Suzan Sabancı Dinçer CBE - Chairman and Executive Board Member
Ms. Suzan Sabancı Dinçer
is the Chairman and Executive Board Member of Akbank.Ms. Sabancı Dinçer began her career in banking in 1986 and joined Akbank in 1989.
Ms. 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, and the Harvard Business School Istanbul Advisory Board.
Ms. 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. She also sits on the Chatham House Panel of Senior Advisers. She is the Chairperson of the Turkish-British Business Council of Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK).
Ms. 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. From 2010 to 2014, Ms. Sabancı Dinçer served as the chairman of the Turkish-British Business Council for two terms.
In 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Ms. 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, Ms. 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.
Under her 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.
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.
James Charles Cowles – Board Member
James C. Cowles, is Citi’s Chief Executive Officer for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). Prior to assuming his current position, James C. Cowles was Chief Operating Officer for EMEA and Head of Western Europe at Citi. He has also held the position of Head of Markets (EMEA), Global Head of Equities and Global Head of Equity Capital Markets (new issue product).
James C. Cowles joined Smith Barney in 1979. His previous roles have included: Head of Equities (EMEA), Deputy Head of Investment Banking, Head of Real Estate Investment Banking and Commercial Mortgage Trading, Head of Debt Capital Markets and Head of Direct Investments. James C. Cowles has also served from 2010 on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and as Treasurer of AFME (Association for Financial Markets in Europe).
James C. Cowles graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Denison University in 1977 with a BA in Economics. He graduated with an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1979.
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. Yaman Törüner is an op-ed columnist in the Milliyet daily as well as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Istanbul Aydın University.
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.
Kaan Terzioglu – Board Member
Kaan Terzioglu joined Akbank as a Member of the Board of Directors on April 3, 2012. Terzioğlu began his career at Arthur Andersen and Company in Istanbul as an auditor and financial consultant and moved into management consulting in Chicago and Brussels focusing on information technologies, information security and knowledge management from 1990 to 2000. Terzioğlu worked for Cisco Systems for the last 12 years holding various executive responsibilities and serving in numerous international positions. A member of TUSIAD, Kaan Terzioğlu is a certified public accountant at the Istanbul Chamber of Certified Public Accountants and Sworn Financial Advisors. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors at Aksigorta A.Ş., Teknosa İç ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş. and Neostratus. Kaan Terzioğlu is a graduate of Bosphorus University, Faculty of Business Administration, Department of Business Administration.
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.
Currently, in addition to his position as CEO at Akbank, Binbaşgil is also the Chairman of Ak Asset Management, Ak Investment, AkLease, Akbank AG and Akbank (Dubai) Ltd.
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.
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 International 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.