Board of Directors

ZEKİ ZORLU

Chairman

(1939 - Denizli) Zeki Zorlu began his career in a family-owned textile company in Babadağ, Denizli. Having opened his first textile store in Trabzon, Zeki Zorlu laid the foundations of Korteks in Bursa in 1976. Mr. Zorlu founded Zorlu Holding together with his brother Ahmet Nazif Zorlu and added Vestel to the Holding’s business portfolio in 1994. He also played a critical role in the foundation and acquisition of numerous companies in energy, tourism and real estate sectors. In addition to his chairmanship duty on the board of Zorlu Enerji, Zeki Zorlu also serves as the Vice Chairman of Zorlu Holding and as chairman for Zorlu Group companies operating in textile and real estate industries. Mr. Zorlu also assumes active roles in non-governmental organizations. He is the Vice President of the Textile Industry Assembly of TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey). Having served on the Board of BUSIAD (Bursa Industrialists and Businessmen Association) for two years, Zeki Zorlu is currently a member of the International Patent Cooperation Union, BUFAD (Bursa Disaster and Emergency Management Association), the Foundation for the Empowerment of Uludağ University, KALDER (Turkish Society for Quality), SUSEB (Association of Artificial Synthetic Fiber Manufacturers), the Bursa Research Foundation and the Association for International Competition and Technology.

BEKİR AĞIRDIR

Vice Chairman

(1956 - Denizli) Bekir Ağırdır graduated from the Department of Business Administration at Middle East Technical University in 1979. He 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, Mr. Ağırdır worked as a Coordinator and then as General Manager at Tarih Vakfı (History Foundation of Turkey). Bekir Ağırdır has been the General Manager and Board Member of KONDA Araştırma ve Danışmanlık Limited Şirketi (KONDA Research and Consultancy) since 2005. In addition to his position as Vice Chairman of the Board at Zorlu Enerji, Bekir Ağırdır also serves as a Board Member of Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ and Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ, two of Zorlu Group companies. 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 of the Program and Eymir Cultural Foundation, and member of METU Alumni Association and commentators of T24 Internet Newspaper and GAIN Internet Media.

AHMET NAZİF ZORLU

Board Member

(1944 - Denizli) Ahmet Zorlu began his professional career in a family-owned textile business in Babadağ, Denizli. He opened his first textile store in Trabzon. In 1970, Mr. Zorlu moved the company’s headquarters to Istanbul and laid the foundations of Zorlu Holding together with his brother, Zeki Zorlu. Ahmet Zorlu set up his first company, Korteks in 1976 and gathered all of the companies under the roof of Zorlu Holding in 1990. Acquiring Vestel in 1994, Ahmet Zorlu opened the door to new lines of business for Zorlu Holding. Mr. Zorlu’s entrepreneurialism, which began with the textile industry, went on to manifest itself in more companies operating in a wide range of industries such as consumer electronics, household appliances, energy, property development, metallurgy and defense. Ahmet Zorlu was elected as a Board Member to Zorlu Enerji at the Company’s 2016 Ordinary General Assembly Meeting. In addition to his duty as a Board Member at Zorlu Enerji, Ahmet Zorlu also serves as the Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Board in numerous Zorlu Group companies operating in different industries.

With a keen interest in non-governmental organizations, Ahmet Zorlu sits on the Board of DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board), TUSIAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association), DENSIR (Education and Culture Foundation of People of Denizli), BASIAD (Babadağ Industry and Business Association) and TETSIAD (Turkish Home Textile Industrialists’ Association).

Olgun Zorlu

Board Member

(1965 - Trabzon) Upon completing his higher education in textiles and business administration in the UK, Olgun Zorlu began his professional career in 1986. He started to serve in managerial positions at various Zorlu Group companies in 1988 and managed their foreign market research and business development operations. Mr. Zorlu started serving as a Board Member at Zorlu Holding in 1998. In addition to his board membership at Zorlu Enerji, Mr. Zorlu also serves as a Board Member at Zorlu Holding and various other Zorlu Group companies. Olgun Zorlu is a member of the Turkish Industry & Business Association (TÜSİAD) and Association of Turkish Home Textile Industrialists and Businessmen (TETSİAD).

SELEN ZORLU MELİK

Board Member

(1975 - Trabzon) Selen Zorlu Melik graduated from the Department of Business Administration at Uludağ University. She began her professional career at Denizbank in 1998. Following her internship at Denizbank’s Bursa branch, she joined the Management Trainee Program of the bank in 1999. After working in a number of positions at Denizbank’s head office, Mrs. Zorlu Melik attended a Marketing Certificate Program at the University of California, Berkeley, USA in 2001. She began working at the Korteks Yarn Factory in 2002 and became a Board Member of the same company in 2004. Mrs. Zorlu Melik has been serving as a Board member at Zorlu Enerji since 2002.

Mehmet Emre Zorlu

Board Member

(1984 - Istanbul) After graduating from Koç University Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department in 2006, Mehmet Emre Zorlu completed his master's program in Innovation and Technology Management at Essex University in the UK in 2007-2008 and started working at Vestel group of companies in 2009. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors at Zorlu Enerji, Emre Zorlu also serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Zorlu Holding and Zorlu Group companies. Emre Zorlu has been a member of the Board of Directors at Vestel Ventures ARGE AŞ, which aims to support and fund entrepreneurship in many areas such as technology, innovation and IP investments since 2015. Emre Zorlu is a member of the Turkish Industry & Business Association (TÜSIAD), a member of the Board of Trustees of the Entrepreneurship Foundation (Girvak), a member of the Board of Directors of Endeavor Turkey and a member of the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) Global Council.

BEKİR CEM KÖKSAL

Board Member

(1967 - Ankara) Cem Köksal graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Boğaziçi University in 1988 and completed his master's degree at Bilkent University in 1990. Köksal worked in the banking sector between 1990 and 2001. Köksal, who started as Deputy General Manager at Denizbank in 1997, joined Vestel in 2002 as Head of Finance. Köksal, who continues to serve as a member of the Executive Board of Vestel group of companies, is also the chairman of Zorlu Holding A.Ş. Financial Affairs Group. Köksal has been serving as a member of Zorlu Enerji Board since 2002. Köksal also serves as the Chairman of the Sustainability Committee at Zorlu Holding AŞ. Cem Köksal is 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).

AYŞEGÜL İLDENİZ

Board Member

(1969 - Izmir ) Ayşegül İldeniz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Boğaziçi University and a Master’s degree in Digital Communications from the San Francisco State University. She went on to assume senior management positions in the Intel Corporation, the world’s leading producer of microprocessors, where she served as the General Manager for Intel Turkey, as the Regional Director for the Turkey, Middle East and Africa region covering 67 countries and as a Board Member for Intel’s Europe-based operations. She was later appointed to the position of Global Vice President of the New Devices Group at the Intel Headquarters in Silicon Valley. In 2016, Ayşegül İldeniz became the COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the Silver Spring Networks, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, which controls half of the US smart energy market with 26 million users and implemented Smart Cities programs in a number of cities including Chicago, Singapore, Paris, Copenhagen and Dubai. Ayşegül İldeniz is a pioneer in the fields of innovation, technology and future vision, both in the Silicon Valley and in İstanbul. In 2015, she was named as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by the Fast Company, one of the most prestigious publications in the United States, and as the “Third Most Influential Turkish-American Woman” by the Turks of America (TOA), while in Turkey she was selected as the “IT Woman of the Year” in 2004 and “Woman Executive of the Year” in 2006 by the Dünya Newspaper. Ayşegül İldeniz is currently the President of the TUSIAD Silicon Valley Network and a Board Member of the American Turkish Society and the New York-based Turkish Philanthropy Funds. In addition to being a Board Member at Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Üretim AŞ, Ms. İldeniz also serves on the Boards of two other Zorlu Group companies – Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ and Vestel Beyaz Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ. Ms. İldeniz is also a board member of Eczacıbaşı Holding AŞ and Doğan Şirketler Grubu Holding AŞ.

 

Cem MENGİ

Board Member

(1965 - İzmir) He got "A Level" on Mathematics and Physics in England in 1984, and he completed his education on Information Management Systems at International University Faculty of Business and Management in 1988. In the same year, he started his banking career at Finansbank, and held positions of Deputy General Manager and Chief Deputy General Manager in various fields at Interbank, Körfezbank, Rabobank International NV and ING Bank respectively. Most recently, he served as the Chairman of the Credit Committee and Executive Board Member Responsible for Loans and Placements at Akbank TAŞ. Cem Mengi, who was a Committee Member in organizations such as TÜSİAD, DEİK, YASED and GYİAD in the past, is the Founding Chairman of CM Capital Management Company.