● Zorlu Holding A.Ş. takes utmost care in protecting your legal rights. As such, it is advised to read and assess the following.
● Zorlu Holding A.Ş. and group companies shall keep your personal information strictly confidential and shall not allow them to be used by any third party for commercial purposes. The personal information acquired shall be kept exclusively in the databases of Zorlu Holding A.Ş. and group companies.
● The personal information shared by visitors of the website may be used by Zorlu Holding A.Ş. and affiliates under the following circumstances:
1. Evaluating job applications during a hiring process
2. Delivering purchased goods and/or rewards
● Zorlu Holding A.Ş. has the right to disclose visitor information only in the following circumstances:
1. Providing goods and services as demanded by the visitor
2. By court decision, demands by administrative authorities or due to legal procedures
● Zorlu Holding A.Ş and group companies do not provide any guarantee about the privacy policies of third party websites which can be accessed through the links provided in their websites. Thus, privacy policies of the websites in question should be checked individually.
● All visitors shall be considered to have read and agreed to these terms.
● Zorlu Holding may unilaterally change the information stated here without any prior notice.
● All visitors to the Zorlu Holding A.Ş. website shall be considered to have read and agreed to the following terms applicable to any and all parts of the website:
1. The contents (all information and documents including any design, brand, logo and audio, image, text) of the website may not be reproduced, copied, transferred, published, distributed, sent or be attached to any other website or document without written permission. All intellectual property rights on the website including all copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patent rights are reserved and may not be used without written permission from the owner.
2. The visitor is responsible for any damage that may arise due to not reading or complying with these terms. No legal or criminal responsibility falls on Zorlu Holding A.Ş. and associates or authorized persons and institutions preparing/designing/managing/running the website.
3. Zorlu Holding A.Ş. and group companies are not responsible for any damage or virus infection to the computer or any other property of visitors caused by accessing and using the website and downloading any sort of media including information or documents that include audio, video or text from the website.
4. All information, statistical data, charts and values are acquired from sources credible under general practices and their sufficiency or accuracy is in no way guaranteed by Zorlu Holding. Zorlu Holding A.Ş. and group companies are not responsible for any damage caused by the usage of these data.
5. Zorlu Holding A.Ş. and group companies cannot be held responsible for any outages, delays or mistakes relating to the publishing of the website or any associated damages.
6. Zorlu Holding A.Ş. and group companies are not responsible for and do not guarantee the safety of any third party website which can be accessed through a link on their websites.
7. Responsibility for damages caused by any actions of minors under 18 and wards without permission from their legal guardians does not fall on Zorlu Holding or group companies.
8. In the case of a comment or other user content on the website infringing on the rights of a third party, Zorlu Holding will not be responsible for the damages provided the illegal content is removed within the appointed time after a written notice is given.
9. Zorlu Holding may unilaterally change the information stated here without any prior notice.
PERSONAL DATA PROCESSING
This Privacy Notice has been prepared in order to set forth the principles regarding the processing of your personal data which you have shared with Zorlu Holding A.Ş. (“Holding”) as the data controller in accordance with the Law on the Protection of Personal Data numbered 6698 (“Law”).
1. Processing Purpose
Your personal data is processed in accordance with articles 5 and 6 of the Law for the purposes of conducting the necessary operational activities for the provision of services and products provided by our Holding and our companies within the Holding, carrying out necessary works with the relevant business unit and business partners for offering you personalized products and services that is appropriate for your consuming and purchasing motivations, ensuring the rights of real persons by receiving human resources management services from the Holding, taking the necessary actions for the Holding to deliver, execute and realize commercial decisions, providing the legal security of our Holding arising from such relations.
2. Third Parties the Personal Data is Transferred to and Purposes of Transfer
Your personal data is transferred to group companies of our Holding and its affiliates, our business partners, suppliers, authorized public institutions and private persons in accordance with articles 8 and 9 of the Law for the purposes of conducting the necessary operational activities for the provision of services and products provided by our Holding and our companies within the Holding, carrying out necessary works with the relevant business unit and business partners for offering you personalized products and services that is appropriate for your consuming and purchasing motivations, ensuring the rights of real persons by receiving human resources management services from the Holding, taking the necessary actions for the Holding to deliver, execute and realize commercial decisions, providing the legal security of our Holding arising from such relations.
3. Methods for Collection of Personal Data and Related Legal Reasons
Our Holding collects your personal data through several channels and based on several legal reasons in order to use such personal data for the aforementioned purposes. Your personal data may be processed and transferred in accordance with the principles and purposes set forth in articles 5 and 6 of the Law.
4. Your Rights Under the Law
As per article 11 of the Law, as data subjects you are entitled to;
• Learn whether or not your personal data are being processed,
• Request further information if your personal data have been processed,
• Learn the purpose of processing and whether or not data are being processed in compliance with such purpose,
• Learn the third party recipients to whom your data are disclosed within the country and abroad,
• Request rectification of processed personal data which is incomplete or inaccurate request notification of third parties to whom your personal data are disclosed, about such process,
• Request erasure or destruction of data in case the data is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which the personal data was collected, despite being processed in line with the Law or any other related law and request notification of third parties to whom your personal data are disclosed, about such process,
• Object to unfavorable results of analysis of processed personal data solely by automatic means,
• Demand compensation for damages suffered as a result of an unlawful processing operation.
You may communicate your requests regarding your rights to the Levent 199, Büyükdere Cad. No:199 34394 Şişli/İstanbul address where our Holding is located in writing together with documents that will allow the Holding to confirm your identity via registered letter with return receipt. Our Holding will evaluate and conclude your request at least within 30 (thirty) days as stated under the Law. The aforementioned process is principally free of charge however, our Holding reserves the right to request for a fee based on the tariff determined by the Data Protection Authority.
- AHMET NAZİF ZORLU
- CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Born in the Babadağ county of Turkey’s Denizli province in 1944, Ahmet Zorlu started his business life at an early age working in textiles, his father’s profession. A textile trade in the store he opened in Trabzon in the early years of his business life grew to become the foundations of Zorlu Holding after Ahmet Zorlu relocated the company headquarters in İstanbul in 1970. Establishing Korteks, his first manufacturing company, in 1976, Ahmet Zorlu gathered all of his companies under the roof of Zorlu Holding in 1990. Adding the Vestel brand to Zorlu Holding in 1994, he opened the door to new lines of business. Zorlu’s entrepreneurialism which began with textile industry went on to manifest itself in more companies operating in highly diverse fields such as white goods, electronics, property development, energy, metallurgy, and defense.
With a keen interest in civil society work, Ahmet Zorlu holds memberships in the Board of Directors of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK), the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), the Education and Culture Foundation of the Society of Denizli (DENBİR), the Babadağ Industry and Business Association (BASİAD), and the Turkish Home Textiles Industry and Business Association (TETSİAD).
Ahmet Zorlu conducts his social responsibility work through the Mehmet Zorlu Education, Health, Culture, and Solidarity Foundation (MZV) he founded in 1999 which has given scholarships to a large number of students and had many schools built.
Ahmet Zorlu attaches a great deal of importance to the social efforts intended to boost the Turkish business world’s effectiveness abroad. He was awarded the Royal Spanish Order of Civil Merit by King Juan Carlos I of Spain in 2007 for his endeavors to develop and consolidate relations between Spain and Turkey.
Ahmet Zorlu is married with three children.
- ZEKİ ZORLU
- VICE CHAIRMAN
Born in the Babadağ county of Turkey’s Denizli province in 1939, Zeki Zorlu carried the profession of weaving he had taken up as a child over to the realm of commerce with the first store the family opened in Trabzon. Adding manufacturing to their list of operations following the company headquarters’ relocation in İstanbul in 1970, Zeki Zorlu laid the foundations of Korteks in Bursa in 1976. Establishing Zorlu Holding together with his brother Ahmet Zorlu and making Vestel a part of it in 1994, Zeki Zorlu played a key role in the establishment and acquisition of numerous companies in the industries of energy, tourism, and property development.
In addition to his current status as the Vice Chairman of Zorlu Holding, Zeki Zorlu chairs various group companies in the industries of textile, energy, and property development.
Actively engaged in the work of non-governmental organizations, Zeki Zorlu is the Vice Chairman of the Textile Industry Assembly of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). Having served two years on the Board of Directors of the Bursa Industry and Business Association (BUSİAD), Zeki Zorlu is a member of the International Patent Cooperation Union, the Bursa Disaster Association (BURAD), the Foundation for the Empowerment of the Uludağ University, the Turkish Society for Quality (KALDER), the Association of Artificial Synthetic Fiber Manufacturers (SUSEB), the Bursa Research Foundation, and the Association for International Competition and Technology.
Zeki Zorlu is married with three children.
- OLGUN ZORLU
- BOARD MEMBER
Born in Trabzon in 1965, Olgun Zorlu completed his education in the UK where he studied textiles and business administration. Stepping into the business life in 1986, Olgun Zorlu started filling executive posts in the companies of Zorlu Holding as of 1988, managing their foreign operations in market research and the development of new practices.
Joining the Zorlu Holding Board of Directors as a member in 1998, Olgun Zorlu also holds a member’s seat on the boards of the other companies in the holding.
Olgun Zorlu is married with two children.
- MEHMET EMRE ZORLU
- BOARD MEMBER
Born in Istanbul in 1984, Mehmet Emre Zorlu completed Koç University’s Electrical and Electronics Engineering Program in 2006. Finishing the Master Program in Innovation and Technology Management of the Essex University in the UK, he began working for the Vestel Group of Companies in 2009.
Getting a membership on the Vestel Elektronik Board of Directors in 2009, Emre
Zorlu also holds a member’s seat on the Zorlu Holding board and the boards of the other companies in the holding.
Mehmet Emre Zorlu is a member of the Young Businessmen Association of Turkey (TÜGİAD), and Endeavor Türkiye.
Mehmet Emre Zorlu is married with one child.
- SELEN ZORLU MELİK
- BOARD MEMBER
Born in Trabzon in 1975, Selen Zorlu Melik graduated from the Business Administration Department of Uludağ University’s Faculty of Economic and Administrative Science. Stepping into the business life at the Bursa branch of Denizbank, a Zorlu Holding company, in 1998, Selen Zorlu Melik filled various posts at the General Directorate of Denizbank. She attended the Marketing Degree Program at the University of California in 2001. Taking up a post in Korteks İplik, which manufactures thread, in 2002, Selen Zorlu Melik has been the Deputy Head of the Zorlu Energy Group and a board member in the Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş., a power producer, since 2005 along with her board memberships in various companies of Zorlu Holding. She has been acting as the Deputy Group Head for the Zorlu Energy Group since April 2012.
Selen Zorlu Melik is married and a mother of three.
- ÖMER YÜNGÜL
Born in İzmir in 1955, Ömer Yüngül finished the Boğaziçi University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1978. Kicking off his career at the construction company
Tekfen İnşaat, Yüngül filled various managerial posts in Metaş, Faz Elektrik, and Merloni Elettrodomestici. Joining Zorlu Holding as the General Manager of Vestel Beyaz Eşya, a white goods manufacturer, in 1997, Yüngül became Chairman of the Vestel Executive Board in 2000. Following a successful 15 years in Vestel management, Yüngül became the first CEO of Zorlu Holding in 2013.
Speaking fluent English and Italian, Ömer Yüngül is married with one child.
- TURAN ERDOĞAN
- CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, VESTEL GROUP
Born in Mersin in 1955, Turan Erdoğan graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of İstanbul Technical University in 1976. Following graduate studies at Brunel University in the UK in 1979, Erdoğan returned to Turkey where he did managerial jobs in various companies in the private sector. He has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the Vestel Group of Companies since 1 January 2013.
Heading TURKTRADE from 2002-2006, Erdoğan is the first Turkish board member to serve on DIGITALEUROPE, the largest ICT confederation in Europe. He has been serving in this post since 2010.
- NECAT ALTIN
- ZORLU TEXTILES GROUP HEAD
Born in Bursa in 1966, Necat Altın graduated from Textile Engineering Department of Uludağ University in 1987. Altın started his career at a Zorlu Holding company, Korteks A.Ş., in 1992. Necat Altın, took part in world’s largest polyester yarn production facilities as the Project Coordinator and fulfilled a highly important function for the timely completion of the project. After working as Deputy General Manager in charge of production between 1999 and 2004, Necat Altın was then appointed as General Manager of Korteks in 2004. Altın, who worked as Vice President of Zorlu Holding Textile Group since 2016, has become Zorlu Holding Textile Group President as of 01.01.2018. Altın, was board member at several nongovernmental organizations like Turkish Synthetic Yarn Producers Union and Bursa Organized Industrial Zone Industrialists and Businessmen Association (BOSİAD), and he has been acting as the Board Chairman of the European Man-Made Fiber Association, one of the world’s leading man-made and synthetic yarn platforms since November 2017.
Fluent in English language, Necat Altın is married with two children.
- MESUT PEKTAŞ
- ZORLU REAL ESTATE GROUP HEAD
Starting to work for the government in 1979, Pektaş was assigned successively as Assistant Auditor, Auditor, and Chief Auditor on the Finance Ministry’s Audit Board before transferring to the private sector in 1990. He filled high-level management posts in Petrol Ofisi, MedUnion Containers, and Al Baraka Türk.
Taking up an assignment as Deputy Secretary General in the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality in 1996, Pektaş served as Chief of the Disaster Coordination Center (AKOM), board member in the İstanbul World Trade Center, and chairman of the sea bus company (İDO), the natural gas distribution company (İGDAŞ), and the bread company (Halk Ekmek). Following a stint as Secretary General in the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality between 2005 and 2009, he became Head of the Zorlu Property Group in July 2009.
Aktaş speaks English, French, and Arabic. He is married with two children.
- SİNAN AK
- ZORLU ENERGY GROUP HEAD
(1971 - Ankara) Sinan Ak graduated from the Department of Business Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 1995 and received his master’s degree in business administration from Old Dominion University in the United States. He began his career as an investment specialist at Evgin Yatırım Menkul Değerler, a brokerage firm, in 1995 and joined Zorlu Group in 2000, where he served as the finance chief at Vestel Komünikasyon until 2002 and as finance manager at Vestel Beyaz Eşya between 2002-2006. Mr. Ak joined Zorlu Energy Group in 2006 and served as the Assistant General Manager responsible for Financial Affairs at Zorlu Enerji until January 2012, when he was appointed as the Company’s General Manager and also served as the General Manager of two other Zorlu Energy Group companies: Zorlu O&M Enerji Tesisleri İşletme ve Bakım Hizmetleri AŞ and Zorlu Endüstriyel ve Enerji Tesisleri İnşaat Ticaret AŞ.
Sinan Ak, was appointed as Sector Head of the Zorlu Energy Group in December 2016.
- ORHAN YILMAZ
- MINING GROUP PRESIDENT
Born in Kayseri in 1960, Orhan Yılmaz graduated from the Chemical Engineering Department of Gazi University in 1984. After completing his post-graduate and graduate studies in the same University, Yılmaz started his career as an engineer at the boron and acid factories of Etibank in 1986. He worked as chief engineer, principal engineer and organization manager in the same company before assuming the post of deputy manager in 2003. And in 2004, Yılmaz was appointed as General Manager and at the same time Chairman of Eti Maden, the biggest mining corporation of Turkey, which positions he maintained until 2015. Yılmaz worked as Counsellor at the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources between 2015 and 2017, and was appointed as Zorlu Mining Group President on January 2017. Orhan Yılmaz is single with three children.
- CEM KÖKSAL
- FINANCIAL AFFAIRS GROUP HEAD.
Born in Ankara in 1967, Cem Köksal graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University in 1988. Following post-graduate work in Bilkent University, he filled posts at various levels in İnterbank from 1990-1997 and in Denizbank from 1997-2002. Köksal has been the Financial Affairs Group Head in Zorlu Holding since 2002.
Cem Köksal is married and has two children.
- NECMİ KAVUŞTURAN
- HUMAN RESOURCES GROUP HEAD
Born in Kilis on 1 February 1956, Necmi Kavuşturan finished İstanbul High School followed by Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Science. Embarking upon his career as a specialist with the İş Bank of Turkey in 1979, Kavuşturan became Deputy General Manager of İnterbank in 1985, supervising projects involving management trainee programs, open performance systems, and total quality management. From 1997 to 2003, he served as Denizbank’s Deputy General Manager in charge of Management Services, running the bank’s advertising, public relations, construction, and purchasing departments. Since 2003, Kavuşturan has been working for Zorlu Holding as Human Resources Group Head and filling a member’s seat on the Executive Board of the Vestel Group of Companies and the Board of Directors of Zorlu Property.
Necmi Kavuşturan is married with one child.
- MURAT ZEREN
- CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Following BS and MS studies in Bilkent University’s Electrical/Electronic Engineering Department, Murat Zeren did his PhD in the Ohio State University in the USA. Heading R&D and software teams in Alcatel Teletaş, Telsim, and Oksijen Teknoloji upon returning to Turkey, Zeren ventured into the academic world as an Assistant Professor at the Computer Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University from 2002 to2004 during which period he served as arbitrator and consultant on the projects of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). Having occupied managerial positions at various levels with the Ülker Group, Argela Teknoloji, and Türk Telekom, Zeren had been working as Technology Group Head in Doğan Online before joining Zorlu Holding.
Murat Zeren is married with one child.
- BURAK İ. OKAY
- CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
Born in Ankara in 1967, Burak İ. Okay completed his middle school and high school education at TED Ankara College before graduating from Ankara University Law Faculty in 1990. Okay completed International Law Program in New York and started working as a lawyer at the Legal Consultancy Department of Türkiye İş Bankası (Isbank). He then worked as Associate Counsel at Garanti Bankası (Garanti Bank), as Legal Consultant at MNG Bank, as Legal Affairs Director at Nortel Networks Netaş, and as partner at Bener Law Office. Okay joined Zorlu Group in 2006 and restructured the Holding’s Law Department which serves all companies of the Holding. In addition to his position as the President of the Law Group, he has also been a board member at Zorlu Enerji since 2007. Burak İ. Okay is married with two children.
- BİLLUR DEMET ATAN
- AUDIT GENERAL MANAGER
Graduating from İstanbul University’s Faculty of Business Administration in 1986, Billur Demet Atan received her MA in international management from the same department in 1988 before she started working for Ernst&Young as a freelance auditor. Employed in Ernst&Young’s Chicago office in 1995 and 1996, Atan became an audit partner in 1998. Assigned as Ernst&Young Turkey’s Country Independence Leader from 2000-2012, she joined Zorlu Holding in 2013 to oversee the holding’s work on internal audits, tax audits, and financial audits.
Atan, an English speaker, is a member of the Certified Public Accountants Association of Turkey, the İstanbul Chamber of Freelance Accountants and Financial Advisors, and the Turkish Internal Audit Institute.
- ARZU PİŞKİNOĞLU
- INTERNAL CONTROL GENERAL MANAGER
After graduating from Üsküdar American Academy, Arzu Pişkinoğlu completed her undergraduate study at the Economy Department of Boğaziçi University before starting her Professional career as an independent auditor at Ernst & Young. Pişkinoğlu then worked as Quality Assurance Department manager at Citibank Retail Banking and she was assigned as manager at Ernst & Young’s Consultancy Department. In this position, Pişkinoğlu gave consultancy service to many domestic and foreign companies engaged in diverse fields on many subjects including internal control, process development, risk management, internal audit, harmonization and financial transformation and became Consultancy Department Partner in charge of Risk Services in 2007. Pişkinoğlu joined Zorlu Holding in 2016. Pişkinoğlu conducts the Holding’s activities on the subjects of internal control, process risk management and process development. She has many domestic and international certificates including Independent Accountant and Financial Advisor, Certified Internal Accountant (CIA), Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), Certified Internal Control Auditor (CICA).
Pişkinoğlu is married with two children.
- ASLI ALEMDAROĞLU
- CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS GENERAL MANAGER
Graduating from Boğaziçi University’s English Literature Department in 1988 after finishing Robert College, Aslı Alemdaroğlu received an Advertising and Communication diploma from Watford College. Embarking upon her professional life as an account representative at Güzel Sanatlar (S&S) Advertising Agency in 1989, she worked as a faculty member in Marmara University’s English Language Department from 1991 to 1993. Hired by the Saatchi&Saatchi agency as an account executive in 1994, Alemdaroğlu served as the agency’s Advertising Manager until 2000. She then worked for Pamukbank as the Advertising and Public Relations Manager from 2000-2002 before moving on to become the Advertising Manager for Aria, Turkey’s third GSM operator. This was followed by assignments as the Corporate Communication Director of Arçelik from 2004-2009, Group Manager in charge of Corporate Communication of ING Bank from 2009-2011, and Corporate Communication Director of Yıldız Holding in 2012. Alemdaroğlu became Corporate Communications General Manager of Zorlu Holding in 2014.
- FİKRET ÖZDEMİR
- ZORLU FAKTORING GENERAL MANAGER
Born in Kayseri in 1959, Fikret Özdemir graduated from the Atatürk University’s Faculty of Business Administration in 1980. Starting his working life as an Assistant Auditor with the Audit Board of Pamukbank in 1981, Özdemir joined the Zorlu Group as Manager of Denizbank’s İzmir Branch in 1997 quitting his post as Pamukbank’s İzmir Branch Manager. He was subsequently assigned as Regional Director for the Aegean, General Manager of Tarişbank, Deputy General Manager in charge of Corporate Marketing, and General Manager of Deniz Faktoring as well as CEO of Timur Holding for one year.
Reuniting with the Zorlu Holding family in the beginning of 2012, Özdemir supervised the establishment of Zorlu Faktoring.
Özdemir is married with one child.
- GÜRKAN KARAÇAY
- ZORLU AIR GENERAL MANAGER
He was born in Kayseri's Pınarbaşı district in 1964. Respectively graduated from Bursa Işıklar Military High School in 1982, Ankara Military Academy in 1986, Polatlı Artillery and Missile School in 1987, and The Army Aviation School in Ankara in 1989.
He successfully completed Helicopter Flight Instructor Training in 1994, Helicopter Examiner Training in 2000, and Airplane Flight Training in 2004.
He worked as a flight instructor The Army Aviation School in Ankara. Later on worked as a pilot, headquarters officer, examiner pilot, fleet commander, and battalion commander in Ankara, Malatya, and İzmir. He retired voluntarily as a lieutenant colonel from the Turkish Armed Forces in 2007.
He started his civil aviation career as a captain pilot in Halikarnas Aviation Inc. in 2008. Respectively worked between the years 2008-2009 as a captain pilot in Halikarnas Aviation Inc., between the years 2009-2013 as a captain pilot, flight Instructor, examiner pilot, training manager and flight operations manager in Sancak Airlines Inc.
He joined Zorlu Aviation Inc. in 2013. Between the years 2013-2014 he served as a ground operations manager. On January 1, 2016 Zorlu appointed him as General Manager of Zorlu Air. Mr. Karaçay is married and has two daughters. He speaks English.
- AYŞE YAĞCI BÜYÜKPINAR
- JULES VERNE GENERAL MANAGER
Receiving her BS from the Electronics Department of Boğaziçi University after finishing Beşiktaş Anatolian High School, Ayşe Yağcı launched her career in tourism industry. After spending some time as a professional, she became a founding partner and manager of Jules Verne Travel&Event in 1998, a position she held until 2004. Under her leadership, backed with 20 years of experience in various fields of tourism industry, Jules Verne Travel&Event joined Zorlu Holding in 2004. Yağcı, who writes articles on tourism and travel for numerous newspapers and magazines, is also engaged in civil society efforts through her chairmanship of the E-Travel Committee of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) and her membership in the Tourism Working Group of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD).