Managerial Staff

  • Ahmet ÇalıkChairman

    Born in Malatya in 1958, Ahmet Çalık began his own personal enterprise in textile in 1981 as a member of a family that has been engaged in the textile industry since 1930. Ahmet Çalık is one of the leading players in Turkey and abroad with investments in seven sectors, namely energy, construction, mining, textile, telecom, finance and digital, which he brought under the same roof in 1997 with the foundation of Çalık Holding. Ahmet Çalık’s visionary philosophy drives him to invest in projects that benefit people and the society at large, and his activities across the globe and long-term collaborations with international enterprises have earned him a well-deserved reputation for integrity and reliability. Ahmet Çalık was awarded numerous honors in Turkey and abroad, including Japanese Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon, Turkmenistan Order of the State, Magtymguly International Prize and Gaýrat Medal, and Republic of Turkey State Medal of Distinguished Service Medal, Ministry of the Exterior Distinguished Service Medal and the Grand National Assembly Distinguished Service Award. Ahmet Çalık was granted the title Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Bursa, and holds honorary PhDs from Matsumoto Dental University and Kindai University in Japan and University of Tirana in Albania. Ahmet Çalık is currently serving as the Chairman of Çalık Holding and its group companies.

  • Mehmet UstaDeputy Chairman

    Born in 1950, Mehmet Usta graduated from the Economics and Finance Department of Eskişehir Academy of Economics and Commercial Sciences. He has a background of more than 40 years in banking. He served as inspector and manager in Anadolu Bank between 1979 and 1987 and held senior management positions in Emlak Bank, both in Turkey and abroad in the Netherlands and France, between 1987 and 1994. From May 1994 to March 2007, he served at Banque du Bosphore, Paris as the General Manager and Board Member, and in April 2008, he joined Aktif Bank as the Deputy Chairman. In December 2008, he assumed the position of Deputy Chairman at Çalık Holding company Banka Kombetare Tregtare Albania before becoming Chairman in July 2009. He has also been the Chairman of Banka Kombetare Tregtare Kosovo since May 2008. Since May 2012, he has been a Board Member of the Brussels-based WSBI (World Savings and Retail Banking Institute), and from March 2015 onwards, he has held the title of Chairman at Aktif Bank subsidiaries UPT Ödeme Hizmetleri A.Ş., Sigortayeri Sigorta, and Reasürans Brokerlik A.Ş.

  • Mehmet Ertuğrul GürlerBoard Member

    Born in 1958, Mehmet Ertuğrul Gürler graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Management. Gürler has over 40 years of professional experience. From 1978 to 1981, he worked at the Personnel Affairs and Accounting department of Marshall Boya ve Vernik San. A.Ş., and between 1983 and 1987, at BP Overseas Refining Company Ltd. Refinery Department as the Department Assistant. He held several positions at Dow Türkiye A.Ş. from 1987 to 1994, including Financial Affairs Manager and Board Member. Between 1994 and 1998, he was the Deputy General Manager at Total Oil Turkey A.Ş. Before joining Çalık Holding A.Ş. as the General Manager. Currently, Gürler serves as the Deputy Chairman at Çalık Holding, Banka Kombetare Tregtare, ALBtelecom, Çalık Denim, Başak Yönetim Sistemleri, Cetel Telekom, Çalık Finansal Hizmetler, Çalık Hava Taşımacılık, Irmak Yönetim Sistemleri, Kentsel Dönüşüm İnşaat and Enrich Cotton, and a Board Member at Aktif Bank, Gap İnşaat, Gap Pazarlama, Çalık Emlak ve Gayrimenkul, Çalık İnşaat and Doğu Akdeniz Petro Kimya. Since 2017, he has served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee at Banka Kombetare Tregtare, Çalık Holding, Çalık Enerji, YEPAŞ, Albtelecom and Gap İnşaat. He is also a member of the Credit, Remuneration and Corporate Governance Committees at Aktif Bank.

  • Veysel ŞahinBoard Member

    Born in 1959, Veysel Şahin has a degree in Public Administration from Ankara Academy of Economic and Commercial Sciences. He received his master’s degree in Business Administration from Bahçeşehir University. He has 35 years of experience in banking, and is a certified public accountant and independent auditor. He started his career in banking as a deputy inspector in 1985. He served as an inspector, department and branch manager, overseas representative and Chairman of the Inspection Board at Anadolu Bank, Emlak Bank, Ziraat Bank International AG and Ziraat Bank. He was a member of the Audit Committee of Axa Insurance and a Board Member of TKI Bank Kazakhstan. In 2009 Şahin joined Aktif Bank as a Board Member and since then he has served as the Audit Committee Chairman and Corporate Governance Committee Member. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Aktif Bank subsidiary N Kolay Ödeme Kurulusu and a member of the Audit Committee at GAP İnşaat.

  • Kemaleddin KoyuncuBoard Member

    Born in 1970, Kemaleddin Koyuncu studied Business Administration at Middle East Technical University and received an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Koyuncu has a professional background of 28 years. He began his career in banking in 1992 as a deputy inspector at Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş. Between 1996 and 2001, he served as a Treasury Specialist at the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Treasury. From 2001 to 2015, he worked as a Banking Specialist, Deputy Head of Department, Senior Chief Specialist of Banking, Department Head and Deputy Department Head at the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BRSA). Between 2003 and 2004, he sat on the Board of Toprak Sigorta/Ege Sigorta. He joined Aktif Bank in 2015 as Executive Vice President. Since September 2017, he has served as a member of the Board and the Audit Committee of Aktif Bank.

  • Tarık BaşaraBoard Member

    Born in 1961, Tarık Başara graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Business Administration. Başara has over 30 years of experience in banking, which he began at Türkiye İş Bankası as inspector in 1986. From 1993 to 2003, he worked at İşbank GmbH where he was responsible for managing organization, accounting and information technologies departments, and took part in several restructuring and IT projects. Başara returned to Turkey in 2005 to rejoin Türkiye İş Bankası where he served as unit head at the Subsidiaries Department between 2005 and 2007, led various branches from 2007 to 2012, and worked as Department Head of Banking Core Operations from 2012 to 2017 before his retirement from the company. Since April 2019, Başara has been a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee at Aktif Bank.

  • Ayşegül Adaca OğanBoard Member

    Born in 1974, Ayşegül Adaca Oğan completed her bachelor’s degree in Boğaziçi University Civil Engineering Department and her master’s degree in Stanford University. With 22 years of banking experience, Oğan joined Aktif Bank in 2015.

  • Dr. Serdar SümerCEO and Board Member

    Born in 1973, Serdar Sümer holds a degree in Business Administration from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences. He completed his master’s in Business Administration at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA, and in April 2011, received a PhD in banking at the Marmara University Institute of Banking and Insurance. Sümer is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and Certified Public Accountant. He started his career in 1996 as a Sworn-in Bank Auditor. From 2008 to 2014, he served as the Executive Vice President of Subsidiaries Management and Capital Markets at Aktif Bank. Having developed various innovative solutions to address customers’ financial needs to increase the effectiveness of products and channels in capital markets; in 2013 Sümer led the issue of the first lease certificate for project financing in Turkey. He oversaw the launch of Turkey’s first bank bond and ABS products and the coordination of the Bank’s subsidiaries and affiliates within the most effective management structure. After working as an executive at an industry-leading investment company, Sümer returned to Aktif Bank in 2015 to assume the role of CEO, and has since been the Bank’s CEO and a Board Member leading the Aktif Bank’s subsidiaries. Sümer is also a Board Member at N Kolay Ödeme Kuruluşu A.Ş., one of the leading payment institutions in Turkey; international money transfer service provider UPT Ödeme Sistemleri A.Ş.; smart city and ticket solutions provider E-Kent Geçiş Sistemleri ve Biletleme Teknolojileri A.Ş.; payment systems providers PAVO Teknik Servis Elektrik Elektronik San. Tic. A.Ş. and Echo Bilgi Yönetim Sistemleri A.Ş.; and Insurance provider comparison platform Sigortayeri Sigorta ve Reasürans Brokerliği A.Ş.

  • Murat BarlasExecutive Vice President, Treasury

    Murat Barlas, born in 1968, graduated from Istanbul University, Department of Mathematics. Busy in the banking sector for 24 years, he joined Aktif Bank in 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. Güncan worked in the banking sector for 23 years before joining Aktif Bank in 2008.

  • Betügül TokerExecutive Vice President, Retail Digital and Payment Systems

    Born in 1976, Betügül Toker graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Economy. With 20 years of banking experience, Toker joined Aktif Bank in 2018.

  • Muzaffer Suat UtkuExecutive Vice President, International Banking

    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 21 years banking experience.

  • Nalan Aydın TüfekçiExecutive Vice President, Information Technology

    Born in 1972, Nalan Aydın Tüfekçi graduated from Hacettepe University, Computer Engineering Department. With 26 years of experience, Nalan Aydın Tüfekçi joined Aktif bank in 2019.

  • Atila YanparExecutive Vice President, Credit Analytic and Capital Markets

    Born in 1979, Atila Yanpar graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science, Public Finance Department. He received two master degrees from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science, Public Economy Department and Oxford University, Public Policy Department. With 16 years of experience, Atila Yanpar joined Aktif bank in 2019.

  • Selcan KaytancıExecutive Vice President, Human Resources and Operation

    Born in 1974, Selcan Kaytancı graduated from Middle East Technical University, Political Sciences and Public Administration Department. She received her master degree in Human Resources from Bahçeşehir University. With 21 years of banking experience, Kaytancı joined Aktif Bank in 2014.

  • Ufuk KarakayaManaging Director, Subsidiary Management

    Born in 1975, Ufuk Karakaya graduated from Gazi University, Public Administration Department. He later earned his graduate degree in finance at The George Washington University. With 22 years of banking experience, he joined Aktif Bank in 2018.

  • Filiz Erendaç Managing Director, Legal Group

    Born in 1976, Filiz Erendaç graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law, Law Department. She received her master degree in Commercial Law from Ankara University. With 21 years of experience, Erendaç joined Aktif Bank in 2016.