Y. Begümhan DOĞAN FARALYALI | Doğan Holding

Y. Begümhan


Born in Istanbul in 1976, Begümhan Doğan Faralyalı received her BSc in Economics and Philosophy at the London School of Economics. She began her professional career as a consultant at the NY Office of Arthur Andersen, and then moved to the London office of Monitor Group, where she worked as a consultant for restructuring projects involving some of the most advanced European media and technology companies.

After earning her MBA degree at Stanford University in 2004, she took office as an Executive Committee Member and Vice President for Foreign Investments at Doğan Yayın Holding (DYH); the largest media holding in Turkey with assets in broadcasting, newspaper, magazine and book publishing, pay TV and internet verticals. There, in charge of the international growth of DYH, she focused on investment opportunities mainly in Europe, including Eastern Europe and Russia.

In 2007, Ms. Faralyalı led the startup process of Kanal D Romania, a national entertainment channel in Romanian which currently is # 3 in Romania. At the same time, she worked on the purchase of Trader Media East, traded on the London Stock Exchange, by Hürriyet.

After gaining 15 years of overseas experience, she moved back to Turkey in 2009 and became CEO of Star TV, one of the main national TV channels in Turkey. In 2010, she assumed the Presidency of Doğan TV Holding, which also included TV channels Kanal D and CNN Türk.

As of January 1, 2012 Begümhan Doğan Faralyalı became Chairwoman of Doğan Holding. Doğan Holding is one of the largest groups in Turkey active in diverse sectors such as media, energy, retail, tourism, industrial production and real estate.

Ms. Faralyalı is on the Advisory Boards of Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) and Unicredit Bank. She is married with two children.

Hanzade V. DOĞAN BOYNER | Doğan Holding

Hanzade V.

Vice Chairwoman

Hanzade Doğan Boyner, one of the leading names in business world, is Turkey's leading business woman especially in online and digital business areas. Mrs. Doğan Boyner, who founded Hepsiburada and became the biggest online retail company in the Eastern Europe and Middle East regions, is also the founding Chairwoman of Doğan Online, which houses leading Internet and technology companies in Turkey's fields.

Beyond her entrepreneurial accomplishments, Mrs. Dogan-Boyner has had vast experience in leading Turkish companies in media and energy. She is currently the Chairwoman of Doğan Online, Aydın Dogan Foundation and Doğan Gazetecilik – which includes Posta – the highest read newspaper in Turkey. She also serves as the Vice Chairwoman of Doğan Burda and Doğan Holding. Previously she has served as the Chairwoman of Petrol Ofisi, Turkey’s second largest company in terms of revenue.

Mrs.Doğan-Boyner is actively involved in various non-profit, business and trade organizations. She is the founding member and Vice Chairwoman of Global Relations Forum, serves as the Vice President of World Association of Newspapers and is a member of the Brookings Institute Board of Trustees. She is also an active participant in several think tanks including the European Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Economic Relations Board, Association of Turkish Businessmen and Industrialists, Young Presidents’ Organization and Association of Woman Entrepreneurs.

As a philanthropist, Hanzade Doğan Boyner has also initiated and is still carrying out the campaign of "Baba Beni Okula Gönder", one of Turkey's most successful social responsibility projects. In the framework of this project, which aims to eliminate obstacles in front of the education of young girls, 50,000 girls were given scholarships and 33 girls' dorms were built.

Mrs. Doğan-Boyner has been recognized many times as the “Business Woman of the Year” by prominent universities in Turkey, such as Bosphorus University, Istanbul Technical University and Yildiz Technical University.

She is a graduate of London School of Economics, has received her MBA from Columbia University and serves on the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers.

Arzuhan DOĞAN YALÇINDAĞ | Doğan Holding


Board Member

Since the beginning of her professional life, Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ has been involved in initiating new projects. In 1990 while working with Milpa she brought the German Mail order company, Quelle, to Turkey and headed the company until 1993. In 1994, she took part in the establishment of Alternatifbank and served as a board member. A year later, she became the CFO of Milliyet Magazine Group. She joined Kanal D in 1996 and was in charge of various departments. One of her major accomplishments was the launching of CNN Turk in 2000, which was the result of the negotiations she initiated in 1999 with Time Warner Group.

In 2005, she became the CEO of Doğan TV Holding, the parent company of Kanal D, CNN Turk, DMC, D Productions, D-Smart satellite platform and radio concerns. In 2007, she was elected as the first female President of the country’s leading business organization, TUSİAD - Turkish Industry and Business Association, in the organization’s 40 year- history. She held this post until 2010, and then moved to become a member of the Council of Presidents of the Association’. She has been also serving as the Vice President of High Advisory Council.

After leaving post at TUSİAD, she took over the chair of Doğan Holding from her father, the founder of the company, started as the first member in the second generation of the family to lead the organization.

She is one of the founding board members of Aydın Doğan Foundation, established in 1996 and served as the Chairperson between 2010 and 2011.

The then Foreign Minister, former President Abdullah Gül, appointed her as a honorary ambassador of Turkey to EU; with this capacity Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ launched “Women’s Initiative for Turkey in the EU”.

She is among the founding members of Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey - KAGIDER; she was also selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She assumed duties in the Board of Directors of Education Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV). She has been among the founding members of Turkish American Businessmen Association (TABA) and assumed duties in the Board of Directors. Again, she was one of the founders of the Turkish Third Sector Foundation - TÜSEV, and has been a founder and a board member of Istanbul Modern Art Museum since January 2004. Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ is a member of Vodafone Turkey Foundation Advisory Board and also a member of Koç University Corporate Governance Forum Strategy and Advisory Board and is the member of the Board of Directors of American Turkish Society.

She was serving at the advisery board at Expo 2015 Milano. She was awarded the title of Commander of Italy’s Star Order (Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia) in 2009. She is a member of World Economic Forum’s Industry Partner of Media, Entertainment and Information (MEI) Executive Board and also member of Board of Trustees at The Paley Center for Media.

Currently, Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ is the Chairperson of Doğan TV Holding. She is married with two children.

Vuslat DOĞAN SABANCI | Doğan Holding


Board Member

Vuslat Sabancı has been the Chairwoman of Hürriyet since May 26, 2010. She graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Economics and received her Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York, in the field of International Media and Communications.

She was the Chairwoman of the Executive Board between 2004 and 2010. Acquiring Trader Media East (TME) in 2007, Vuslat Sabancı transformed Hürriyet from a leading newspaper in Turkey into an international company. This acquisition was the largest foreign acquisition executed by a Turkish company till that day. TME is an online and printed media advertising company operating in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia. Iz Ruki v Ruki is one of the most recognized media brands in Russia. Irr.ru is the leading online classified ads company in Russia.

Vuslat Sabancı ensured Hürriyet’s position as a major player within the emerging media in Turkey through investing in digital publishing and services. hurriyet.com.tr became the most visited media website in Europe. Hürriyet online carries out its activities in the field of classified ads with hurriyetemlak.com, hurriyetoto.com and yenibiris.com, in the field of deal websites with yakala.co.

Investing in human rights and particularly in gender equality matters in Hürriyet, Vuslat Sabancı became the strong voice in this field in Turkey. As a result of “No! to Domestic Violence” campaign initiated by her, a law was enacted in this field after eight years. With “The Rightful Women Platform” that she established before 2011 General Elections, assembling all non-governmental organizations - carrying out activities concerning women matters in Turkey-under the same roof, she created a pressure platform to ensure that more women could be elected for the parliament. After 2011 elections, the number of female deputies increased from 48 to 78. Apart from these, Vuslat Sabancı carries out several activities in the name of giving women their rightful place in both social life and economy. The microloan project for women, along with similar efforts, constitute examples of such projects.

Vuslat Sabancı joined Hürriyet in 1996 as a Vice President in charge of advertisements and promoted to the position of Vice President of Marketing Operations Group. Her responsibilities in Hürriyet included marketing, sales, human resources and information technologies (IT).

Before joining Hürriyet, Sabancı worked at the Editorial Department of The New York Times and later at The Wall Street Journal, where she was instrumental in the formation of the Asian Business World News Channel and the paper’s Latin America edition.

Born in 1971, Vuslat Sabancı is married with two children. She is fluent in English.

Vuslat Sabancı is a lifetime honorary member of the International Press Institute (IPI), where she served as a Board Member for eight years. Vuslat Sabancı actively assumes duties at Endeavor Turkey - an international non-governmental organization (NGO) established with the purpose of determining and supporting entrepreneurs - and serves as a Board Member since its establishment in 2006. Moreover, Vuslat Sabancı has been a member of TÜSIAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association) since 2003.

Yağmur ŞATANA | Doğan Holding


Executive Director of the Board of Directors

Yağmur Şatana was born in 1963, and he is a graduate of TED Ankara College, and Finance/Economy graduate of the Gazi University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences.

Having begun his career in the banking industry in 1987, Yağmur Şatana has worked at various executive levels at Finansbank A.Ş. until 2008, and he has undertaken duties locally and overseas in Corporate Banking, Commercial Banking, Project Financing, and Cash Management as the Assistant General Manager and Deputy General Manager. During the same period, he has carried out the duties as the Chairman of Fiba Factoring, Girişim Factoring, and Finans Yatırım in addition to working as the Vice Chairman for Finans Finansal Kiralama. Since 2008, he has worked as the Chairman/Vice Chairman/Member of the Board in sixteen group companies operating in Finance, Real Estate, Tourism, Ports, Energy, and Retail Industries under Fiba and Fina Holding.

Yağmur Şatana, who has worked with the Demirören Group for one year in 2011 as the Holding Chief Executive Officer, has also worked in the Energy, LPG, and Fuel Oil industries, while at the same time functioning as the Member of the Board of Directors at Milliyet and Vatan Newspapers.

Yağmur Şatana who joined Kazancı Holding A.Ş. as a Member of the Board of Directors in 2012 has worked as the Chairman/Vice Chairman/Member of the Board in subsidiaries operating in the energy, generator, natural gas distribution, electricity distribution, tourism, agriculture, and food and beverages (Cookshop) industries for 5 years. Additionally, he has also carried on his duties as the Member of the Board of Directors with Detur International Holding B.V., operating in Tourism, and with Anadolu İplik ve Tekstil Fabrikaları, operating in petrochemicals/textiles industry.

Throughout his career, Yağmur Şatana has led significant change and transformation projects on balance sheet management, risk management, growth, project financing, and marketing.

He is married, and has one daughter.

İmre BARMANBEK | Doğan Holding


Board Member

Born in 1942, İmre Barmanbek graduated from Ankara University, School of Political Sciences with a BSc degree in Economics and Finance. Her career began as an Assistant Accountancy Specialist in the Board of Accountancy Specialists of Finance Ministry, then followed by a promotion to Accountancy Specialist. Between 1969 and 1972, she worked at the State Planning Organization as a State Planning Specialist and then, she returned to Finance Ministry. Between 1975-1977, she became a member of the Tax Appeals Commission of Finance Ministry.

In the aftermath of her successful career at the Ministry of Finance, she resigned and started her private sector career. İmre Barmanbek assumed the position of Finance Manager, for the joint venture company between Koç & Doğan Group’s, Doğuş Akü. She soon became General Manager of the company. Following this success, İmre Barmanbek assumed the position of Financial Coordinator for Doğan Holding and became CFO in 1998. Between 1999 and 2003, she respectively worked as CEO and Executive Director of Board of Directors.

Due to her dynamic management style and her focus on value added enhancements to Doğan Holding, she was acclaimed with the “Best Woman Manager of the Year” award in Turkey by Dünya Gazette in 2001. The international edition of prestigious Fortune Magazine recognized her “33rd Most Powerful Women of Bussiness” in 2001 and “22nd Most Powerful Women” in 2002. In this period, FORBES listed her amongst “Most Influential 100 Bussiness Women”. İmre Barmanbek has served as the Vice President of Doğan Holding Board of Directors since the beginning of 2003, and Board Member since August 2012.

Dr. A. Vural AKIŞIK | Doğan Holding

Dr. A. Vural

Independent Board Member

Upon completing his high school education at the Robert College in Istanbul, Dr. Vural Akışık finished his undergraduate study at the Department of Economics at the Middle East Technical University, before completing his MSc degree in mathematics at the same university. He completed his doctorate in mathematical statistics at the University of California, Berkeley.

He worked as an academician at the Middle East Technical University, and the University of California, Berkeley. After starting his professional career at Pamukbank, Akışık was appointed as the CEO of Interbank in 1984. In 1988, he was among the founding shareholders of the Turkish Merchant Bank, the first investment bank in Turkey, and he served as the Chairman and the CEO of the bank. In 1997, he was appointed as the CEO of Dışbank. In 2001, he was invited to serve as the chairman of the Public Banks Joint Board of Directors on a special mission to restructure the state banks. During the course of this task, he successfully completed the organisational and financial restructuring efforts, and returned to Dışbank to continue with his position as the Chairman. He also served as the Chairman of Petrol Ofisi, Executive Board Member and Vice Persident of Doğan Holding.

As of 28.02.2009, Dr. Akışık left his duty as the Vice Chairman of Doğan Şirketler Grubu Holding A.Ş., and furthermore in the past he has served as the Chairman of the Turkish-American Business Council; Member of the High Advisory Board of TÜSİAD; Board Member at Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV); Member of the Board of Trustees of the Malatya Education Foundation, and the Founding Member of Istanbul Education Foundation.

Ahmet Vural Akışık was elected as an Independent Board Member at the General Assembly Meeting dated March 31, 2017. Click here for the statement of indepence of Ahmet Vural Akışık.

Hacı Ahmet KILIÇOĞLU | Doğan Holding

Hacı Ahmet

Independent Board Member

Born in 1956, Hacı Ahmet Kılıçoğlu received his BA in economy in 1977, and his MBA in 1978 at the University of Essex in the UK. He started his career at the Turkish Republic Ministry of Industry and Technology in 1979, and continued in 1980 as an assistant specialist at the Turkiye İs Bankasi. Upon the completion of his military service, he worked at the private sector. Kılıçoğlu, who started working with Turk Eximbank in 1987, serve as the General Manager and Member of the Board of Directors between 1998 and 2010, after working at various levels within the bank. Kılıçoğlu, who served as the Deputy Chairman with Denizbank Board of Directors in 2010, is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of various entities in the private sector. Kılıçoğlu is also the Independent Board Member of Doğan Gazetecilik A.Ş.

Hacı Ahmet Kılıçoğlu was elected as an Independent Board Member at the General Assembly Meeting dated March 31, 2017. Click here for the statement of indepence of Hacı Ahmet Kılıçoğlu.

Tayfun BAYAZIT | Doğan Holding


Independent Board Member

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (1980), Bayazıt received his Master’s degrees (MBA-1983) in Finance and in International Relations from Columbia University. He began his professional banking career at Citibank. He served in senior management positions for 13 years within the Çukurova Group; Yapı Kredi (Assistant General Manager and Executive Board Member), Interbank (CEO) and the Banque de Commerce et de Placement SA Switzerland (President & CEO).

In 1999, he was appointed as the Vice Chairman of Doğan Holding and Dışbank Executive Director. In the same group, in 2001, he became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dışbank. After being appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2003, Bayazıt was appointed as the CEO of Fortis Turkey and as a member in the Fortis global governance committee in July 2005 after Dışbank’s majority shares were acquired by Fortis. After the General Assembly held in 2006, he became the Chairman of Fortis Turkey. In 2007, he returned to Yapı Kredi (UniCredit and Koç Group partnership) as an Executive Director and the General Manager, and became the Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2009. Bayazıt resigned from his position in Yapı Kredi in August 2011 in order to establish “Bayazıt Consultancy Services” company where he is currently the Chairman. While serving as an independent member in the Board of Directors of Migros, Boyner, TAV and Doğan Holding, Bayazıt is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Marsh McLennan Group (Marsh, Mercer and Oliver Wyman), Taaleri Portfolio Management and Mediobanca Turkey.

Bayazıt is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) and assumes active duties in non-governmental organizations such as Education Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV), Embarq, Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD).

Tayfun Bayazıt was elected as an Independent Board Member at the General Assembly Meeting dated March 31, 2017. Click here for the statement of indepence of Tayfun Bayazıt.

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