Managerial Staff

  • Ahmet ÇalıkChairman

    Ahmet Çalık was born in 1958 in Malatya. He started his business life in 1981 with operations in the textile sector. Çalık made the first large-scale industrial investment in Eastern Anatolia with the denim factory he built in Malatya while also launching his first investments abroad in Central Asia in line with his international operational and investment targets over the same period. Starting in 1992, he successfully launched business ventures abroad with investments in energy, construction, mining, textile, finance and telecom in regions where Çalık Group has operations. In order to gather all Group companies under a single roof, Çalık Holding was established in 1997. One of the largest Turkish investors in Albania and Kosovo, Çalık has received the Turkmenistan Order of the State and Turkmenistan Mahdum Gui Award in 1997, Republic of Turkey State Medal of Distinguished Service and Turkmenistan Gayrat Medal in 1999, Turkmenistan Golden Age Order in 2001, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Turkey State Medal of Distinguished Service in June 2002, Grand National Assembly of Turkey State Distinguished Service Prize in 2006, and the “Turkey in Europe – Franco Nobili” Award in 2010. Appointed as Honorary Consul to Bursa by the Republic Kazakhstan in 2012, Ahmet Çalık was given the ‘Ellis Island Medal of Honor’ by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) and conferred upon honorary doctorates by Matsumoto Dental University, Japan and University of Tirana, Albania in 2014. Given by the Kindai University with another honorary doctorate in 2016, Ahmet Çalık currently serves as Chairman at Çalık Holding and Group Companies.

  • 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 holds more than 41 years of banking experience. Following his service in Anadolu Bank between 1979 and 1987 as inspector and executive, he served as multiple high-level executive positions in Emlak Bank both in Turkey and abroad between 1987 and 1994. 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

    Holding almost 40 years of experience, Marmara University Faculty of Economics Graduate Mehmet Ertuğrul Gürler was born in 1958. 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 Deputy Chairman of the Board at Banka Kombetare Tregtare, Çalık Denim Textile, ALBtelecom, Başak Yönetim Sistemleri, Cetel Telekom, Çalık Finansal Hizmetler, Çalık Hava Taşımacılık, Irmak Yönetim Sistemleri and Kentsel Dönüşüm İnşaat. He serves on the Boards of Aktif Bank, Gap İnşaat, Gap Pazarlama, Çalık Emlak ve Gayrimenkul, Çalık İnşaat, Doğu Akdeniz Petro Kimya. As of 2017, he serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Çalık Holding, Çalık Enerji, YEPAŞ, Albtelecom ve Gap İnşaat. He is also a member of Credit Committee and Charges Committee at Aktifbank.

  • Veysel ŞahinBoard Member

    Born in 1959, Veysel Şahin graduated from Ankara Gazi University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Public Administration Department. He completed his post-graduate studies in Business Management at Bahçeşehir University. Having started his banking career in 1985 as an Assistant Auditor, he later assumed auditor, group and branch director, foreign representative, head of internal audit department positions at Anadolu Bank, Emlak Bank Ziraat Bank International AG and Ziraat Bank. He also worked as an Audit Board member at Axa Insurance and Board member at TKİ Bank Kazakhstan. He joined Aktif Bank in 2009 as Member of the Board of Directors, later serving as Chairman of the Auditing Committee and Corporate Management Committee. He is also currently holding Chairman of the Board at N Kolay Ödeme Kuruluşu and Member of the Supervisory Board at GAP İnşaat, Aktif Bank affiliates.

  • Kemaleddin KoyuncuBoard Member

    Born in 1970, Mr. Koyuncu received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Middle East Technical University. He earned his M.B.A degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having 27 years of experience, Mr Koyuncu started his banking career in 1992 as Assistant Auditor in Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş. He worked at Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Under-secretariat of Treasury as a Treasury Specialist between years 1996 and 2001, and then served as Banking Specialist, Assistant Chief Officer, Senior Banking Chief Specialist and Chief Officer at Banking Regulations and Supervision Agency from 2001 to 2015. He was also a member of The Board of Directors at Toprak Sigorta/Ege Sigorta between 2003 and 2004. Mr. Koyuncu joined Aktif Bank in 2015 as Executive Vice President. Since 2017, he serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee at Aktif Bank.

  • Tarık BaşaraBoard Member

    Born in 1961, Tarık Başara graduated from İstanbul University Business Administration Department. Başara, who has 30 years of experience, started his banking career in 1986 as an Auditor in Türkiye İş Bankası. He worked in İşbank GmbH between 1993 and 2005, undertaking managerial positions in organizations, accounting and information technologies departments and taking part in configuration and information tecnologies projects. Başara returned to Turkey in 2005 and worked as unit manager in Subsidiaries Department beetween 2005-2007, as branch manager in various branches between 2007-2012, as Department Manager in Core Banking Operations Department in Türkiye İş Bankası and retired in 2017. Başara, serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee at Aktif Bank since April 2019.

  • Dr. Serdar SümerCEO and Board Member

    Dr. Serdar Sümer started his career as a Sworn-in Bank Auditor in 1996. He joined Aktif Bank in 2008 and served as Executive Vice-President responsible for Capital Markets between 2008 and 2014. Following his experience as a Partner and Board Member at Tera Equities in 2014; Sümer has been serving as the CEO and Board Member of Aktif Bank and Chairman of Aktif Bank’s subsidiaries since May 2015. Sümer graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Business Administration Department. He holds a Ms. degree from the College of William and Mary, Virginia, U.S.A. and a PhD degree from the Marmara University Banking and Insurance Institute. In addition to his 23-years of knowledge and know-how in banking sector, he is also a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Murat BarlasExecutive Vice President, Treasury

    Murat Barlas, born in 1968, graduated from Istanbul University, Department of Mathematics. Busy in the banking sector for 23 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 22 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 19 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 20 years banking experience.

  • Nalan Aydın TüfekçiExecutive Vice President, Information Technology

    Born in 1972, Nalan Aydın Tüfekçi graduated from Hacettepe University, Computer Engineering Department. With 25 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 15 years of experience, Atila Yanpar joined Aktif bank in 2019.

  • Özer BurhanManaging Director, Finance

    Born in 1982, Özer Burhan graduated from Boğaziçi University, Economics Department. With 14 years of experience, Özer Burhan 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 21 years of banking experience, he joined Aktif Bank in 2018.

  • Selcan KaytancıManaging Director, 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 20 years of banking experience, Kaytancı joined Aktif Bank in 2014.

  • 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 20 years of experience, Erendaç joined Aktif Bank in 2016.