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. SEVİL BİLGİLİ SİNAN TEMO BOARD MEMBER & CEO SİNAN TEMO BOARD MEMBER & CEO Graduated from Robert College in Istanbul in 2008. He moved to US to pursue his studies at University of Southern California in Los Angeles-California, US and received Bachelors of Science Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2012. He continued his education at Columbia University in New York City, US and received Masters of Science Degree in Real Estate Development in 2013. He worked briefly for Thor Equities LLC in New York at the development department as an Analyst during his last semester at Columbia University. In June 2013, Sinan moved back to Istanbul to work as an Associate at BLG Capital to help capital-raise and invest the BLG Turkish Real Estate Fund II LP. He actively worked on acquisitions, structuring and development of Ritz Carlton Residences, Galataport and Amanruya deals. His duties at BLG Capital include underwriting, business development, financing, investor reporting and asset management on all BLG Capital Portfolio Assets. In February 2016, Sinan assumed Director of Investments position at BLG Capital. In 2018 June he was a founding team member of BLG Capital’s US Platform with the execution of 685 Fifth Avenue transaction. Since then BLG Capital executed on 4 major additional deals in New York, Los Angeles and Miami markets with reaching total equity under management of $2.4bn. SEVİL BİLGİLİ BORA ERCANTÜRK BOARD MEMBER & COO BORA ERCANTÜRK BOARD MEMBER & COO Graduated from Wakefield Country High School in Virginia-United States in 2007. He continued his studies at Lynn University in Boca Raton-Florida, US and received Bachelors of Science Degree in International Business in 2011. Following his studies, he moved back to Istanbul to help co-found SBO Yatçılık and was responsible for project development until late 2013. In November 2013, he started working at Bilgili Holding as a Project Development Analyst at the Construction department and worked on the Soho House Istanbul project’s development and pre-opening phases. Aside from his duties at Bilgili Holding, he helped co-found and develop Bella Sombra Hotel in Bodrum in May 2015. Later in June 2015, he transferred to Hospitality department at Bilgili Holding where he focused on management and development of the hospitality portfolio. Since November 2018 he has been the Director of Hospitality at Bilgili Holding and has been responsible for asset management of hospitality portfolio that include W Istanbul, Soho House Istanbul, Amanruya and BH Airport Hotels. 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. SONER AKPINAR SONER AKPINAR SALES & MARKETING GROUP PRESIDENT SONER AKPINAR SALES & MARKETING GROUP PRESIDENT 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 Group President, Sales and Marketing. EYLEM FINDIK EYLEM FINDIK REPUBLIKA APARTS CEO EYLEM FINDIK REPUBLIKA APARTS CEO After attending to Marmara University, English Litrature and Education Faculty, she started working at Dedeman Antalya Hotel as Sales team member in 1993. Worked both at international brand hotels and travel agencies until started working at Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel Istanbul as Sales Executive in 1999. Worked as Senior Sales Executive, Sales Manager and Director of Sales & Marketing at the same hotel before moving in her career. Attended to Mentor Mentee programme and moved to new opening Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi – Georgia in 1999 as Assistant Executive Manager. After one year, moved to Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul. Got her first General Manager assignment at Radisson Blu Hotel Ankara in 2011. She had done 2 hotel openings, the very first Park Inn by Radisson Istanbul Atatürk Airport Hotel between 2013 – 2015 and Radisson Blu Ottomare Hotel between 2015 – 2016 years. She moved to Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, Baku Azerbaijan, worked there between 2016 and 2019. Coming back to Turkey, she worked as Project Director of rebranding of BH Conference & Airport Hotel. Finally joined to Republika Aparts Family as CEO as of July 20.
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. 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. FERCAN BAŞKAN MUSTAFA BULMUS GENERAL MANAGER / W ISTANBUL MUSTAFA BULMUS GENERAL MANAGER / W ISTANBUL After graduating from Bilkent University Tourism and Hotel Management Department in 2007, he started his career as a Sales Rep at Summit Hotel Midi Ankara and then moved to Hilton Ankara in 2008. He joined the pre-opening team at JW Marriott Ankara as a Sales Executive in 2011 where he was promoted to the Director of Sales and Marketing position in 2015. Mustafa took on the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Sales and Marketing role at The Bodrum EDITION in 2018 and he was promoted to the position of Hotel Manager in 2020 at the same property. He was also part of the pre-opening commercial support team of The Times Square EDITION and The Reykjavik EDITION between 2018 and 2020. Mustafa was appointed as the General Manager of W Istanbul in July 2021. He is married and has a daughter.
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