MANAGEMENT

SERDAR BİLGİLİ

CHAIRMAN

After graduating from Robert College, Serdar Bilgili studied in the University of Redlands, California with a degree in Business Administration and Photography. He was General Secretary and a Board Member of Besiktas Sports Club (BJK) from 1992-1998 and President of the Club between 2000 and 2004. He also has hosted two photography exhibitions in the United States. He had an exhibition in Istanbul called ‘Despite the Barriers’ which is published in a book with the same name in 2007.

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ŞERİFE ERCANTÜRK ŞERİFE ERCANTÜRK VICE PRESIDENT ŞERİFE ERCANTÜRK VICE PRESIDENT Serife Ercanturk graduated from Marmara University with a degree in Business Administration. She held several executive positions in Martexpert Trading, Bagdat Furniture and Bluson Textile from 1976 to 1989. She is currently Vice President of Bilgili Group managing the construction and project management activities. SEVİL BİLGİLİ SEVİL BİLGİLİ BOARD MEMBER SEVİL BİLGİLİ BOARD MEMBER After graduating from Austrian High School, Sevil Bilgili studied at Mimar Sinan University in the Faculty of Architecture. She has held various executive positions in companies run by the Bilgili Group from 1980 onward, and is in charge of the Group’s finance, treasury and project investments. CAN NATAN CAN NATAN BOARD MEMBER AND SENIOR ADVISOR CAN NATAN BOARD MEMBER AND SENIOR ADVISOR After graduating from Galatasaray High School and the Istanbul University School of Law, he obtained a LL.M in International Business Law from the University of Manchester. He is a partner at Özcan & Natan Attorney Partnership. He has been serving as a board member and senior advisor to Bilgili Holding since March 2016. GÜLAY TAHMAZ GÜLAY TAHMAZ BOARD MEMBER AND CFO GÜLAY TAHMAZ BOARD MEMBER AND CFO After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Anadolu University’s Business Administration Department, Gülay Tahmaz began working at Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza Istanbul Hotels in the Financial Affairs Department in 1994. She joined Bilgili Group in 2000 as the Income Auditor of Radisson SAS Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul and was appointed to Financial Controller in 2004. Tahmaz became the Finance Director of W Istanbul in 2007 then transferred to Bilgili Holding as Managing Director in March 2010. She worked as CFO for Bilgili Holding between 2012-2017. She has been working as Board Member & CFO since May 2017.
LEVENT ABAY LEVENT ABAY CEO OF CONSTRUCTION GROUP LEVENT ABAY CEO OF CONSTRUCTION GROUP Levent Abay completed his Bachelor’s degree in Istanbul Technical University’s Faculty of Architecture. He began his professional life as a Construction Field Engineer at Alarko Construction. He worked as Project Manager and Deputy General Manager at Gökyapı Industry and Trade Inc., Israel between 1997 -1999. After serving as a Project Manager position in the Akaretler Row Houses Restoration Project in Akarnet Accommodation and Investments Inc., he was appointed as VP, Project Development and Construction for Bilgili Group. He has been working as the CEO of Construction Group at Bilgili Holding since May 2017. YİĞİT SEZGİN YİĞİT SEZGİN CEO OF HOSPITALITY & TOURISM DIVISION YİĞİT SEZGİN CEO OF HOSPITALITY & TOURISM DIVISION After graduating from Bosphorus University, Yigit Sezgin completed his master’s degree at Harvard Business School. Over the past 20 years, Sezgin has lived in more than 10 countries around the globe, holding senior executive roles in multinational companies such as Hilton, Ritz-Carlton, Carlson Rezidor Group and Wilton International with a focus on commercial management, consultancy and business development. He has served as CEO of the Hospitality & Tourism Division of Bilgili Holding since July 2016, overseeing a portfolio of luxury & lifestyle real estate developments, hotels, mixed-use projects and partnerships such as Akaretler Sıraevler, Galataport, Soho House, W Istanbul Hotel, Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel, Republika Academic Aparts, Peninsula Hotel, BodrumBodrum, West Blocks, One Ortaköy and VK108. DOĞAN KAŞIKÇI DOĞAN KAŞIKÇI CEO OF REPUBLIKA ACADEMIC APARTS DOĞAN KAŞIKÇI CEO OF REPUBLIKA ACADEMIC APARTS Doğan’s expertise in sales and marketing has been built over his 15-year career in key commercial and sales roles in multinational and culturally diverse companies. His career begins as a foreign sales manager in a well-known textiles company, where he mastered traditional door-to-door B2B sales. In 2000, he joined Gillette Turkey as a sales supervisor, receiving promotions to Key Account Manager and Trade Marketing Manager roles shortly thereafter. He was recruited by Reckitt Benckiser as the head of their modern channel at the end of 2004, and appointed to an international role as their Global Trade Marketing Director in London. In 2008, he took the challenge of establishing and expanding T-box as a young general manager, where he held the responsibility of growing an emerging brand from scratch. He was chosen the third-best young CEO in 2010 for his achievements with T-box. He set up his own company and worked as a consultant and advisor for companies on Sales Force Effectiveness, Advanced Selling Skills Design, Brand Equity Building and Innovation before joining Bilgili Holding as the CEO of Republika Academic Aparts. SONER AKPINAR SONER AKPINAR VP, SALES AND MARKETING SONER AKPINAR VP, SALES AND MARKETING After graduating from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, with a degree in City and Regional Planning Soner Akpinar has previously worked in the marketing and sales departments of Soyak, Zorlu, Eroğlu and Tahincioğlu. Before joining to Bilgili Group, Akpinar was a board member of Servotel. With many years of experience in customer relations management, real estate marketing and sales, Mr.Akpinar has been serving as a Vice President of Bilgili Group in charge of Sales and Marketing.
OKAY DURMAN OKAY DURMAN VP, LEGAL DEPARTMENT OKAY DURMAN VP, LEGAL DEPARTMENT Upon graduating from the Istanbul University School of Law with a bachelor’s degree, Okay Durman earned two LLM degrees from the Istanbul University Social Sciences Institute & the University of East London. He started working as a research assistant at the Istanbul University School of Law while completing his PhD at the Istanbul University Social Sciences Institute, and then went on to work as a lecturer at Yeditepe University and Dogus University, respectively. Besides his academic life, he has worked as an in-house legal counsel at major companies including Global Investment Holdings. Today, he is the vice president of Bilgili Holding in charge of the legal department. FERCAN BAŞKAN FERCAN BAŞKAN GM, RADISSON BLU CONFERENCE & AIRPORT HOTEL ISTANBUL FERCAN BAŞKAN GM, RADISSON BLU CONFERENCE & AIRPORT HOTEL ISTANBUL Fercan Başkan started his hospitality career as a Sales Representative in 2008 at the Best Western Plus The President Hotel & Best Western Citadel Hotel. After leaving the hotel industry for two years to work as Advertisement Manager at Dijital Sanatlar, he returned as Assistant Sales Manager at the Best Western Plus The President Hotel & Best Western Citadel Hotel in September 2011. He was promoted to Sales Manager of the property in April 2012, and Director of Sales & Marketing in October 2014. In December 2014, Fercan Başkan joined Rezidor as the General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Kayseri. Başkan than joined the Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel Istanbul in December 2016 as General Manager. OLIVER KESSELER OLIVER KESSELER GENERAL MANAGER, W ISTANBUL OLIVER KESSELER GENERAL MANAGER, W ISTANBUL After graduated from Heinrich Mann Gymnasium in Cologne in 1996, Oliver has joined the Hilton International chain in 1998. Between 1998- 2006, he had worked at Front Office Manager position in Hilton Hotels in cities of Bonn, Mainz and Dusseldorf. He was promoted to Director of Operations at Hilton Sofia, Bulgaria in 2008, and then he moved to Dubai, U.A.E to the same role at Hilton Dubai the Walk in 2011. His first General Manager role was at Hilton Fujairah Resort, U.A.E. From 2015-2018 he worked at Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Mall of The Emirates as the General Manager. Oliver has been nominated and granted with awards during his Director of Operations and General Manager roles. His final awarded was “WINNER Best GM 2017 EMEA – Commercial Performance”. Oliver has been appointed as General Manager at W Istanbul as of April 2018. He is married with two children.
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