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Certifications and Awards
Tofaş Leadership Principles
Life at Tofaş
Annual and Interim Reports
BOARD MEMBER & CEO
Cengiz Eroldu graduated from the Business Administration Faculty of Istanbul University in 1988 and completed the MBA program at LUISS University (Italy) in 1995. He began his career as an Audit Specialist at Koç Holding in 1989. He was appointed to the position of Assistant Accounting and Industrial Governance Manager for Tofaş in 1995, working in the Accounting and Industrial Governance Department and the Budget and Governance Department from 2001 to 2008, and in the Finance Department between 2008 until 2015. Since January 2015, he he has been serving as Member of the Tofaş Board of Directors and CEO.
FINANCIAL DIRECTOR (CFO)
Fabrizio Renzi received a degree in Business and Economics from Sapienza Università di Rome in Italy in 1992 and started his professional career as an accountant and tax advisor in 1992. Since 1998, Renzi has held various positions at Fiat Chrysler. After serving at various levels in Finance Department until 2013, he worked as CFO in Serbia FCA from 2014 until 2018 when he was appointed the Financial Director of Tofaş.
Zeki Erdal Şimşek
Zeki Erdal Şimşek graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Aeronautics and Space Sciences Department in 1987 and completed the MBA program at Istanbul University in 1989. In 1990, he began his professional career as a Project Engineer at Tofaş; after 11 years of service, he was appointed Plant Manager at the Fiat automobile plant in Cairo. Returning to Tofaş in 2003, Zeki Erdal Şimşek served as a manager in different departments before becoming Quality Director. He has been the Factory Director since April 2017.
FIAT BUSINESS UNIT DIRECTOR
Altan Aytaç graduated from the Industrial Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University in 1992. He began his professional career at Tofaş Auto Trading where he was involved in setting up the first logistics department in the area of commerce. He completed the EMBA program at Koç University in 1997. The same year, he became Manager of the CBU Logistics Department. After completing the production integration and simplification projects in the area of outbound logistics, Mr. Aytaç was appointed Commercial Projects Coordinator in 2003, Fiat Brand Manager in 2004, and Business Unit Director Turkey for the Alfa Romeo and Lancia brands in 2006. He rose to the position of Tofaș Supply Chain Director in 2008, and After Sales and Spare Parts Director in January 2015. Altan Aytaç has served as Fiat Business Unit Director since August 2015.
Vincenzo Cusolito graduated from Padua University (Italy) in 1996 as a mechanical engineer. He started his career at Fiat, where he worked as a shift manager in the Metal Stamping Workshop and a market analyst in the Purchasing Department. Appointed as model responsible for the New Palio and Grand Siena in 2006, Mr. Cusolito worked for FIASA until the launch of Palio, which was named car of the year in Brazil at the time. Having returned to Italy in 2011 to work as Model Responsible for Aegea Family, he was later assigned as Head of Chassis and Vehicle Dynamics for EMEA. Cusolito joined Tofaş as R&D Director in April 2017.
Sinan Saip Bel
LANCIA, ALFA ROMEO, JEEP® DIRECTOR
Sinan Saip Bel graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1997. He began his career in 1999 as Aegean Region Bulk LPG Sales Representative at Aygaz, and became Bulk LPG Marketing Representative in 2002. He served as Service Advisor at Borusan Oto between 2003-2004, as After-Sales Area Chief at Doğuş Otomotiv between 2004-2005, and as After-Sales Manager at Doğuş Oto between 2005-2008. In 2009 he joined Fer Mas A.Ş., a Tofaş subsidiary, as Service Manager. In 2014 he became Fer Mas Company Manager in 2014, and in 2017 in addition to this title he was appointed Alfa Romeo and Jeep Director as well. He is also a board member at Fer Mas A.Ş.
HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR
Burhan Çakır graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1986. He began his career in 1989 as an Engineer in Pressing Production at Tofaş. From 1993 to 2004, he served as Press Workshop Manager, Body Production Unit Manager, Part Export Department Manager and Industrial Control Manager. Burhan Çakır has served as Human Resources Director at Tofaş since 2004.
Ömer Özgür Çetinoğlu
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES DIRECTOR
Ömer Özgür Çetinoğlu graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Computer Engineering in 1992. He began his professional career the same year as a Software Engineer at Koç Holding. Between 1997 and 2002, Mr. Çetinoğlu worked as Business Development Manager at Koç Holding Consumer Products Group; in 2002, he was appointed Information Systems Manager at Beko Elektronik. From 2007 to 2016, he assumed several roles at Koç Sistem, including Consulting Group Manager, Business Solutions Director, Business Applications and R&D Director, respectively. In July 2016, Mr. Çetinoğlu was appointed Information and Communication Technologies Director at Tofaş.
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Arzu Çolakoğlu holds a degree in Economics (English) from Istanbul University. She began her professional career as a planning specialist at Doğuş Automotive Service and Trading in 1995. Between 1998 and 2003, she served as Planning and Logistics Manager and VW Commercial Vehicle Marketing Manager. From 2003 to 2004, she took on the duty of Regional Director at Doğuş Auto Marketing. Appointed Alfa Romeo Brand Manager at Tofaş in 2005, she continued as Business Unit Director of Alfa Romeo and Lancia in 2008. Since 2012, Arzu Çolakoğlu has served as Corporate Communications Director at Tofaş.
FINANCIAL PLANNING AND CONTROL DIRECTOR
Doğu Özden (CIA, CFSA) is a graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics, completed the MBA program at Koç University and the London School of Economics Strategy Certificate Program. He began his professional career as an Audit and Financial Group Manager at Koç Holding in 2001. He worked as an Audit Assistant between 2002 and 2003, a Financial Specialist between 2004 and 2005, a Senior Audit Specialist between 2005 and 2008. From 2010 to 2017, he took on the duty of Accounting Manager and 2017 to 2018 Financial Planning and Control Manager at Tofaş. In 2016, Doğu Özden was appointed Financial Planning and Control Director at Tofaş.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Türker Gürtekin received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from İstanbul Technical University in 1997 and his MBA from Boğaziçi University. He started his professional career at Tofaş as After Sales Processes and Warranty Specialist in 2001, where he later served as Foreign Markets Management Executive. Subsequently, he worked as Sales Manager and then as Marketing and Sales Manager at Koç Fiat Kredi. He was Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Jeep® Sales Manager from 2012 to 2013. Türker Gürtekin served as the General Manager of Koç Fiat Kredi between 2013 and 2015, when he became Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Jeep® Director. He was appointed Business Development Director in 2017.
Mahmut Karacan graduated from Çukurova University, Department of Business Administration. He started his professional career as Logistics Expert at Çitasad A.Ş. in 1995; from 1996 to 2000, he was responsible for sales and marketing there. In 1997, he raced in the “Good Year Off-Road Cup.” Between 2000 and 2012, he was responsible for Sales Marketing operations at Daimler-Chrysler. From 2000 to 2012, he was responsible for Sales and Purchasing at Daimler Chrysler; he founded Chrysler, Jeep Dodge Academy in 2003. He served as Sales and After Sales Services Business Unit Director for Lancia, Alfa Romeo and Jeep brands between 2013 and 2015. Mahmut Karacan was appointed Sales Director in 2015.
Özgür Süslü graduated from Boğaziçi University, Mechanical Engineering Department. He started his professional career in Italy at Fiat Group Manager Training program. Süslü worked in product development and product manager positions in Tofaş between 2002-2006 and involved in the development of products such as Linea, Doblo and Fiorino. Özgür Süslü undertook the role of Marketing Director of Fiat Light Commercial Vehicles between 2006-2010. He worked as the Director of Fiat Marketing at Tofaş between 2010 and 2016 and as Egea / Tipo Marketing Director in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. In 2017 he worked as Pricing Director of Fiat, Abarth and Lancia brands. In 2018 Özgür Süslü was appointed as Fiat Marketing Director in Tofaş.
EXTERNAL RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Güray Karacar graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Communication in 1998. After working in the tourism, media and communications industries, he was appointed Secretary General of the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey in 2003. During the same period, he also served as Resident Coordinator for the United Nations Development Program and Member of the Executive Board of the Center for International Private Enterprise. In June 2016, Güray Karacar was appointed External Relations Director at Tofaş.
Sabri Erkan Polat
PRODUCT ENGINEERING DIRECTOR
Erkan Polat graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1986. Between 1987 and 1989, he attended the Master’s Program at the University of Manchester in the U.K. and earned his Master’s Degree. Mr. Polat began his professional career as Design Engineer at Etibank Aluminum Enterprises in 1989. In 1992, he began working at Tofaş as Press Method Engineer. From 1999 to 2004, he served as Press Engineering Administrator and then Die and Press Business Development Manager, respectively. In 2006, he was appointed Die Production Manager, and from 2010 to 2013, he served as Die&Press Production Manager. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as R&D Body Design Manager, and later as Egea Hatchback Model Manager from 2015 to 2016. Mr. Polat was appointed Product Engineering Director in 2016.
Yüksel Öztürk graduated from Uludağ University, Mechanical Engineering Department in 1991. He began his professional career as Product Development Engineer at Tofaş in 1993. Between 2001 and 2005, he was appointed Direct Material Electrical Manager and Direct Material Electrical Manager. Since 2005, Yüksel Öztürk has been serving as Purchasing Director.
AFTER SALES AND SPARE PARTS DIRECTOR
Hüseyin Şahin received his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Uludağ University in 1990. He started his professional career as Project Manager at Efthor in 1996. He served as Human Resources Expert at Fruehauf from 1997, becoming the Human Resources Manager in 1999. He joined Otokoç as Human Resources Manager in 2001; between 2003 and 2005, he served as the Antalya Branch Manager and Birmot Zincirlikuyu Branch Manager of Otokoç. From 2005 to 2011, he was the Birmot Assistant Operational General Manager. After serving as Sales Director at Tofaş between 2011 and 2015, Hüseyin Şahin was appointed After Sales and Spare Parts Director in July 2015.
İbrahim Çağlar Şahin
PASSENGER CAR PROJECTS DIRECTOR
İbrahim Çağlar Şahin graduated from Uludağ University, Mechanical Engineering Department in 1983 and went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1986. From 1983 to 1985, he carried out his thesis studies as a Research Employee at Middle East Technical University. Between 1989 and 1993, he served as a Method Engineer at Tofaş. From 1993 to 2013, he was Suspension Production Manager, Transmission and Suspension Unit Manager, Powertrain Plant Manager, Powertrain Production Manager, Minicargo Project Director, Quality Director, R&D Product Engineering Director and Projects Director. İbrahim Çağlar Şahin has served as Passenger Car Projects Director since 2015.
Recep Temizesen obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University in 1988. He started his professional career at Çimhol A.Ş. in 1988, where he worked as Project Engineer until 1991. He joined Tofaş in 1992 as a Press Method Engineer, subsequently serving as Press Shop Process Section Manager, Press Shop Engineering and Technology Manager, Press Shop Manager and Assembly Shop Manager from 1999 to 2015. Recep Temizesen has served as Production Director since January 2015.
SUPPLY CHAIN DIRECTOR
Onur Yalçın received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University in 1991 and his Master’s degree in Operational and Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University (USA) in 1993. Since joining Tofaș as an Industrial Engineering Specialist in 1993, he has served as Production Planning Administrator, Parts Exports Manager, Order Manager, CBU Logistics Manager and Outbound Logistics Manager. Onur Yalçın was appointed Supply Chain Director in January 2015.
Sinan Yıldırım graduated from the Middle East Technical University as a mechanical engineer in 1988 and started his career at BOTAŞ. He joined Tofaş in 1990 where he first worked as an engine engineer in Method Mechanical unit and then as an engine specialist in the R&D Department, followed by an assignment in Italy for the new engine project. Appointed as head of engineering to the Transmission Parts Manufacturing Unit, Mr.Yıldırım joined Fiat GM Powertrain in 2001, where he worked until 2007. Having rejoined Tofaş at the end of 207 as Product Quality Manager, he completed his MBA at Bilgi University in 2008. Appointed as Manufacturing Technology Manager in 2010, Sinan Yıldırım has been serving as Quality Director since April 2017.
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