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.

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. Having held various executive positions in companies run by the Bilgili Group from 1980 onward, 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.
ABAY, Levent ABAY, Levent CEO of Construction Group ABAY, Levent 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. SEZGİN, Yiğit SEZGİN, Yiğit CEO of Hospitality & Tourism Division SEZGİN, Yiğit CEO of Hospitality & Tourism Division After graduating from Bosphorus University, Yigit Sezgin has completed his master degree at Harvard Business School. Sezgin, has lived around the globe in over 10 countries in 20 years and held senior executive roles in multinational companies such as Hilton, Ritz Carlton, Carlson Rezidor Group, Wilton International focusing on commercial management, consultancy and business development. He has been serving as CEO of Hospitality & Tourism Division in Bilgili Holding since July 2016 and oversees a portfolio of luxury & lifestyle real estate developments, hotels, mixed use projects and partnerships such as Akaretler Sıraevler, Galataport, Soho House, W Hotel, Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel, Republika Academic Aparts, Peninsula Hotel, BodrumBodrum, West Blocks, One Ortaköy and VK108. DURMAN, Okay DURMAN, Okay VP, Legal Department DURMAN, Okay VP, Legal Department Upon graduation from Istanbul University School of Law with Bachelor’s degree, Okay Durman has earned two LLM degrees from Istanbul University Social Sciences Institute & University of East London. He started working as a research assistant at Istanbul University School of Law while completing his PhD degree in Istanbul University Social Sciences Institute. He worked as lecturer at Yeditepe University and Dogus University respectively. Besides his academic life, he has been working as an in-house legal counsel at major companies including Global Investment Holdings. Recently he has been working as the vice-president of Bilgili Holdings in charge of legal department.
KAŞIKÇI, Doğan KAŞIKÇI, Doğan CEO of Republica Academic Aparts KAŞIKÇI, Doğan CEO of Republica Academic Aparts Doğan has an expertise in sales and marketing that has been built over a 15 year career in key commercial and sales roles in multi-national and diverse-cultural companies. His career begins with foreign sales manager role in a well-known textile company where he mastered traditional door-to-door B2B sales. In 2000, he joined Gillette Turkey as sales supervisor, and promoted to Key Account Manager in 2 years and become a Trade Marketing Manager afterwards. He was recruited by Reckitt Benckiser as the head of modern channel at the end of 2004. He was appointed to an international role as 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 had the overall responsibility of an emerging brand from scratch. He was chosen the third best young CEO in 2010 for the achievements in 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 to Bilgili Holding as the CEO of Republika. He is an underwater photographer and a first Dan Aikido trainer. He is married with two children. BAŞKAN, Fercan BAŞKAN, Fercan GM, Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel Istanbul BAŞKAN, Fercan GM, Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel Istanbul Fercan Başkan, started his hospitality career as Sales Representative in 2008 at the BW PLUS The President Hotel & BW 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 BW PLUS The President Hotel & BW 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. For his most recent position, starting December 2014, Fercan Başkan joined Rezidor as he was appointed General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Kayseri. Başkan than joined Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel Istanbul in December 2016 as General Manager. HOEHN, Christian HOEHN, Christian GM, W İstanbul HOEHN, Christian GM, W İstanbul Hoehn studied tourism and hotel management in Austria and received an M.A. in Accommodation Management from Cornell University. Hoehn, who also received an e-MBA from Edingburgh University, began his career at Hotel Alfa at Switzerland in 1996. After serving in the Suisse Leading Hotels’ Carlton Hotel, Hilton Munich City, Mandarin Oriental New York, and Waldorf Astoria Caledonian, he served as the Operations Director at Hilton Abu Dhabi for three years. Subsequently, he held the position of General Director in the Hilton Group at Riyad and, in August 2014, he became the General Manager of W Istanbul.
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