Chief Executive Officer & Chairman
Emir Ali Bilaloğlu is an engineering graduate from Die Technische Universität Berlin, with a master’s degree from the same school. Mr. Bilaloğlu started his professional career in 1991 as Financial Control and Regional Sales Manager at Audi AG headquarters in Germany.
He joined Doğuş Otomotiv in 2000 to be in charge of Business Development and Strategy, and in 2001, he relocated to United Arab Emirates as the Founding General Manager of Audi AG in Dubai. Upon his return to Turkey in 2004, Mr. Bilaloğlu was appointed General Manager - Audi and Porsche at Doğuş Otomotiv, and later the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in June 2007.
At the Ordinary General Assembly Meeting of Doğuş Otomotiv on 29 March 2018, Mr. Bilaloğlu was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Bilaloğlu also resumes his role as Chief Executive Officer of Doğuş Otomotiv since 2007.
In addition to his role as the Chairman of Doğuş Oto Pazarlama, Mr. Bilaloğlu serves as Board Member at various Doğuş Group companies including Doğuş Holding, Yüce Auto, Volkswagen Doğuş Finance (vdf), Doğuş Technology and InvenDo.
Since March 2018, Mr. Bilaloğlu has been the President of the Automotive Distributors’ Association (ODD). Mr. Bilaloğlu is also actively involved in his roles as a member of the TurkishGerman Business Council Steering Committee at DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board), which provides consultancy on foreign economic relations, and Advisory Board member of Turkey: Culture of Change Initiative (TCCI) affiliated to Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD). He is a member of the Işık University’s Board of Trustees.
Gür Çağdaş holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences from Istanbul University (1983) and a master’s degree (1985) from the same University’s School of Business Administration, Institute of Managerial Economics. He began his career in 1986 as an Investment Specialist at Eczacıbaşı Securities, and later joined Vakıflar Bankası to establish the bank’s Istanbul Securities Center, which he managed until 1990. After joining Doğuş Group in 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 respectively as General Manager, Vice Chairman, and Chairman of Garanti Asset Management. On January 1, 2016, Mr. Çağdaş was appointed as an Advisor to Chairman and Board Member in a number of Doğuş Group companies. Mr. Çağdaş has also served as the President of Turkish Institutional Investment Managers’ Association (KYD) from 2007 to 2014, during which time he represented Turkey at the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). He is currently the Vice President of the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey. He served on the Board of Turkish Institutional Investment Managers’ Association (KYD) as a member (2013- 2014) and later as Vice President (2015- 2018). He currently serves on the Boards of a number of Doğuş Group companies as member, chairman and deputy chairman, and is also a Board member at Doğuş Holding since 2019.
Koray Arıkan, a mechanical engineering graduate from Boğaziçi University, with Harvard Business School (AMP) and Virginia Commonwealth University (MBA) degrees, served in different roles such as Country Manager and Country Representative for 23 years at JP Morgan Bank. He brings extensive experience, particularly in investment banking, asset management, corporate governance and family businesses. Before his role as the Head of the Privatization Department within the Turkish Prime Ministry (1989-1991), he provided Project Engineering and Consultancy services in the USA (1983-1989). Mr. Arıkan, who joined Doğuş Group in 2014, serves as Chairman of Doğuş Energy, Advisor to the Board of Directors of Doğuş Group, Vice Chairman of Pozitif Companies, and Board Member of Doğuş SK Private Equity Fund. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of Boğaziçi University, and previously served on the Boards of Harvard Business School’s MENA Research Center (2014-2019) and Eisenhower Fellowships (2018-2020). Mr. Arıkan has taken an active role in various positions, including Board Memberships in private sector companies and several civil society organizations, and served as the President of Boğaziçi University Alumni Association (2003-2005). Arıkan, who is the Regional President of The Propeller Club of the US, is married with two children.
Özlem Denizmen Kocatepe is a graduate of industrial management at Cornell University, and holds a master’s degree from Sloan School of Management at MIT. Ms. Denizmen Kocatepe 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 various positions within Doğuş Group involving Strategy, Planning, Budgeting, Business Development and Investor Relations. Ms. Denizmen Kocatepe is currently a Board Member at Doğuş Otomotiv AŞ. In the field of community service, Ms. Denizmen Kocatepe is the founder of FODER (Financial Literacy Association) as well as “Para Durumu”, a social initiative focused on personal financing. Ms. Denizmen Kocatepe has served as a Board Member of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) since 2014. She launched Mon.Ai, a startup that developed an AI-based savings app (chatbot) in September 2017.
Adalet Yasemin Akad holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s in Organizational Behavior from the University of Ottawa. After her role as Training and Public Relations Group Head at the Bank Association of Turkey, she went on to serve as Deputy General Manager - Human Resources at Osmanlı Bank, and later İş-Tim Telekomunikasyon A.Ş (Aria), respectively. She founded her own consultancy firm in 2004, providing consultancy services to many companies on training, change management and human resources management. Following her role as Human Resources and Corporate Governance Systems Group Director at Rixos Hotels from 2009 to 2012, Ms. Akad served on the Executive Board of Carrefoursa as a member responsible for Human Resources. Since 2014, she has been serving as Executive Board Member responsible for Human Resources at Netaş Telekomünikasyon A.Ş. and Board Member at Netaş Bilişim Teknolojileri A.Ş., BDH Bilişim Destek Hizmetleri San. Tic. A.Ş., and NETRD Bilgi Teknolojileri ve Telekomünikasyon A.Ş. (Netaş subsidiaries). Ms. Akad is also a Board member at Kron Telekomunikasyon Hizmetleri A.Ş.
Adnan Memiş holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Istanbul University, and a master’s degree from the same University’s School of Business Administration, Institute of Managerial Economics. Starting his career at Garanti Bank, he served respectively, on the Inspection Board, at the Germany Liaison Office and the Accounting Department, becoming the Loans Manager on 01.01.1985. Starting in May 1991, he took senior management roles at the Bank. During his term as the Head of the Financial Restructuring Working Group within the Banks Association of Turkey, he designed the program, widely known as the Istanbul Approach. He served as a board member and chairman in the bank’s various subsidiaries. He is currently a member of the High Advisory Board of Darüşşafaka Society, where he served as a Board member from 2008 to 2014. His other memberships include the Board of Trustees of the Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Vakfı, the Advisory Board of the Institute of Managerial Economics and of various NGOs. In addition to his roles a a shareholder and Chairman in a number of companies, Mr. Memiş is also the founder of the Education, Culture and Arts Foundation.