Doğan Şirketler Grubu Holding A.Ş.
Burhaniye Mahallesi Kısıklı Caddesi No: 65 34676 Üsküdar/İstanbul
+90 (216) 556 90 00
Board of Directors
Dr. A. Vural
Independent Board Member
Independent Board Member
Independent Board Member
Independent Board Member
Y. Begümhan DOĞAN FARALYALI
Begüm Doğan Faralyalı received her bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from London School of Economics (UK) and earned her MBA degree from Stanford University (USA).
She started her professional career as a consultant at Arthur Andersen NY office and moved to London Office of Monitor Group, where she worked as a consultant for restructuring European media and technology companies.
From 2004, she hold different positions at Doğan Media Group. Starting from 2007, she led the start- up process of Kanal D Romania, a national entertainment channel in Romanian which later became one of the top three channels in Romania. She became the CEO of Star TV in 2009 and became the president of Doğan TV Holding that contained two national entertainment channels, a news channel, radios, and a production company.
Begüm Doğan Faralyalı became the chairwoman of Doğan Holding in January 2012, which is a publicly traded company with a group of companies in energy, retail, tourism, real estate development, media and industry. She is president of Doğan Burda Magazine Group and Doğan Egmont Publishing Group and Kanal D Romania.
She is on the advisory board of Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She is the founder and active spokesperson of the “Common Values Movement” in Turkey and a voluntary ambassador for a “Values Driven Society”. She is also a board member of the trustees of World Wild Fund (WWF); the dream partner of Young Guru Academy (YGA), a non-profit organization working with young social entrepreneurs, and a member of the advisory board of UNDP İstanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development.
Hanzade V. DOĞAN BOYNER
Hanzade Doğan Boyner is a leading figure in business world as well as a leading philanthropist. As a pioneer of e-commerce & technology businesses in Turkey, she founded Doğan Online Group with diverse portfolio of technology companies. She has led the group company Hepsiburada with subsidiary businesses to become the biggest online retailer in EMEA. As the Chairperson and leader of the Turkey’s largest technology platforms Doğan Boyner continues to lead the digital transformation of Turkey to create a significant impact on digitalization of the retail industry across the country.
Beyond her entrepreneurial accomplishments, Doğan Boyner has vast experience in leading established Turkish companies across industries. Previously, as Vice Chairperson of Doğan Holding & Doğan Media Group, she managed operations in various industries such as energy, media and trade. As Chairperson of Petrol Ofisi, she led the fuel products distribution and lubricants company where she later formed strategic partnerships for the company. Doğan Boyner currently serves also as the Chairperson of Aydın Doğan Foundation, which oversees Group’s philanthropic activities. She has established and led the award-winning government backed “Dad Send Me To School” campaign that aimed to eliminate economic and cultural barriers in young female education across Turkey. 50K scholarships were given to young girls and 33 girls’ dorms were built throughout Turkey, in line with the objectives of this nationally recognized program. Under her auspices Aydın Doğan Foundation continues to serve for the development of young girls in Turkey through various programs.
Doğan Boyner is actively involved in various non-profit, business and trade organizations. She is the founding member and Vice Chairperson of Global Relations Forum as well as a member of the Brookings Institute Board of Trustees, European Council on Foreign Relations and Turkish Industry and Business Association. Doğan Boyner is an active participant to World Economic Forum and a Committee Member of the Digital Platforms and Ecosystems Initiative.
She is a graduate of London School of Economics, has received her MBA from Columbia University where she also serves on the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers.
Agah Ugur was born in 1957 in Istanbul, Turkey.
He studied industrial engineering at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. and then qualified as a chartered accountant in England in 1985.
He worked in accountancy, consulting and banking firms in England and Turkey before joining Borusan Group in 1989 as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He worked as a Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) between 2001-2019 and still is the advisor to the Chairman and a member of the Board of Borusan Holding. Agah has held numerous board and advisory board positions in NGO’s. Currently he serves as a member of TUSIAD’s High Advisory Council, a board member of Dogan Holding A.S. and the Turkish American Business Council, a member of the board of Trustees of Sabanci University, a member of the advisory council of Bahçeşehir University and a member of the advisory board of Columbia University’s Istanbul Global Center. He invests in tech start-ups.
Ugur is married with two daughters and is also an avid art collector.
Arzuhan DOĞAN YALÇINDAĞ
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 an 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 the Board of Directors of American Turkish Society. She was serving at the advisory 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, member of Board of Trustees at The Paley Center for Media and also a member of Directors’ Comittee of International Academy of Television, Arts&Sciences.
Vuslat DOĞAN SABANCI
Vuslat Doğan Sabancı is a business leader and a philanthropist, as well as a leading voice on human rights, gender equality, and freedom of expression, both in Turkey and globally.
In her 22 years at Hurriyet Publishing, the leading newspaper group in Turkey, Ms. Doğan Sabancı served as CEO from 2004-2008, and as chairwoman from 2008-2018. She retired from her position in May 2018, when the Doğan family divested from all their major media assets.
Under Ms. Doğan Sabancı’s leadership, Hürriyet not only became the largest and most influential newspaper in Turkey, but also Turkey's largest digital content company. Before her retirement, one in every two Turkish Internet users interacted with Hürriyet’s online content daily, more than any other digital company. She also led the startup of, and still chairs, Hurriyet Emlak, which started operations as classified ads in Hurriyet newspaper and transformed into Turkey’s number one digital real estate vertical.
In addition to leading a major digital transformation, Ms. Doğan Sabancı led the editorial policy of promoting gender equality and minority rights, and played a major role in highlighting such rights in the public perception as well as in the legal system.
She initiated the “No! To Domestic Violence” campaign in 2004 to advance social empowerment of women, the first example of her efforts to use media in order to effect major positive social change. The campaign was honored with a UN Grand Award for outstanding achievement in October 2006, and was also introduced as an exemplar in the European Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly Women’s Rights Commission’s report. For the empowerment of women in politics, Ms. Doğan Sabancı initiated The Rightful Women Platform, which was formed in cooperation with 42 prominent NGOs. The platform strives to achieve equal representation of women in politics, business and social life. With her support of a major microcredit project by the Grameen Bank in Turkey, Ms. Doğan Sabancı is also contributing to the economic empowerment of Turkish women.
With the hindsight of 20 years experience in journalism, media and civic leadership, Ms. Doğan Sabancı was compelled to explore alternative channels to convene thoughtful conversations in the midst of escalating social, economic and political divisions. To this end, she is in the process of launching the V Foundation as a global initiative to promote genuine connectedness “within and with the other” through art and storytelling, cultural entrepreneurship, and research and policy partnerships.
Recently Ms. Doğan Sabancı has been actively advancing better conversations on difficult issues such as Islam, and the role of media as a channel to initiate better conversations. In line with these efforts, she co-hosted a panel titled, “Islamophobia: Overcoming Myths and Engaging in a Better Conversation” with the Atlantic Council. She also delivered a keynote speech at the World Leader Forum in Columbia University on ‘Fostering a Better Conversation on Islam: The Role of Media’.
As a forward spokesperson, Ms. Doğan Sabancı constantly promotes Gender Equality on different platforms. She gave a keynote speech about gender issues in the media, “Women and Media: Gender Equality”, at Columbia University campus.
Before joining Hurriyet, Ms. Doğan Sabancı worked at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, where she dealt with the formation of the Asian Business World News Channel and the Latin American Edition of the Journal. She holds a BA in Economics from Bilkent University, and completed her graduate studies in International Media and Communications at Columbia University's SIPA.
Currently, Ms. Doğan Sabancı is a Member of the Board of Doğan Group of Companies Holding, one of Turkey’s largest business enterprises with investments in petroleum products retail, electricity generation and trading, automotive trade and marketing, industry, finance and investment, internet, real estate investments, entertainment and media, tourism and foreign trade.
Ms. Doğan Sabancı is a lifetime honorary board member of the International Press Institute (IPI), which promotes freedom of expression and media globally. She serves on Columbia University's Global Centers Advisory Board, as well as the Columbia Global Leadership Council.
She is a Founding Board Member of Endeavour Turkey, which cultivates entrepreneurship in Turkey, and a member of the board of Turkish Businesswoman Association (TIKAD).
Çağlar Göğüş earned his B.Sc. degree in Business Administration at Bilkent University in Turkey, and his MBA from the University of Florida. He began his professional career in 1996 as a Senior Analyst at Coopers & Lybrand (current PwC). In 2000, Following his tenure as Senior Analyst and consultant at Arthur Andersen and AT Kearney, he joined the Peppers & Rogers Group. Later becoming an international partner at Peppers & Rogers, he initially served as the General Manager overseeing after- sales services in all regions. Göğüş played an important role in Peppers & Rogers’ growth in the EMEA region and beyond. Through his consultancy work for over fifty major companies and regulatory authorities across a range of geographic areas, he has gained special expertise in strategic growth and transformation. He has attained vast experience over the years in the new economic order as well as in classic economics.
Göğüş joined the Doğan Group in 2015 as an independent board member for Hürriyet Gazetecilik. After holding this position for one year, he served for over two years as Hürriyet Gazetecilik’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). During his tenure, he oversaw important projects, including those involving digital transformation, efficiency, profitability, redefining of business processes and the designing of a corporate character for Hürriyet Emlak (Hürriyet Real Estate and Properties).
Göğüş is married and has a daughter and a son.
Born in 1959 in Istanbul, Ahmet Toksoy was graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Business Administration, Finance Department in 1981 He worked as a Tax Inspector in the Ministry of Finance from 1984 to 1989 Following that, he began to work in Hürriyet Holding as a member of the Supervisory Board. He occupied the position of Deputy Director of Finance from 1990 to 1991 and Director of Finance from 1991 to 1995 in Hürriyet Newspaper. Then, he worked as a certified public accountant in Aktif Denetim Certified Public Accounting Company for 3 years.
He was assigned as the Group Head of Finance at Hurriyet Newspaper in 1998, which he continued for 11 years, and in early 2010, he took up the position of Head of Audit and Risk Management at Doğan Holding. In the course of that period, he held offices of Member and Chairman of Board in various companies of the conglomerate. Toksoy also worked as the Chairman of Board at Hürriyet Journalism and Printing Inc. during 2017-2018.
Toksoy left the offices of Doğan Holding Head of Finance and Executive Board Member which he held from September 2011 until the end of July 2019.
He was appointed as a Board Member of Doğan Holding in March 2019.
Toksoy is married and a father-of-one.
Dr. A. Vural AKIŞIK
Independent Board Member
Upon completing his high school education at Robert College in Istanbul, Dr. A. Vural Akışık pursued his undergraduate study in 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.
Dr. Akışık worked as an academic at the Middle East Technical University and the University of California, Berkeley. After beginning his professional career at Pamukbank, Akışık was appointed Chief Executive Officer 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 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the bank. In 1997, he was appointed 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 state banks. While overseeing this project, he successfully completed organizational and financial restructuring efforts and returned to Dışbank to continue his position as Chairman. He also served as the Chairman of Petrol Ofisi, Executive Board Member and Vice President of Doğan Holding.
As of 28 February 2009, Dr. Akışık has left his position as the Vice Chairman of Doğan Şirketler Grubu Holding A.Ş. Over the years, he has also served as the Chairman of the Turkish-American Business Council; Member of the High Advisory Board of TÜSİAD; board member of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV); Member of the Board of Trustees of the Malatya Education Foundation; and the Founding Member of the Istanbul Education Foundation.
Dr. Akışık was elected as an independent board member at the General Assembly Meeting on 27 March 2020. Click here for Dr. Akışık’s statement of independence.
Hacı Ahmet KILIÇOĞLU
Independent Board Member
Born in Tire in 1956, Hacı Ahmet Kılıçoğlu received his undergraduate degree in Economics in 1977 and his graduate degree in 1978 from the University of Essex in the U.K. He began his career in 1979 at the Ministry of Industry and Technology. Continuing on to work with Türkiye İş Bankası and the United Nations Development Program, Kılıçoğlu served as the General Manager of Türk Eximbank from 1998 to 2010. Kılıçoğlu, who has also served as the Head of the Berne Union and as the Advisor to the Chairman of the Islamic Development Bank, currently serves on the board of directors of select private sector entities.
Hacı Ahmet Kılıçoğlu was elected an independent board member at the General Assembly Meeting on 27 March 2020. Click here for the statement of independence of Hacı Ahmet Kılıçoğlu.
Hüseyin Faik AÇIKALIN
Independent Board Member
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Middle East Technical University, Faik Açıkalın began his banking career in 1987 as a management trainee at Interbank. He subsequently held various positions, including Internal Auditor, Relationship Manager, Branch Manager and Marketing Manager at Interbank, Marmarabank, Kentbank, Finansbank and Demirbank. In May 1998, he joined Dışbank— later renamed Fortis following its acquisition by the eponymous international finance group—as Executive Vice President. Later that year, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) responsible for the coordination and communication between the Board of Directors and business units. He also assumed his position as a Member of the Credit Committee. In June 1999, Açıkalın was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a member of the Board of Directors. In December 2000, he became CEO of Dışbank. Following the acquisition of the majority shares of Dışbank by Fortis in July 2005, he continued to serve as CEO of the bank after it was renamed Fortisbank. Within that period he worked at international management of Fortis. In October 2007, he resigned from his duties at Fortisbank and became CEO of Doğan Gazetecilik. In April 2009, Açıkalın was appointed Executive Director of Yapı Kredi’s Board of Directors and was also appointed Chairman of the Executive Committee.
Serving as Yapı Kredi’s CEO since May 2009, in addition to his current role, Açıkalın was also appointed as CEO of Koç Financial Services in 2010 Furthermore, in August 2011, Açıkalın became the President of Koç Holding’s Banking and Insurance Group. Açıkalın also still serves as Chairman of Yapı Kredi Malta, Yapı Kredi Invest, Yapı Kredi Leasing, Yapı Kredi Factoring, Yapı Kredi Bank Nederland NV, Yapı Kredi Bank Azerbaijan, Yapı Kredi Bank Moscow, Yapı Kredi Koray Real Estate Investment Trust, and Koç Finansman A.Ş., and as Vice Chairman of Banque de Commerce et de Placements S.A. and Allianz Yaşam ve Emeklilik and as Director of the Banks Association of Turkey. At the end of 2017, Açıkalın left his duties at Koç Holding, YKB and its subsidiaries. Hüseyin Faik Açıkalın has been serving as an Independent Board Member on Doğan Holding's Board of Directors since March 30th, 2018.
Click here for Hüseyin Faik Açıkalın's statement of independence prepared for the Ordinary General Assembly Meeting dated March 27, 2020.
Ali Aydın PANDIR
Independent Board Member
After completing his education at Istanbul Technical University as a Mechanical Engineer, Ali Aydın Pandır started his professional business life at Koç Holding, where he worked between 1981 – 1989, having started as an engineer and an executive at its R&D and Otokar companies.
He joined General Motors in 1990, where he served at various positions, namely, Opel Turkey After Sales Manager until 1992, Germany Opel International After Sales Manager between 1992 and 1995, Business Development Manager at Singapore General Motors Asia Pacific Center between 1995 and 1998, General Manager at Shanghai General Motors between 1998 and 2000, General Manager at General Motors Overseas Distribution Corporation between 2000 and 2005, and Chairman at General Motors Indonesia between 2005 and 2006.
After having continued his career as the Tofaş CEO until 2012 and the Fiat Group Turkish Country Head until 2013, upon joining Fiat in 2006, he has joined the Erdemir Group in 2013, and served as the Chairman and the CEO of the Ereğli and İskenderun Iron and Steel Industry Co. until 2017.
He has been making investments in the education sector in addition to serving as management consultant, independent board member, and NGO board member at various institutions and entities since 2017.
Ali Aydın Pandır was elected as an independent board member at the BoD Meeting on January 6, 2021. Click here for the statement of indepence of Ali Aydın Pandır.
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