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.
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 has been the Board Member of Hürriyet since June 2017. 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 and Chairwoman of the Board between 2010 and 2017.
Vuslat Doğan 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 Doğan 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 Doğan 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. (Social Responsibility Projects)
Vuslat Doğan 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, Doğan 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 Doğan 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.
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 1942, İmre Barmanbek graduated from Ankara University’s School of Political Sciences with a BSc in Economics and Finance. She began her career as an Assistant Accountancy Specialist in the Board of Accountancy Specialists of the Ministry of Finance, then received a promotion and took the role of Accountancy Specialist. From 1969 to 1972, she worked at the State Planning Organization as a State Planning Specialist and then subsequently returned to the Ministry of Finance. Between 1975 and 1977, she served as a member of the Tax Appeals Commission of the Ministry of Finance.
In the wake of her successful career at the Ministry of Finance, she resigned and started her private sector career. Barmanbek assumed the position of Finance Manager for Doğuş Akü, the joint venture between Koç and the Doğan Group. She soon became the company’s General Manager. Following this success, Barmanbek assumed the position of Financial Coordinator for Doğan Holding and then became Chief Financial Officer (CEO) in 1998. Between 1999 and 2003, she worked first as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and then Executive Director of the Board of Directors.
Due to her dynamic management style and her focus on value-added enhancements to Doğan Holding, she was awarded the Best Woman Manager of the Year in Turkey by Dünya Gazette in 2001. The international edition of the prestigious Fortune Magazine recognized her as the 33rd Most Powerful Women in Business in 2001 and the 22nd Most Powerful Women in 2002. During this period, Forbes also listed her amongst the Most Influential 100 Business Women. Barmanbek has served as the Vice President of Doğan Holding’s Board of Directors since the beginning of 2003 has been a board member since August 2012.
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.
Mehmet Can KARABAĞ
Born in 1972, Mehmet Can Karabağ is a graduate of TED Ankara College and the Department of Business Administration in the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at Bilkent University. Having started his career in 1994 as an expert auditor with Arthur Andersen, Karabağ completed his MBA in Business Administration at the University of Southern California. After beginning his career as Strategic Planning and Business Development Director with Kıraça Holding in 1998, Karabağ served as the General Manager and a board member for Karsan Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. from 2000 to 2008. Simultaneously, he also served as a board member for Kıraça Holding and its various affiliates. From 2006 to 2008 Karabağ was the founding partner and the Vice Chairman of Sirena Marine, the manufacturer and the Turkish distributor of Azimut motor yachts. Since 2008, Karabağ has worked as an investor, entrepreneur, consultant and mediator in various fields, including real estate development, retail, food, and automotive, as well as industries involved with his own companies. As a consultant for the Doğan Holding Board of Directors since 2015, after having helmed the successful strategic and financial transformation of D&R, Çelik Halat and Ditaş, Karabağ continues to serve as a board member for Doğan Şirketler Grubu Holding A.Ş., in addition to his role as the Vice Chairman of Kanal D Romania and the Chairman of industry, tourism, and real estate companies under Doğan Holding.
Karabağ is married and has one child.
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 20 March 2019. 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 20 March 2019. 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. He was soon after appointed member of the Fortis Global Management Committee and Fortis Global Retail Management Team. In October 2007, he resigned from his duties at Fortisbank and became CEO of Turkey’s largest newsprint media holding company, 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, Yapı Kredi Bank Azerbaijan, Yapı Kredi Bank Moscow, Yapı Kredi Koray Real Estate Investment Trust, and Koç Finance, 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 was elected as an independent board member at the General Assembly Meeting on 20 March 2019. Click here for the statement of independence of Hüseyin Faik Açıkalın.
Independent Board Member
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.
Uğur was elected as an independent board member at the General Assembly Meeting on March 20, 2019. Click here for the statement of indepence of Agah Uğur
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