Mr. Aclan Acar is a graduate of Ankara Faculty of Economics and Commercial Sciences and holds a master’s degree in Banking and Insurance from the same university, and a master’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University in the United States. Mr. Aclan Acar began his career in 1974 at Halk Bank, and from 1978 to 1990 continued his career in the field of banking at the Central Bank of Turkey. After joining Doğuş Group in 1990, Mr. Aclan Acar initially held the position of Assistant General Manager Responsible for Garanti Bank Treasury and Financial Institutions in the group. He acted as the General Manager of Bank Ekspres, from 1994 to 1996; Osmanlı Bank General Manager, from 1996 to 2000; Tansaş Chairman of Board of Directors, from 2001 to 2005, and, Garanti Sigorta A.Ş. and Garanti Emeklilik A.Ş. Chairman of the Board from 2002 to 2006. Since April 2000, he has been serving as a Member of the Board of Doğuş Holding, as well as Chairman of Board of Doğuş Otomotiv Servis ve Ticaret A.Ş. and Doğuş Oto Pazarlama A.Ş. since February 2006. Mr. Acar is also a member of Doğuş Otomotiv Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee, Early Risk Detection Committee, and Remuneration Committee.
Mr. Murat Aka completed his undergraduate studies in the Department of Business Administration at the Middle East Technical University (1984) and his graduate studies in the Department of Management at the Boğaziçi University (1987). In 2007, he completed the 172nd session of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Having joined the Group in 1987, Mr. Aka is still a Board Member at Dogus Otomotiv and a Member of its Early Risk Detection Committee, additionally executing his position as a Board Member and Head of the Audit/Risk Committee of Dogus Oto Pazarlama, VDF Financing, Factoring, Insurance and Fleet Leasing Companies. Mr. Aka is concurrently the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Doğuş Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı, Doğuş Spor Yatırımları and Doğuş Sigorta Aracılık Hizmetleri A.Ş, and a Member of the Board of DGS Protection and Private Security Services Company.
After his graduation from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Economics, Nezihi Alptürk began working as an analyst for Azot Sanayi A.Ş. He joined the Central Bank of Turkey in 1976 where he served in various roles including researcher, manager and advisor to the president until 1988. After working as a Management Consultant to the management of several companies, he joined Garanti Securities in 1991, and served as Assistant General Manager, and corporate financing, research, and foreign marketing operations advisor until 1995. He served as the Head of Budget Planning and Business Development at Doğuş Holding from 1996 to 2000, while also working as Vice Chairman and General Manager of Körfez Yatırım A.Ş. in the same period. Since 1999, Mr. Alptürk has been an Executive Board member, and later an advisor at Doğuş Holding A.Ş. He is currently serving as Board member in a number of companies within the Doğuş Group. Nezihi Alptürk has been serving as Deputy Chairman of Doğuş Otomotiv and Doğuş Oto since March 2016.
Graduating as an honor-roll student and receiving the President’s Recognition Award for student leadership from Boğaziçi University, Department of Industrial Engineering, Mr. Yılmaz Argüden received his Ph.D in strategic analyses from the RAND Graduate School with General Distinction. Since 2012, Mr. Argüden has been an Independent Board Member, Head of the Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee and the Early Risk Detection Committee, as well as a member of the Audit Committee at Doğuş Otomotiv. Mr. Yılmaz Argüden also serves as Chairman of the Boards of ARGE Consulting and Rothschild - Turkey. He is the founder of the non-profit Argüden Governance Academy, and was elected the Chair of the Global Compact Local Networks Advisory Group. He was selected as one of the “100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum for his commitment to improve the quality of life.
Mr. Ali Bilaloğlu is a graduate of Die Technische Universität Berlin Engineering Faculty and holds a master’s degree from the same faculty. Mr. Ali Bilaloğlu chairs the Executive Board of Doğuş Otomotiv, and also serves as a Member of the Board in Doğuş Otomotiv Servis ve Ticaret A.Ş., Doğuş Oto Pazarlama A.Ş., Yüce Auto, DMS (Doğuş Customer Systems) and D-Auto Suisse SA, which offers Porsche authorized sales and after-sales services in Lausanne. Mr. Ali Bilaloğlu plays an active role both in the Steering Committee of the Automotive Distributors Association (ODD) of Turkey and, since 2008, in DEIK, a consultancy board on foreign economic relations.
Gür Çağdaş, born 1962, graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Sciences in 1983, and completed his graduate studies at the same University’s Faculty of Business Administration, Institute of Managerial Economics in 1985. He began his career in 1986 as an Investment Specialist at Eczacıbaşı Securities, and later joined Vakıflar Bankası in 1988 to establish the bank’s Istanbul Securities Center, which he managed until 1990. After joining Doğuş Group in May 1990, he served in a number of roles including Group Manager of Capital Markets at Birleşik Türk Körfez Bank, Assistant General Manager at Garanti Securities, and Garanti Investment and Trade Bank, and from June 1997 as General Manager, Vice Chairman and later Chairman of Garanti Asset Management. Since January 1, 2016 Mr. Çağdaş has been serving as an Advisor to the President, Board Member of Doğuş Enerji Toptan Elektrik Tic. A.Ş. and Doğuş Sigorta Tic. A.Ş. within the Doğuş Group. Mr. Çağdaş has also served as the President of Turkish Institutional Investment Managers’ Association (KYD) from February 2007 to 2014 and represented Turkey at the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). He is currently the Vice President of the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD).
Mr. Ferruh Eker is a graduate of Adana Academy of Commercial Sciences, and completed the 156th session of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. In 1979, Mr. Ferruh Eker served in the Garanti Bank Supervisory Commission and acted in a number of different positions in the bank. After serving as the General Manager of Garanti Leasing and Garanti Faktoring, Mr. Ferruh Eker left Doğuş Group in 2004 and founded, as well as chaired, Turde Real Estate Development and Mining, Inc. Mr. Ferruh Eker re-joined Doğuş Group in March 2012 and is now serving as an Independent Board Member at Doğuş Otomotiv and as Head of the Audit Committee.
Mrs. Özlem Denizmen Kocatepe is a graduate of Cornell University, Department of Industrial Management and holds a master’s degree from Sloan School of Management at MIT. Mrs. Denizmen also attended the “Influencing Techniques” program at Stanford; “Leadership” program at GE Crotonville, and the “Advanced Management” program at Harvard Business School. Since 2000, she has served in a variety of positions within Doğuş Group; including Strategy, Planning, Budgeting, Business Development and Investor Relations. Mrs. Denizmen is currently a Board Member of Doğuş Otomotiv. In the area of community service, Mrs. Denizmen is the founder of FODER- Financial Literacy Association; and of “Para Durumu”, a social initiative focusing on personal financing. Mrs. Özlem Denizmen started serving as a Board Member of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in 2014.
Graduate of METU Administrative Sciences Faculty Department of Economics, Mrs. Gülden Özgül served as the Coordinator of Central Operations at Ottoman Bank. Between 2001 and 2008, Mrs. Emine Gülden Özgül was the Asst. General Manager of Oyakbank responsible for Operations, Project Management, and Quality. In 2008, when Oyakbank was bought by ING Bank, Mrs. Emine Özgül continued her work there in the same capacity. Experienced in the improvement of operational processes, efficiency, and restructuring, Mrs. Gülden Özgül has been an independent Board Member at Doğuş Otomotiv and Head of the Remuneration Committee since March 2013.