Uğur Demirel has been our CEO since July 2015. Mr. Demirel has 25 years of experience and was named the Most Successful Retail CEO of 2016 by Retail Days 2016. Prior to joining us, Mr. Demirel had been with Yıldız Holding since 2010 as Retail Group Vice President (2014 to 2015) and General Manager (2010 to 2014) of Pasifik A.Ş., a Yıldız Holding company. He has also had experience at CarrefourSA as Commercial Director and FMCG Director, and as a Commercial Director at Gima. He graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Ankara in 1991 and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 2014.
Ziya Kayacan has been our CFO since 2016. Mr. Kayacan has 28 years of experience. Prior to joining us, Mr. Kayacan had been the Chief Financial Officer of Yıldız Holding Retail Group. Mr. Kayacan began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an Auditor and has worked in various positions at Wendy's Turkey, a subsidiary of Türkpetrol Holding, and Lafarge Group in Turkey, where he worked for 16 years and held senior financial and operational positions and became a member of the board. He also served as a Board member in Turkey Readymix Association. He became the Chief Financial Officer at Bizim Toptan in 2010. Mr. Kayacan graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Business Administration.
Sales and Operations Director
Kazım Çağlar has been a Sales and Operations Director since April 2017, having previously worked as a Regional Branch Manager at Şok between 2011 and 2017. Prior to joining us, he worked at Migros Ticaret A.Ş. as a Store Manager, Regional Manager and Regional Manager from 1996 to 2011. He is a graduate of Anadolu University, Department of Public Administration.
Sales and Operations Director
Hakan Koyun has been a Sales and Operations Director since 2013 and has 20 years of experience in CarrefourSA. He was the Director of Sales Operations at CarrefourSA between 2000 and 2011, and Director of Operations at Tesco Kipa between 2011 and 2013. He is a graduate of Fırat University, Department of Veterinary Medicine.
Sales and Operations Director
Bülent Ömürlü was born in 1976 in Giresun/Bulancak. He has been working as the Deputy Sales Operations Director of the company since October 2020. Between 2012 and 2020, he worked as the Istanbul European Side Branch Manager of the company. Before joining the Company, he served as sales operations manager (2010-2012), Regional Director (2005-2010) and Store Manager (2001-2005) at Bizim Toptan Satış Mağazaları A.Ş. He also has experience as an assistant store manager at Migros Tic. Aş ve Sezginler Gıda A.Ş. Ömürlü graduated from Istanbul University History Department in 1998 and had his master degree on Business Administration at Beykent Üniversitesi in 2014.
Çağlar Dağlar Aygün
Şok Mini Sales and Operations Director
Çağlar Dağlar Akgün has been our Şok Mini Sales and Operations Director since December 2017. Mr. Aygün, who had been a Regional Branch Manager between 2013 and 2017, previously worked in the retail sector at GİMA, CarrefourSA and Tesco from 1999 to 2013. He graduated from Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Economics.
Tolga Genç has been a Commercial Director since 2016, having first joined as Purchasing Group Manager in 2015. He worked as Purchasing Manager in Gima T.A.Ş. from 1999 to 2006, Purchasing Manager in CarrefourSA from 2006 to 2011 and Commercial and Category Marketing Manager at Yıldız Holding between 2011 and 2015. He graduated from the International American University School of Tourism and Hotel Management.
Hakan Kurtul has been a Commercial Director since 2016. His previous work experience includes Category Manager and Purchasing Group Manager at CarrefourSA. He graduated from Ankara University, Department of Veterinary Medicine.
Supply Chain Director
Tuncay Çelikoğlu was born in Eskişehir in 1975 and has been working as the Company's Supply Chain Director since October 2018. Prior to joining the Company, Çelikoğlu wordked as Production Planning Chief at Kütahya Porsalen A.Ş. in 1997, as Production Team Leader at Türk Siemens A.Ş. in 1998. Between 1999-2016, he worked as Export Application Specialist, Sales Planning Specialist, Product Logistics Manager, Logistics Manager, Wholesale Sales Channels Manager, Corporate Sales Manager at Brisa A.Ş. and he served as Logistics Group Manager at Hatipoğlu Group in 2016. he worked as an independent consultant in Boyteks between 2017-2018,. He completed Sabancı Holding 6-Sigma Black Belt programs in 2005 and Bridgestone Belgium Supply Chain Academy in 2009. Çelikoğlu graduated from Middle East Technical University Industrial Engineering in 1997.
Nilhan Gülbahçe has been our Marketing Director since 2016 and has 21 years of experience in marketing. Ms. Gülbahçe previously worked at Joker as a Marketing Specialist from 1995 to 1999, and at CarrefourSA between 2000 and 2014 as Marketing Director, then joined Yıldız Holding as Marketing Director of Pasifik Tüketim Ürünleri Satış ve Ticaret A.Ş. in 2015. She graduated from Mimar Sinan University, Department of City and Regional Planning.
Expansion, Construction and Technical Purchasing Group Manager
Kenan Hatipoğlu has been the Expansion, Construction and Technical Purchasing Group Manager since October 2015. He worked as Remodeling Director in CarrefourSA from 2005 to 2006, Store Opening Manager in Goldaş from 2007 to 2009, Construction Department Manager at Colinsoft from 2009 to 2014 and in Real Estate and Administrative Affairs at Altınbaş Mücevherat between 2014 and 2015. He graduated from the Department of Econometrics at Uludag University.
Human Resources Group Director
Mr. Tuncer Konak who graduated from the Communication Science of Istanbul University and Business Administration MBA Program Yeditepe University. He started his career in 1997 as the Human Resources Specialist at Cargotech Logistics. He served as a Human Resources Supervisor at Ceva Logistics. In 2007 he joined Yıldız Holding and served as respectively Human Resources Manager at Ülker Bisküvi, Human Resources Auditor at Yıldız Holding, Compensation and Benefits Senior Manager at Yıldız, Human Resources Director at Şok Marketler Ticaret A.Ş. Mr. Konak was recently as Human Resources Director at Natura Gıda A.Ş.