MANAGEMENT

SERDAR BİLGİLİ

CHAIRMAN

After graduating from Robert College, Serdar Bilgili earned a degree in Business Administration and Photography from the University of Redlands, California. He served as general secretary and a board member of the Besiktas Sports Club (BJK) from 1992-1998, and was President of the Club from 2000-2004. He has hosted two photography exhibitions in the United States, and one in Istanbul called “Despite the Barriers,” which was published in a 2007 book of the same name.

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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 between 1976 and 1989. She is currently the Vice President of Bilgili Group, managing construction and project management activities. SEVİL BİLGİLİ SEVİL BİLGİLİ BOARD MEMBER SEVİL BİLGİLİ BOARD MEMBER 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 & SENIOR ADVISOR CAN NATAN BOARD MEMBER & SENIOR ADVISOR After graduating from the Istanbul University School of Law, Can obtained an LL.M. in International Business Law from the University of Manchester. He is a partner at Özcan & Natan Attorney Partnership, and has been serving as a board member and senior advisor to Bilgili Holding since 2016. GÜLAY TAHMAZ GÜLAY TAHMAZ BOARD MEMBER & CFO GÜLAY TAHMAZ BOARD MEMBER & CFO After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Anadolu University, Gülay Tahmaz began working in the financial affairs department at Istanbul’s Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in 1994. She joined Bilgili Group in 2000 as the income auditor of Radisson SAS Conference & Airport Hotel Istanbul, and was appointed financial controller in 2004. Tahmaz became the finance director of W Istanbul in 2007, and transferred to Bilgili Holding as managing director in 2010. She has held the CFO role at Bilgili Holding since 2012, and has been a board member since 2017.
LEVENT ABAY LEVENT ABAY CEO, CONSTRUCTION GROUP LEVENT ABAY CEO, CONSTRUCTION GROUP After completing his Bachelor’s degree at Istanbul Technical University’s Faculty of Architecture, Levent Abay began his professional career as a construction field engineer at Alarko Construction. He worked as a project manager and deputy general manager at Gökyapı Industry and Trade Inc. in Israel from 1997-1999, and served as project manager in the Akaretler Row Houses restoration project with Akarnet Accommodation and Investments Inc. He was then appointed VP, Project Development and Construction for Bilgili Group, and has been working as the CEO of Construction Group at Bilgili Holding since 2017. DOĞAN KAŞIKÇI DOĞAN KAŞIKÇI CEO, REPUBLIKA ACADEMIC APARTS DOĞAN KAŞIKÇI CEO, 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 & MARKETING SONER AKPINAR VP, SALES & MARKETING After graduating from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, with a degree in City and Regional Planning, Soner Akpinar worked in the marketing and sales departments of Soyak, Zorlu, Eroğlu and Tahincioğlu. Before joining Bilgili Group, he was a board member of Servotel. With many years of experience in customer relations management, real estate, marketing and sales, he now serves as Bilgili Group’s VP, Sales and Marketing.
CEREN ARSLAN CEREN ARSLAN VP, LEGAL CEREN ARSLAN VP, LEGAL After graduating from the Marmara University Law Faculty, Ceren Arslan obtained an LL.M in private law from the Marmara University and continues her doctorate education. Ceren Arslan, mainly served as a consultant to the production, procurement, retail, real estate and transportation sectors during her professional life. She worked as legal adviser in multinational companies such as CarrefourSA and Klépierre SA. She joined Bilgili Holding as a VP for Legal Affairs Department as of March 2020. BANUHAN OKTAYMEN BANUHAN OKTAYMEN VP, INTERNAL AUDIT BANUHAN OKTAYMEN VP, INTERNAL AUDIT After graduating from Istanbul University’s Faculty of Economics, Banuhan Oktaymen began her professional career with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She spent 6 years in PwC’s Istanbul office, with a concentration in SOX, risk management, BRSA audits, treasury reviews and financial reporting. She was appointed the internal audit manager at TAV Havalimanları Holding A.Ş., and took an active role in TAV’s Holding Strategy Committee. She worked as an internal audit director at U.N. Ro-Ro İşletmeleri A.Ş., and joined Bilgili Holding as VP, Internal Audit in early 2019. OLIVER KESSELER OLIVER KESSELER GENERAL MANAGER, W ISTANBUL OLIVER KESSELER GENERAL MANAGER, W ISTANBUL Between 1998 and 2006, Oliver worked the front office manager position at Hilton properties in Bonn, Mainz and Dusseldorf. He was promoted to director of operations at the Hilton Sofia in 2008, moved into the same role at the Hilton Dubai The Walk in 2011, and took on the general manager role at the Hilton Garden Inn Dubai, Mall of The Emirates, in 2015. Oliver was appointed general manager of W Istanbul in early 2018. FERCAN BAŞKAN MAKIS ANTONATOS GENERAL MANAGER, SOHO HOUSE MAKIS ANTONATOS GENERAL MANAGER, SOHO HOUSE After graduating from Athens Technical Education Institute Tourism Management in 2005, he started his career at Hotel Crowne Plaza Brussels. Between 2005 and 2010, he worked as Front Office Executive in 5-star hotels in Belgium and Athens. He worked as the Front Office Manager in 2011 and he was promoted to the Assistant Hotel Manager in 2012 at the Starwood Hotels & Resorts group. He took on the General Manager role between 2013 and 2016 in the same group. He worked as General Manager at Bodrum Caresse a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, which belongs to the Marriott International group between 2016 and 2018. Makis was appointed as the General Manager of Soho House Istanbul in December 2018. He is married and has a daughter. FERCAN BAŞKAN FERCAN BAŞKAN GENERAL MANAGER, BH CONFERENCE & AIRPORT HOTEL, ISTANBUL FERCAN BAŞKAN GENERAL MANAGER, BH CONFERENCE & AIRPORT HOTEL, ISTANBUL Fercan Baskan, graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University Television Journalism Department, stepped into the hotel industry in 2008. Baskan started his career at BW Plus The President Hotel & BW Citadel Hotel with the role of Sales Representative. He continued his duties as Assistant Sales Manager, Sales Manager and Sales & Marketing Director respectively. He joined the Radisson Hotel Group in 2014 and served as General Manager at Radisson BLU Hotel Kayseri, Radisson BLU Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul and Radisson BLU Hotel Vadistanbul hotels in the company. Fercan Baskan joined Bilgili Holding as the General Manager of BH Conference & Airport Hotel Istanbul as of February 2020.
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