Senior Management

DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF OUR BANK

Süleyman TÜRETKEN - Executive Vice President for Branch Banking

He graduated from Gazi University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in 1983. Türetken who worked as Inspector, Branch Manager, Head of Department and Regional Coordinator in various institutions, started to serve as the Corporate Marketing Group President in our Bank in February 2012. From August 2016 to July 2017, he served as the Head of the Branch Banking Group. He has been serving as Executive Vice President for Branch Banking since August 2017.

Musa ARDA - Executive Vice President for Loan Allocation and Management

Musa Arda graduated from Çukurova University (Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences). He began his career at Pamukbank in 1994 as a Financial Analyst. He worked at the same bank as an Analyst, a Service Manager in various units at the headquarters and a Marketing Director at Güneşli Corporate Branch between 1994 and 2004. He joined Halkbank in 2005 as a Department Manager at the Commercial Marketing Department before working as the Head of the Financial Analysis Department, the Head of the Department of Credit Policies and Project Evaluation, the Head of the Department of Commercial Loans and most recently, as the Coordinator responsible for the İstanbul 2nd Region. He has been serving at Ziraat Bank as Executive Vice President for Loan Allocation and Management since November 2011.

M. Cengiz GÖĞEBAKAN - Executive Vice President for Loan Policies

Mehmet Cengiz Göğebakan graduated from Ankara University (Department of Economics, Faculty of Political Sciences) in 1987. He began his career at Pamukbank as an Assistant Inspector in the same year. He served at the same bank between 1994 and 2004 as a Manager of the Department of Firm Evaluation, Department of Credit Monitoring, Department of Credit Allocation, Department of Administrative Follow-up and Department of Credit Policies. He joined Halkbank on 17 November 2004 where he worked as an Executive Responsible for Retail Loans; he was promoted to the post of Assistant General Manager responsible for Risk Liquidation on 9 June 2005. He served as an Assistant General Manager for Credit Policies from 2007 to 2010 at the same bank. He worked at Anadolubank as an Assistant General Manager Responsible for Loans from May 2010 to October 2011. Mr. Göğebakan has been serving at Ziraat Bank as Executive Vice President for Loan Policies since November 2011.

Bilgehan KURU - Executive Vice President for The Management of Treasury and International Banking

Bilgehan Kuru graduated from the Middle East Technical University (Department of Mining Engineering). He studied for a master degree in finance at the Institute of Physical Sciences of the same university. He began his career as a Foreign Exchange Clerk at Halkbank, where he worked from 1986 to 1988. He joined Pamukbank in 1988 as an Assistant Specialist before serving as a Service Director and Manager of the Treasury Department at the same bank. He was appointed as the Head of the Department of Foreign Exchange and Money Markets at Halkbank in November 2004. Having held the position of Assistant General Manager for Retail Banking at Halkbank from June 2007 until July 2011, Mr. Kuru was appointed as Assistant General Manager for Treasury and Strategy Management at our Bank in July 2011 and he has been working as Executive Vice President for The Management of Treasury and International Banking since August 2014.

Alpaslan ÇAKAR - Executive Vice President for Payment Systems

He graduated from Department of Public Administration in Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences. In 1996, Çakar who started to work as an Assistant Inspector in our Bank and served as Inspector and Branch Manager and was appointed as Regional Director-in-chief in 2005. Çakar, who became the Head of Department in August 2007, served as Executive Vice President for Retail Banking, Executive Vice President for Operations, Executive Vice President for Consumer Banking and Executive Vice President for Retail Banking respectively. He served as Executive Vice President for Distribution Channels Management between January 2016 and July 2017 and he has been serving as Executive Vice President for Payment Systems since July 2017.

Ali KIRBAŞ - Executive Vice President for Banking Operations and Communication

He graduated from Department of Economics in Gazi University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. He served as a civil servant at the Central Bank Administrative Center between 1997 and 1999. In 1999, Kırbaş started to work as Assistant Inspector in the Board of Inspectors of our Bank, and worked as Inspector and Head of Inspection Board. He served as Head of Publicity and Communication Services Department between September 2008 and May 2012 and Head of Corporate Communications Department between May 2012 and July 2017. Since August 2017, he has been serving as Executive Vice President for Banking Operations and Communication.

Peyami Ömer ÖZDİLEK – Executive Vice President for Interior Operations

He graduated from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the Middle East Technical University. He joined Ziraat Bank as an Assistant Inspector in 1996. After working in various positions in the inspection staff, Mr. Özdilek has carried out his activities as Manager of London Branch, as Manager of Gayrettepe Branch, as Head of Human Resources Department, as Executive Vice President for Financial Coordination and Human Resources Department. As of October 2018, he is working as Executive Vice President for Interior Operations.

Yüksel CESUR – Executive Vice President for Internal Systems

Yüksel Cesur graduated from Boğaziçi University, Faculty of Economics & Administrative Sciences. He has begun to work in our Bank in 1996 as an Assistant Inspector, and later on he has been appointed as the Inspector. He has performed his duty as the Head of Department of Training Section since 2005. Mr. Cesur who was appointed to the Department of Treasury Operations in 2007 has served thereafter as the Head of Agricultural Marketing Group. Appointed as the Head of the Board of Inspectors in September 2013, Mr. Cesur has been serving as Executive Vice President for Internal Systems since April 2014.

GROUP MANAGERS

Battal ARSLAN - Corporate Branch Banking Group

He graduated from Faculty of Economics in Istanbul University in 1989. He completed his Master's Degree at Boğaziçi University. He worked as the Corporate and Commercial Branch Manager at Esbank, Finansbank and Eurobank and as the Güneşli Regional Manager at ABN-Amro Bank. Arslan who joined our Bank in 2012 and served as Şişli Commercial Branch, Güneşli Corporate Branch Manager and Head of Credits Allocation and Management respectively, worked as Corporate Marketing Group President between September 2016 and July 2017. He has been serving as Corporate Branch Banking Group President since July, 2017.

Turgut GÜLCİHAN - Cash and Product Management Group

He graduated from the Department of Political Sciences and Public Administration in Middle East Technical University. He worked as an Inspector, Manager and Head of Department at private and public banks as of 1996. In November 2011, he started to work as Entrepreneur Marketing Group President in our Bank. Gülcihan who served as Branch Banking Group President between 2014 and 2016, has been working as Cash and Product Management Group President since July 2017.

Dr. İlker MET - Head of Enterprise Architecture Group

Born in 1974 in Erzurum, İlker Met is a top-ranked graduate of Middle East Technical University, Department of Geological Engineering. Having his master's degree from the same department in 1999, Mr. Met also had an MBA degree from Sakarya University. He completed his PHD at Military Academy in technology management field as the first-ranked graduate. Starting his career at Middle East Technical University in 1996, Mr. Met joined Ziraat Bank in 2000 as an Assistant Expert. After performing as an Expert, Supervisor, Project Management Department Manager and Senior Vice President respectively, Mr. Met is the Head of Enterprise Architecture Group since May 2015.

Savaş KÖLEMEN - Entrepreneurial Loans Allocation and Management Group

He graduated from the Statistics Department in the Middle East University in 1995. He worked at various tasks and positions at Pamukbank T.A.Ş. between 1997 and 2004 and at Türkiye Halk Bankası A.Ş. between 2004 and 2013. Kölemen, who started to work as a Manager in the Loans and Allocation Management section of our bank, performed the duty of 3rd Section President for Entrepreneurial Loans. KÖLEMEN, who was appointed as Head of Entrepreneurial Loans Allocation and Management-3 as of August 2014, has been serving as Entrepreneurial Loans Allocation and Management Group President since July, 2017.

Fikrettin AKSU - Head of Human Resources Group

In 1979, he graduated from the Business Administration Department of the Administrative Sciences Faculty of Kütahya of the Eskişehir Academy of Financial and Commercial Sciences. He worked at various institutions between 1980 and 1984. Later on in 1984, he started to work in Ziraat Bank. Between 1984 and 2014 he worked at various positions in the Bank and Mr. Aksu has carried out his activities as General Manager at Ziraat Hayat Emeklilik A.Ş., Ziraat Sigorta A.Ş and Ziraat Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. As of October 2018, he is working as the Head of Human Resources Group.