Board of Directors

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer CBE - Chairman and Executive Board Member

Mrs​​. Suzan Sabancı Dinçeris the Chairman and Executive Board Member of Akbank. Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer is also a board member of Sabancı Holding.

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer began her career in banking in 1986 and joined Akbank in 1989.

Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer is a member of the Institute of International Finance Board of Directors and Emerging Markets Advisory Board, Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council, Harvard Business School’s Global Leaders Circle, Harvard Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government’s Advisory Council and an emeritus member of the Harvard Business School’s Middle East and North Africa Advisory Board. Suzan Sabancı Dinçer is also a member of the Global Board of Advisors at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer founded Akbank's International Advisory Board, a platform to discuss and evaluate global and local economic developments and their strategic implications for Turkey. From 2010 to 2014, Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer served as the chairman of the Turkish-British Business Council for two terms.

Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer is on the Board of Directors of the Global Relations Forum and a TÜSİAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association) member. She is also the Luxembourg Honorary Consul in Istanbul.

In 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Mrs. Suzan Sabancı Dinçer the title of "Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)" in recognition of her proactive and influential contributions to the development of Turkey-UK relations. In 2014, Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer was given the Order of Civil Merit (Orden del Mérito Civil) of the Kingdom of Spain by King Felipe VI of Spain for her contributions to the relations between the two countries and for her support to the cultural convergence.

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer is strongly committed to social responsibility activities and assumes various positions in the fields of culture, education, the promotion of entrepreneurship and environmental protection: she is a member of the Board of Trustees of Sabancı University, as well as a founding member and board member of Endeavor Turkey and of the Advisory Board of Akbank Sanat. Mrs Sabancı Dinçer is a patron of Contemporary Istanbul.

Under Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer’s stewardship, Akbank became the first deposit bank in Turkey to issue a GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) rated Sustainability Report. It also pioneered the Carbon Disclosure Project in Turkey.​

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer holds a BA in Finance from Richmond College in the UK and an MBA from Boston University in the USA. Ms. Sabancı Dinçer is married with two children. ​

Erol Sabancı - Honorary Chairman and Consultant to the Board - Board Member​​

Having served as a member of the Akbank Board of Directors since 1967, for a decade beginning from March 1998 Erol Sabancı served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Elected Honorary Chairman and Consultant to the Board on March 28, 2008, Erol Sabancı also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sabancı Holding.​

Erol Sabancı 

​Hayri Çulhacı - Vice Chairman and Executive Board Member​ 

Hayri Çulhacı was elected as Vice Chairman on July 18, 2010 and was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee and Executive Risk Committee on January 17, 2011. Having joined Akbank as an Executive Vice President in 1990, Çulhacı was consecutively appointed as Executive Vice President in charge of Corporate Communications, Investor Relations and Strategy; as Advisor to the Chairman; and as Executive Board Member. Prior to joining Akbank, Hayri Çulhacı worked as Financial Analyst and Department Head in the Ministry of Finance. Çulhacı holds a BA degree in Economics from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences and an MBA degree from Northeastern University in the USA. Hayri Çulhacı is a member of the Board of Trustees of Sabancı Foundation, a Board Member of Aksigorta A.Ş., and AvivaSA A.Ş.

​Cem Mengi – Executive Board Member

Cem Mengi was elected as Executive Board Member in charge of credits as of 10 February 2014. Prior his appointment, during his career Mengi has successfully served in different private banks as Executive Vice President and Assistant CEO. He joined Akbank in 2001 as Senior Vice President in charge of Corporate Banking and Project Finance. Later, between 2008-2011 he served the Bank as Executive Vice President in charge of Corporate Banking and Project Finance. Cem Mengi achieved 'A levels' in Mathematics and Physics in the U.K. and graduated from International University with a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems, Faculty of Management and Administration. 

Can Paker - Board Member

Received his master’s degree from Berlin Technical University and continued his education at Yildiz Technical University to receive his PhD in mechanical engineering and at Columbia University for his MBA (1973). Starting his professional career at Turk Henkel in 1971, he held various senior positions in the company, and served as the general manager (from 1984) and president of the Board of Directors until 2004. Paker held positions on the boards of several private companies and civil society organizations such as the Sabanci Holding, Sabanci University, Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TÜSİAD), İstanbul Culture and Arts Foundation (İKSV), The Open Society Foundation in Turkey and Robert College. He served as the Chairman of TESEV (Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation) between 1997 and 2015. He is currently the founding and managing partner of B.O.Y. Consulting and a founding member of PODEM (Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies), an İstanbul based think tank established in 2015.

Yaman Törüner - Board Member​

Yaman Törüner became a member of the Board of Directors in March 1998. Having served as a Member of Parliament between 1995 and 1999, Yaman Törüner also served as a Minister of State in 1996. Between 1990 and 1994, Yaman Törüner served as the President of the Istanbul Stock Exchange and from 1972 until 1990 he worked in various administrative positions within the Central Bank of Turkey, also serving as the Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey between February 1994 and January 1996. Additionally, Yaman Törüner is an op-ed columnist in the Milliyet daily.

Yaman Törüner 

Aykut Demiray 

Aykut Demiray – Board Member​

Aykut Demiray joined Akbank as a Member of the Board of Directors on March 1, 2012. Aykut Demiray began his career in 1979 at T. Isbank as an Assistant Internal Auditor and undertook various duties in several units and branches, finally serving as Deputy Chief Executive between 1998 and 2011. A graduate of the Business Administration Department of the Faculty of Administrative Sciences from Middle East Technical University, Aykut Demiray is a a Member of the Board of Trustees at Istanbul Culture University.​

Emre Derman – Board Member

Emre Derman has led numerous large cross-border transactions in Turkey as a partner with the international law firm White & Case between 1989 and 2008. In addition to his work in Turkey he has worked in the New York and London offices of the firm and also in former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries during his term as a lawyer for the EBRD in 1994 to 1995. A former board member of Akbank in 2010, Derman has served as a Managing Director and the Senior Country Officer of JP Morgan in Turkey between 2011 and 2014. He is a member of various organizations relating to education and yacht racing and serves as a freelance consultant. Derman holds an LL.B. from Istanbul University Law School and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

​Aydın Günter 

​Aydın Günter– Board Member

Aydin Gunter served at Sabancı Holding and held various positions including Executive Vice President in charge of Financial Control and Finance from 1974 to 1994. In 1994, he founded his own consulting firm and served as a Member of the Board of Directors in various companies beginning from 1998. Prior to joining the Sabancı Group, Aydın Günter worked at the Ministry of Finance as a Tax Inspector. Aydin Gunter is a graduate of the Faculty of Political Sciences at Ankara University.

Hakan Binbaşgil - Board Member and CEO

Hakan Binbaşgil joined Akbank as the Executive Vice President in charge of Change Management in October 2002. He initiated the Bank's "Restructuring Programme" which has transformed Akbank into one of Turkey's most customer-focused, modern and innovative financial institutions. Hakan Binbaşgil was appointed Executive Vice President in charge of Retail Banking in November 2003, Deputy CEO in May 2008, and since January 2012 as Board Member and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank.

Prior to joining Akbank, Binbaşgil worked as a Management Consultant in the London and Istanbul offices of Accenture, and as Executive Vice President in a different private sector bank. Binbaşgil also served on the boards of directors of numerous companies domestically and abroad.

After graduating from Robert College, Hakan Binbaşgil graduated from Bosphorus ​University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Binbaşgil also holds MBA and MS degrees in Finance from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, USA.

​​INTERNAL AUDITORS

Eyüp Engin - Head of Internal Audit

Eyüp Engin joined Akbank in 1978 as an Assistant Internal Auditor. Following his auditing assignment, Eyüp Engin served as Department Head in Treasury, International Banking and Overseas Financial Institutions. He was appointed as the Executive Vice President in charge of Corporate​ Banking in 1996. Subsequently, Engin served as Executive Vice President in charge of International Banking and Overseas Financial Institutions Marketing. Eyüp Engin was appointed to his current position of Head of Internal Audit in July 2007. He is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

​​Dr. Josef Ackerman - Chairman’s Advisor​​

Mr. Ackermann (born 1948, Swiss Citizen) started his career as a banker in 1977 at Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (SKA), today's Credit Suisse. In 1990, he was appointed to the Executive Board, becoming its president in 1993. In 1996, Mr. Ackermann joined the Management Board of Deutsche Bank AG, where he became responsible for the investment banking division. From 2002 to 2012 he served a full decade, first as spokesman and later as chairman of the Management Board as well as the Group Executive Committee. During this time he led Deutsche Bank into the top ranks of the world's investment banks and steered it safely through the epochal financial crisis which broke out in 2007. At the same time, as chairman of the Institute of International Finance (IIF), the global association of banks, he was highly instrumental in helping to solve this crisis as well as the ensuing debt crisis in the Euro zone.

Besides his long career in banking Mr. Ackermann has been chairman of the Board of Directors at Zurich Insurance Group (2012/13), a ranking member of the Board of Directors at Royal Dutch Shell plc, vice-chairman of the Board of Directors at Siemens AG and vice-chairman of the Foundation Board at the World Economic Forum, among others.

Today, he still holds numerous mandates, amongst them as chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of Cyprus, member of the Board of Directors at Investor AB and EQT Holdings AB, member of the Board of Directors at Renova Management AG, member of the International Advisory Board of Akbank and vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Conference Board.

Mr. Ackermann gained a doctorate in economics and social sciences from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

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