for Europe, the European Flat Glass Manufacturers’ Association. Mrs. Azeri has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO), an Executive Committee Member of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM), a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Foreign Economic Relations Board of The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (DEIK). She also represented the private sector on the Board of the Ethics Council of the Prime Ministry of Turkey. In April 2011, she was elected as member of the Board of Directors of Turkish Airlines. Mrs. Azeri is married and has two children.
Member of the Board
Mr. Ağbal was born in Bayburt in 1968. He graduated from the Public Administration Department of the Istanbul University Faculty of Political Sciences in 1989. In 1998 he received his MBA from Exeter University in the UK. In 1989 he became Assistant Inspector at the Ministry of Finance, in 1993 Inspector at the Ministry of Finance, and in 1999, became Inspector General. Having served as Vice President of the Financial Review Committee, he was appointed Head of Department at the Inland Revenue in 2003, and served as a Ministerial Advisor in 2004. In 2006 Mr. Ağbal was appointed acting General Manager of Budget and Financial Control at the Ministry of Finance, and Vice President of the Inland Revenue in the same year. In 2009 he became the Undersecretary of Finance. He is also a member of the Council of Higher Education and of the Board of Trustees at Yesevi University. Mr. Ağbal is married with two children.
Mehmet Nuri Yazıcı
Member of the Board
Mehmet Nuri Yazıcı, born in Rize in 1949, graduated from the Istanbul University, Academy of Economics and Commercial Sciences in 1975. From 1990 to 1991 he was the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels. He also served as Councilor and Advisor to the Chairman at Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality from 1994-2008. Mr. Yazıcı is married and has one child.