Board of Directors

Atilla Koç – Board Member
Born in 1946, Mr. Atilla Koç was appointed to the Board of Directors on August 1st, 2016. Mr. Koç has been a member of Turkcell’s board of directors since March 2013 and currently serves as a member of its audit committee. After working as an Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior and as the Chief of Police in Konya, he served as the District Governor of the Ulubey, Nusaybin and Bayındır districts, and as the Governor of Siirt and Giresun provinces. He has also been the Prime Minister’s Undersecretary, the General Secretary of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, and the Central Governor. Then, Mr. Koç served as AKP Aydın Deputy in 22nd and 23rd period of Grand National Assembly of Turkey and the Minister of Culture and Tourism in the 59th Government. He graduated from Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Science.

İzzet Serhat Demir – Board Member
Born in 1974, Mr. Serhat Demir was appointed to the Board of Directors on August 1st, 2016. Mr. Demir is serving as Turkcell’s Executive Vice President of the Legal and Regulation Function since May 2015. Mr. Demir began his professional career in 1997 at Dun & Bradstreet. He worked as a lawyer and held executive and directorial positions responsible for legal affairs at Yıldız Holding and Çalık Holding. He was a member of the board of directors of Çalık Holding A.Ş. and Albtelecom ShA and currently is a member of the board of directors of Banka Kombetare Tregtare ShA and Aktif Yatırım Bankası A.Ş. Mr. Demir graduated from the Faculty of Law at İstanbul University and holds an MBA degree.

Murat Erkan- Board Member

Born in 1969, Mr. Murat Erkan was appointed to the Board of Directors on May 13th, 2019. Murat Erkan was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer on March 15, 2019. Mr. Erkan, who started his professional life at Toshiba, became an Application Engineer at Biltam Mühendislik and then became the first “System Engineer” of Turkey at Cisco Turkey. He served as Chief Officer at Cisco Systems in charge of technology, sales, business development and channel management for ten years. Mr. Erkan had been the Business Unit Manager at Aneltech working on solutions related to Telecommunication, Mobile, ICT, the defense industry and industrial products sectors starting in 2006. Murat Erkan joined Turkcell Group in June 2008 as the General Manager of Turkcell Superonline, and between December 2015-March 2019 he assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Sales. Murat Erkan graduated from the Yıldız Technical University Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Department in 1992. He completed the Strategic Marketing Program at Harvard Business School in 2010.

Emre Erdem- Board Member

Born in 1978, Mr. Emre Erdem was appointed to the Board of Directors on May 13th, 2019. Emre Erdem has been a part of Turkcell Group since 2007. He has been Director of International & Wholesale Management for Turkcell Turkey since May 2019. Prior to this position, Mr. Erdem served as Carrier Relations and Wholesale Director for Turkcell and just before this role he was Deputy General Manager for Carrier Relations and Wholesale in Turkcell Superonline (the fixed services company of the group) starting from February 2013 and was serving as the Manager of the same department starting from 2009. Prior to his wholesale career Mr. Erdem hold the position as Billing, Collection & Revenue Assurance Manager in Turkcell Superonline. Mr. Erdem who started his professional life as an auditor at Arthur Andersen Turkey in 2000 and worked in Ernst & Young as an auditor until 2003. He moved to Telecommunication with the liberalization of the sector in 2004 taking the role of Billing & Customer Accounts Manager in Borusan Telekom. Emre Erdem received his undergraduate degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2000, majored in Management Science and Engineering Department.

Hıfzullah Özkaya- Board Member

Born in 1981, Mr. Hıfzullah Özkaya was appointed to the Board of Directors on January 30th, 2019. Mr. Özkaya began working at PricewaterhouseCoopers’s assurance department in 2006. During his time with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Özkaya spent one year working in the United States. Mr. Özkaya joined Turkcell in 2013 as the Financial Advisor to the chairman and the board of directors. He also served as CFO of Global Tower between 2016 and 2019. Mr. Özkaya is a certified public accountant and licensed independent auditor in Turkey and holds various professional licences from the CMB. Mr. Özkaya graduated from Boğaziçi University Political Science Department and holds a Master of Science degree from Marmara University in Accounting and Finance.