AHMET NAZİF ZORLU
(1944 – Denizli) Ahmet Nazif Zorlu began his professional career at the family-owned textile business in Babadağ, Denizli. He opened his first textile store in Trabzon. In 1970, Zorlu moved the Company’s headquarters to Istanbul where he laid the foundations of Zorlu Holding with his brother, Zeki Zorlu. Ahmet Zorlu set up his first company, Korteks, in 1976 and consolidated all the group companies under the umbrella of Zorlu Holding in 1990. After acquiring Vestel in 1994, Ahmet Zorlu opened the door to new lines of business for Zorlu Holding. Zorlu’s entrepreneurialism, which began with the textile sector, later manifested in more companies operating in a wide range of industries such as household appliances, consumer electronics, energy, real-estate development, metallurgy, and defense. In addition to his role as a Board Member at Zorlu Enerji, Ahmet Zorlu currently serves as Chairman and Vice Chairman at numerous Zorlu Group companies operating in different industries, primarily Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ and Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ. With a keen interest in NGOs, Ahmet Zorlu sits on the Board of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK), the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), Education and Culture Foundation of the People of Denizli (DENSİR), Babadağ Industry and Business Association (BASİAD), and Turkish Home Textile Industrialists’ Association (TETSİAD).
(1956 - Denizli) After graduating from the Department of Business Administration at Middle East Technical University in 1979, Bekir Ağırdır served respectively, as Sales Manager and then Assistant General Manager at Bilsan Bilgisayar Malzemeleri AŞ (1980-1984), Sales Coordinator at Meteksam Ltd. (1984-1986), General Manager at Pirintaş Bilgisayar Malzemeleri ve Basım Sanayi AŞ (1986-1996), Deputy General Manager at Atılım Kâğıt ve Defter Sanayi AŞ (1996-1999) and as General Manager and Board Member at PMB Akıllı Kart ve Bilgi Teknolojileri AŞ (1999-2003). During 2003-2005, he worked as a Coordinator and then as General Manager at Tarih Vakfı (History Foundation of Turkey). Since 2005, Mr. Ağırdır has served as the General Manager and Board Member of KONDA Araştırma ve Danışmanlık Limited Şirketi (KONDA Research and Consultancy), and as of June 2022, he handed over his position as General Manager. In addition to Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Üretim AŞ, Mr. Ağırdır also serves as a Board Member at Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ, Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ, Anadolu Efes Biracılık ve Malt Sanayii AŞ and Migros Ticaret AŞ. Bekir Ağırdır is the Board Member of Turkey Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) and Hrant Dink Foundation, and founding member of Yanındayız Association, Democratic Republic Program and EYMİR Cultural Foundation, and member of METU Alumni Association and commentator of T24 Internet Newspaper and GAIN Internet Media.
(1975 – Trabzon) Selen Zorlu Melik graduated from the Department of Business Administration of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Uludağ University. She began her professional career at Denizbank in 1998. Following her internship at the Bursa branch of Denizbank, she joined Denizbank’s Management Trainee Program in 1999. After working in a number of positions at Denizbank’s head office, Melik attended a Marketing Certificate Program at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. She began working at the Korteks Yarn Factory in 2002 and became a Board Member of the same company in 2004. Selen Zorlu Melik has been serving as a Board Member of Zorlu Enerji since 2002.
(1955 – İzmir) Ömer Yüngül obtained his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Boğaziçi University in 1978. He started his career at Tekfen İnşaat and went on to hold various managerial positions at Metaş, Faz Elektrik, and Merloni Elettrodomestici. In 1997, he was named General Manager of Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ and became Chairman of the Executive Board of Vestel Group of Companies in 2000. After serving as a senior executive at Vestel for 15 years, Ömer Yüngül was named the CEO of Zorlu Holding in 2013. As of 2022, Yüngül has been appointed as a Board Member at Zorlu Holding.
(1967 – Ankara) Cem Köksal graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University in 1990 and obtained his master’s degree at Bilkent University in 1990. After serving in the banking industry between 1990 and 2001, Cem Köksal was named Deputy General Manager of Denizbank in 1997. Mr. Köksal joined Vestel as the Chief Financial Officer in 2002. Cem Köksal currently serves as an Executive Committee Member at Vestel Group of Companies and is the Chief Financial Officer and the Chairman of the Sustainability Committee at Zorlu Holding. Mr. Köksal has been serving as a Board Member at Zorlu Enerji since 2002. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of UN Global Compact Turkey and a substitute member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Business and Sustainable Development (SKD).
(1969 – İzmir) Ayşegül İldeniz assumes a pioneering role in the areas of innovation, technology, and mapping out a vision for the future in Silicon Valley and Istanbul. Ayşegül İldeniz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Boğaziçi University and a master’s degree in Electronic Communications Arts from San Francisco State University. İldeniz joined the microprocessor giant Intel Corporation in 1998, where she served, in order, as General Manager of Intel Turkey; Regional Director of the Middle East, Turkey, Africa, overseeing 67 countries; and Board Member of Intel Europe; before being appointed to the position of Global Vice President for Business Development and Strategy, New Devices Group at Intel Headquarters in Silicon Valley in 2013. In 2016, Ayşegül İldeniz became the Chief Operating Officer at Silver Spring Networks, a NYSE-listed company that controls half of the U.S. smart energy market with 26 million customers. Additionally, her programs on smart cities were implemented in cities such as Chicago, Singapore, Paris, Copenhagen and Dubai. She was selected by Dünya Newspaper as the “IT Woman of the Year” in 2004 and “Female Executive of the Year” in 2006 and as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by the San Francisco-based magazine Fast Company, one of the most prestigious publications in the U.S., and the “Third Most Influential Turkish-American Woman” by the Turks of America (TOA) in 2015. Ayşegül İldeniz is currently the President of TÜSİAD Silicon Valley Network and a Board Member of the New York-based Turkish Philanthropy Funds. Ayşegül İldeniz also serves as a Board Member at Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ, Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ, Doğan Şirketler Grubu Holding AŞ and Pegasus Hava Taşımacılığı AŞ.
(1965 – İzmir) Cem Mengi completed his “A Levels” in Mathematics and Physics in the UK in 1984 and graduated from the Department of Management Information Systems of the Faculty of Management and Administration at the International University in 1988. Same year he began his professional banking career at Finansbank and later he served in different private banks namely İnterbank, Körfezbank, Rabobank International NV and ING Bank as Executive Vice President and Deputy General Manager. Lastly, he served at Akbank as the Chairman of the Credit Committee and Executive Board Member in Charge of Loans and Placement. Cem Mengi was a member of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK), the International Investors Association (YASED) and the Young Executives and Business People Association (GYİAD). He currently serves as the Founding Chairman at CM Capital Management.