Managerial Staff

  • Ahmet ÇalıkChairman

    Born in 1958 in Malatya, Ahmet Çalık began business life by establishing Ortadoğu Tekstil Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş in 1981. Mister Çalık, born into a textile industrialist family active in the sector since the 1930s, made the first ever large-scale industrial investment of Eastern Anatolia by setting up Gap Güneydoğu Tekstil San. ve Tic. A.Ş. in Malatya. In the same period, in line with his international vision and investment goals, he invested in Turkmenistan, a Central Asian country that had recently gained its independence. Leveraging on his trade experience accumulated in Turkey since 1992, he went global investing in significant projects in energy, telecommunications, finance, construction, textile and mining sectors in numerous countries. Çalık Holding was founded in 1997 to unite all Group companies under one roof. In 1992, he became one of the business leaders bringing in the largest investment in Albania and Kosovo. Mr. Çalık was declared worthy of the Turkmenistan Order of State and presented with the Turkmenistan Mahdum Guli Award in 1997. In 1999, he received the State Medal of Distinguished Service from the Republic of Turkey and the Gayrat Medal from Turkmenistan. He was honored with the Turkmenistan Golden Age Merit in 2001, the Distinguished Service Medal by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002, the Distinguished Service Award of the Turkish Grand National Assembly and the “Turkey in Europe - Franco Nobili’’ award in 2006. In 2012, the Chairman was declared the Honorary Council of Bursa by the Republic of Kazakhstan, and in 2014 he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. That same year, Ahmet Çalık was awarded Honorary Ph.D. degrees from the Matsumoto Dental University in Japan and the University of Tirana in Albania. Under his supervision as the Board Chairman, Çalık Holding Companies operate in 17 countries from Central Asia to Middle East and from Balkans to North Africa, employing 24,000 people.

  • Mehmet UstaDeputy Chairman

    Born in 1950, Mehmet Usta graduated from the Department of Economics and Finance at the Eskişehir Academy of Economic and Commercial Sciences. He has more than 35 years of banking experience. Following his service in Anadolu Bank between 1979 and 1987 as inspector and executive, he hold various high-level executive positions in Emlak Bank both in Turkey and abroad between 1987 and 1994. Then, between 1994 until March 2007, he served at the Banque du Bosphore in Paris as CEO and Board member. In April 2008 he joined Aktif Bank as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors. Since July 2009, Mr. Usta also acts as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Banka Kombetare Tregtare, a subsidiary of Çalık Holding operating in Albania and Kosovo. He has been a Member of Board at the Brussels-based World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) since May 2012 and acts as Chairman of the Board at Aktif Bank subsidiaries UPT Ödeme Hizmetleri A.Ş. and  Sigortayeri Sigorta ve Reasürans Brokerlik A.Ş.

  • Mehmet Ertuğrul GürlerBoard Member

    Mehmet Ertuğrul Gürler was born in 1958 and graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Economics. Since then he has accumulated 39 years of business experience. He held several positions at Dow Türkiye A.Ş. from 1987 until 1994, including the positions of CFO and Board Member. Following his positions in Total Oil Türkiye A.Ş. between 1994 and 1998 as the Deputy CEO and Secretary General, he became CEO of Çalık Holding in 1998. Mr. Gürler still serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board at Banka Kombetare Tregtare and Çalık Denim Textile. He serves on the Boards of Aktif Bank, ALBtelecom, Gap Construction and Gap Marketing.  Mr. Gürler furthermore takes responsibility as Board Chairman at YEPAŞ.

  • Veysel ŞahinBoard Member

    Born in 1959, Veysel Şahin graduated from Ankara Gazi University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, earning a degree from the Public Administration Department. He completed his post-graduate studies at Bahçeşehir University. Having started his banking career in 1985 as an Assistant Auditor, he later assumed positions in different departments and branches, foreign representative offices as well as the position of Chairman of the Audit Board at Anadolu Bank, Emlak Bank and Ziraat Bank. He also worked as an Audit Board member at Axa Insurance and Board member at TKİ Bank Kazakhstan. Since 2009, Mr. Şahin serves on the Board of Directors and is an Audit Committee Member at Aktif Bank.

  • Ahmet Celalettin YıldırımBoard Member

    Born in 1968, Ahmet Celalettin Yıldırım pursued studies in English to earn a degree in Economics from Istanbul University in 1991. Starting his career as a management trainee at Yapı ve Kredi Bank the same year, he was appointed Head of Treasury in 1999 after fulfilling many different roles in the bank. He continued his career as the CEO and Board Member at Yapı Kredi Germany. Upon his return to Istanbul, he became the CEO of Yapı Kredi Invest and assumed board membership duties in other subsidiaries of the company. After serving as the CEO and Board Member of Alternatif Yatırım A.Ş., he joined Çalık Holding in 2014 as the Group Chairman Responsible for Financial Relations and Strategic Planning and also became a Board Member at that time. Mr. Yıldırım has furthermore taken responsibility as a Board Member at Aktif Bank since April, 2015.

  • Dr. Serdar SümerCEO and Board Member

    Doctor Serdar Sümer was born in 1973 and took his undergraduate education from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Business Administration Department. He completed graduate study in Virginia, U.S.A., at the College of William and Mary before returning to Turkey to earn a Ph.D. from the Marmara University Banking and Insurance Institute. Certified as a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and a Certified Public Accountant, Dr. Sümer started his career as Sworn-in Bank Auditor in 1996, then worked in Aktif Bank as Executive Vice-President responsible for Capital Markets between 2008 and 2014. Since 2014 he has served as a partner and Member of the Board at Tera Equities. Dr. Sümer brought his 21-year experience in banking back to Aktif Bank and has served as CEO and Board Member since May, 2015.

  • Ahmet Erdal GüncanExecutive Vice President, Corporate Banking

    Born in 1969, Ahmet Erdal Güncan took a degree in Civil Engineering from Istanbul Technical University before specializing in construction management at the same institution. Mr. Güncan worked in the banking sector for 20 years before joining Aktif Bank in 2008.

  • Ayşegül AdacaExecutive Vice President, Retail Banking Credits

    Born in 1974, Ayşegül Adaca graduated from Boğaziçi University Civil Engineering Department and continued her graduate school at Stanford University. Adaca has 19 years of experience in banking and joined Aktif Bank in 2015.

  • Dr. Gökhan ÖzdinçExecutive Vice President, Information Technology and Operation

    Born in 1975, Gökhan Özdinç earned a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Boğaziçi University. He continued on to complete M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in that institution’s Business Administration Department. He has 18 years of banking experience and lectures part-time in the department of MIS and Computer Engineering at Boğaziçi University.  Dr. Özdinç joined Aktif Bank in 2014.

  • Gürol GüngörExecutive Vice President, Retail Banking Sales and Subsdiaries Coordination

    Gürol Güngör was born in 1976 and graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Industrial Engineering Department. He later earned his graduate degree in banking at Marmara University. With 19 years of banking experience, he joined Aktif Bank in 2015.

  • Kemaleddin KoyuncuExecutive Vice President, Legislation and Legal Affairs

    Kemaleddin Koyuncu was born in 1970 and graduated from Middle East Technical University Business Administration Department.  He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on the way to 25 years of banking experience.  Mr. Koyuncu joined Aktif Bank in 2015.

  • Murat BarlasExecutive Vice President, Finance

    Murat Barlas, born in 1968, graduated from Istanbul University, Department of Mathematics. Busy in the banking sector for 21 years, he joined Aktif Bank in 2015.

  • Ömer ÜnverenExecutive Vice President, Treasury

    Ömer Ünveren, born in 1976, graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Sciences and Business Administration Department. He brought his 16 years banking experience to Aktif Bank in 2014.

  • Hakan ÖzatManaging Director, Internal Systems

    Born in 1980, Hakan Özat is a graduate of the Marmara University Department of Economics. Aktif Bank hired Mr. Özat in 2015 on the basis of his 13 years of experience in the sector. 

  • Muzaffer Suat UtkuManaging Director, Financial Institutions

    Muzaffer Suat Utku was born in 1974 and graduated from U.S. International University of San Diego, Business Administration Department. He completed his M.B.A. at London University College. He joined Aktif Bank in 2007 and has 18 years banking experience.

  • Selcan KaytancıManaging Director, Human Resources Group

    Born in 1974, Mrs. Selcan Kaytancı graduated from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Middle East Technical University. She received her master degree in Human Resources from Bahçeşehir University. With 18 years of experience, Mrs. Kaytancı joined Aktif Bank in 2014.

  • Filiz Erendaç Managing Director, Legal Group

    Born in 1976, Mrs. Filiz Erendaç graduated from the Department of Law at Ankara University. She received her master degree in Commercial Law from Ankara University. With 18 years of experience, Mrs. Erendaç joined Aktif Bank in 2016.