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Senior Management

Senior Management
Dr. Paul Doany

In the past 5 years, Dr. Doany focused on ICT Venture Capital, managing investments in early stage IT/internet companies and renewable energy. 

In the preceding 12 years, he was with the Saudi Oger Group, having served as founding CEO of Oger Telecom and CEO of Türk Telekom for 5 years. During his tenure with Saudi Oger Group, he led the acquisition of 55% stake in Türk Telekom during privatization tender, the public listing on BIST, as well as acquisition of IT companies and international wholesale operations (Pantel, rebranded as Türk Telekom International). He also led the successful bid for including operational startup until the full launch of Cell C in South Africa. 

Prior to that, he was in the telecommunications consultancy business for 14 years as Managing Director of Dar Consultants (London), as well as Director/Partner of Dar Al Handasah Consultants (Shair & Partners), having built its telecom practice, as well as assisting with expansion into transportation/economics (over 3,000  employees across all disciplines).

He also served as Senior Lecturer in the AUB in Beirut, in the Electronics/Communications Department for a period of 4 years.

Dr. Doany holds a PhD in Communications Engineering (UMIST, Manchester, UK, 1981); MSc in Digital Electronics & Communications Engineering (Bradford University, UK, 1978), and BE in Electrical/Electronics Engineering (AUB, Beirut, 1977).

Şükrü KutluŞükrü Kutlu was appointed as Business Support Assistant General Manager on December, 2016. Mr. Kutlu served as Chief Regulation and Human Resources Officer at Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş. between October - December 2016. Şükrü Kutlu completed his Degree in Ankara University Faculty of Law in 1991. Afterwards he completed his Master’s Degree in Department of Private Law, Gazi University with a thesis subject of “Interconnection Contracts in Telecommunication”. He started his career in 1992 as an Assistant Auditor in Court of Accounts and during this period, he continued his audit career by serving as an Auditor and Chief Auditor in head office and for the on-site audits carried out in the related institutions of the Court of Accounts. In 2003, he started to work in Türk Telekomünikasyon A.S. as Vice President and throughout his 12 years’ service in Türk Telekom, he completed lots of successful projects as the Vice President responsible from Human Resources, Regulation and Support Services. Between February 2015-April 2016 he served as the Board Member and the General Director of Gübretaş T.A.Ş. in addition to his Professional career, Mr. Şükrü Kutlu holds Attorney’s, Notary Licenses and Public Accountant Certificate. He’s married with three children.

Kaan Aktan After Galatasaray High School, he was graduated from Boğaziçi University, Economics in 1995. He started his career at Anadolu Group. He had worked in PepsiCo-Pepsi Bottling Group Turkey Operation since 2002 and he had worked in Texas Pacific Group Investment Fund Turkey Asset Management companies as financial manager since 2007. He joined Türk Telekom in 2010 as Director of Financial Projects. He was appointed as TTNET CFO in May, 2013. He assumed the roles and responsibilities of TTNET CEO in addition to his roles and responsibilities and became Acting CEO of TTNET between September 2014 and December 2014. Between February 2015 and November 2016, he had worked as Chief Consumer Finance Officer of TTNET. He was appointed as Türk Telekom Finance Assistant General Manager effective from December 1, 2016. Kaan Aktan is married with two children.

Dr. Nazif Burca Nazif Burca graduated from the Public Administration Department of Ankara University in 1990. He began work as an Accounting Controller and Chief Controller in the Ministry of Finance between 1990 and 2003. Mr. Burca earned his master’s degree in Finance at Illinois University, USA in 2002. He was appointed as Türk Telekom Vice President of Finance in February 2003. He held this position until November 2006. In December 2006 he was assigned as Consultant to the CEO and served in that role until June 2007. He has been working as Head of Internal Audit since July 2007. Mr. Burca completed his doctorate studies in accounting and finance. He is married and has three children.

Cengiz DoğanCengiz Doğan is serving as Chief Technology Officer at Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş. as of October, 2016. Mr. Doğan holds Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree from METU in 1982-87. Mr. Doğan has started his career at Türk Telekom” in 1988 as an Engineer at NATO and TAFICS Department. Then, he promoted to be a Chief Engineer at 1996. He became deputy head at Informatics Networks Directorate in 2003 and then promoted as director in 2006 at the same unit. In 2009 he started to lead Network Architecture and Design Directorate and between 2011-2014 he led Technology Architecture and Design Directorate. He managed such as IPMPLS, xDSL, Tivibu, Data Center, Information Security. Mr. Doğan is married and has one child.

Hakan Dursun Hakan Dursun was appointed as Marketing Assistant General Manager (under TTNET) on December, 2016. Dursun held Türk Telekom Consumer Marketing Officer role between March- December 2016 and previous to that led Türk Telekom Group strategy function as Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer. He started his Türk Telekom career as the Adviser to Türk Telekom Group CEO, he has worked closely with the boards of directors and executive teams of our Group companies, and has thus taken an active part in many projects having strategic priority for the Group. Hakan Dursun has started his career in strategic management consulting in The Boston Consulting Group's (BCG) Istanbul office, and continued his career in New York office of the same company. Having put his signature under a great many of important projects in such different industries as finance, energy and banking, Hakan Dursun has then continued his consulting career in Booz Allen Hamilton and Delta Partners companies in Turkey and the Middle East. He has played a pioneering role in defining strategies and restructuring the leading telecommunication operators in the region.Following his consulting career, Hakan Dursun has assumed the regional director role in charge of Turkey and the Mediterranean countries at British Telecom (BT), and throughout his executive career, he has carried out many successful projects and partnerships in strategy, transformation, technology and commercial fields with the leading telecommunication operators in the region. Hakan Dursun has graduated with high honors degree from Industrial Engineering, Boğaziçi University in Turkey, and has then had an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree from the same university with high honors.

Fırat Yaman ErHe has graduated from Boğaziçi University Business Administration and completed his MBA in San Francisco State University. On December 2016, Fırat Yaman Er was appointed as Strategy and Business Planning Assistant General Manager. Prior to this position, Fırat Yaman Er was Chief Business Planning Officer and Acting Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer. He had been serving as Chief Business Planning Officer at Oger Telecom responsible for the 5 year plans of Oger Telecom’s subsidiaries operating in Southeast Europe, Turkey, Middle East and South Africa, prior to his previous appointment as Chief Business Planning Officer of Türk Telekom. Prior to joining Oger Telecom Limited, Mr. Er started his carrier at Dogan Holding,in 1997, evaluating their investment opportunities in various sectors. Afterwards, Mr. Er joined Aria İletisim Hizmetleri A. Ş., the challenger mobile operator in Turkey in 2001. He took active role for the merger of Aria and Aycell and continued his role in Avea İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş. after the merger. Mr. Er has extensive knowledge of strategic planning and mergers & acquisitions and over 10 years of telecommunications experience. He is married and has one daughter.

Ümit Önal Ümit Önal was appointed as Sales and Customer Care Assistant General Manager (under TTNET) on December 2016. Mr. Önal was Acting CEO and Executive Board Member of Digiturk in 2015-2016, where he was entrusted with company preparation for subsequent acquisition by a new owner (change of control from SDIF). During his management tenure at Digiturk, he introduced an efficient churn management strategy, focusing on elevating brand reputation with an encompassing engagement strategy. In addition, he handled coordination and relationship management with relevant public authorities, as well as regulatory bodies to ensure successful transfer, including preparation of the management team in readiness for the new shareholder. After obtaining his Bachelor degree with a major in Advertising and Public Relations Department from Istanbul University, Mr. Önal held various managerial positions in the areas of advertising, production, content/broadcasting/advertisement sales in Turkey’s leading media companies including TGRT and Kanal 7. He has 20+ year expertise in media industry, which gave him a chance to be a part of Turkey’s media transformation. Later, he joined Turkuvaz Medya Group, initially as the General Manager of ATV and subsequently became the Advertising VP for all brands operating under the Group. Mr. Önal also served as the General Manager of Show TV. Before joining Digitürk, he assumed the position of General Manager and Chairman of the Board of İpek Media Group. Mr. Önal has been active in sectoral NGOs throughout his career. He is the former Chairman and current Board Member at TİAK (TV Monitoring and Research Committee) and committee head at TVYD (Association of TV Broadcasters). He is married with 3 daughters.

Yavuz YıldırımYavuz Yıldırım who graduated from Uludağ University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration in 1999, after being engaged in trade started his professional career in 2002 at Telsim. He has held various positions in sales and marketing units respectively at Telsim, Nortel Networks Netas and Vodafone. Yavuz Yildirim joined Türk Telekom in 2009, as Director of SME Sales Operations and have contributed to the establishment of SME sales channel. On November 2011, he has undertaken the Wholesale Sales Director task and he served as the President of Türk Telekom Wholesale Clients Business Unit between April 2015 - December 2016. Mr. Yıldırım continues his current role under "Wholesale Assistant General Manager" title since December 2016.

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