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Cenk Alper received his BSc and MSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Middle East Technical University, in 1991 and 1994 respectively and completed his MBA at Sabancı University in 2002.

Starting his career as Process Engineer at Beksa in 1996, he worked Bekaert' overseas organizations at different managerial positions between 2000 and 2007.

Mr. Alper, who joined Kordsa Global in 2007, worked as Global Technology Director, Vice President of Technology and Market Development and Vice President in charge of operations.

On June 17th 2013, he was appointed as the CEO of Kordsa Global.

Mr. Alper was appointed as the Sabancı Holding Industry Group President on April 1st 2017.

Born in Diyarbakir in 1972, and received his primary, secondary and high school education in Ereğli/Zonguldak, Mehmet Yıldız completed his undergraduate education in 1996 with first rank in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at Yıldız Technical University and received his MSc. degree also from Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department at Istanbul Technical University in 2000. He worked in two different companies between 1996-2000 as an R&D engineer and a project leader in the fields of welding and non-destructive testing. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2005 from Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada in the fields of computational fluid mechanics and single crystal semiconductor growth and then worked as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the same department until 2007.

In 2007, he joined Sabancı University, Faculty of Engineering Natural Sciences as a faculty member and since 2014, has been leading the effort of establishing SU-Kordsa Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, which is an industrial leg of SU-Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Research and Application Center. Currently, he is serving as the founding director of these centers. He has contributed to the establishment of Manufacturing Engineering graduate program. Dr. Yildiz's areas of expertise include advanced composite materials, nanocomposites, structural health monitoring and computational mechanics. He published more than 60 SCI indexed high impact factor journals, prepared and presented over 100 conference papers and graduated around 28 MSc. and Ph.D. students.

Nevra Özhatay received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Boğaziçi University, and after completing her MBA at Exeter University in the UK, she began to work at Sabancı Holding Cement Group in 1994 as a Financial Specialist. Ms. Özhatay became the Management Support Manager at Akçansa in 1996, and was appointed as Strategy and Business Development Specialist in 1998, as Planning and Control Manager in 2000, as Strategy and Business Development Manager in 2004 and as Logistics, Strategy and Business Development Director in 2008. Ms. Özhatay was appointed as Çimsa's CFO on January 01, 2009. She was appointed as the Vice General Manager of White Cement and Special Products as of June 01, 2013. Nevra Özhatay was appointed as the General Manager of Çimsa on September 01, 2014, and still holds this Office. She is currently acting as a board member of Global Compact Turkey, Corporate Governance Association of Turkey and Association of Turkish Construction Material Producers.

Vecih Yılmaz graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Business Administration and also holds a degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the same university. He received his master degree from Galatasaray University in financial economics.

Yılmaz started his career as an auditor at Deloitte in 2005. Between 2009 and 2013, he worked at Sabancı Holding in reporting, financial planning & analysis and investor relations. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as Financial Controller and Risk Manager at Enerjisa. Joining Kibar Group in 2015 he worked as CFO at Assan Panel and as Deputy CFO at Kibar Holding. Yılmaz rejoined Sabancı Holding as Finance Director in 2017; he is also a Board member of Kordsa and Yünsa.

Yılmaz has CPA certificate and also holds Capital Markets Advanced Level, Independent Auditor, Credit Rating and Corporate Governance Rating licenses.

Muharrem Dörtkaşlı was born at 1961 in Çankırı. He has graduated from METU Mechanical Engineering Department in 1983. He spent almost all of his professional career in Defense & Aerospace Industry and in Ankara. He has served as CEO of TAI between 2005 to 2016. He had several Board and Executive Committe Memberships in Companies and NGA’s. Currently, he is Executive Founder of QUATTRO Engineering Consultancy Inc. and holds BOD Memberships in KALE Aero and KALE R&D as well as KORDSA.

Mehmet Sami, has 30 years of experience after his studies in BA (Hons) Economics from Kingston University and MSc in Business Systems & Analysis from City University, London. Within the 30 years, Mr Sami has gained deal origination and execution experience in corporate finance and capital markets areas via establishing related business divisions, strategic alliances and offices in New York and Dubai.

Between 1987 - 1990 he has undertaken numerous consultancy assignments in marketing and research studies. Since 1990, he has undertaken various Turkish privatization, valuation and advisory projects, advised foreign and domestic clients in mergers & acquisitions and large international joint ventures in Turkey. Part of this work was via Ata Invest, where during 1994, he founded Investment Banking, Research and Institutional Trading divisions that became one of the largest independent firm in Turkey. (Clients served include; GE Capital, News Corp., Arcelor, Privatization Agency, JBIC, IFC, Trade Partners UK, AIG, Dubai Holding, Emirates Bank NBD). Between 1996-2012, Mr Sami has initiated and executed many Private Equity deals as an Advisor and during 2000 has raised Turkey’s first Private Equity Fund with AIG Capital, during the life of the Fund, Mr. Sami was a member of the Fund’s Investment Committee.

After nearly 19 years at Ata Invest, moved to Deloitte Corporate Finance to become the Lead M&A and Debt Advisory Partner in 2012 and served on the Deloitte Global M&A ExCo. After 27 years of professional life, Mr Sami has founded his consulting and advisory practice in 2015 where Mr Sami advises International banks, IFIs, multinationals and local corporates. Besides serving on the Board of Turkish Corporate Governance Association, he has become the Founding Member of Board Members Association and is restructuring - establishing corporate governance standards in numerous firms while serving as an Independent Director.