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Edward Arkwright was born on April 26, 1974, is a graduate of the IEP in Paris and studied at the ESSEC Business School. Arkwright also holds a Master’s of Advanced Studies in Modern History. In 1997, he became a civil servant appointed to the Senate, in the legislation department (1997-1999) and in the Finance Committee (1999-2002). From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Arkwright held several positions as Advisor to the Minister of Budget and the Minister of Finance in charge of the implementation of budgetary reform, State Reform and Public Finance. In 2007, he served as principal private Secretary to the General Director of the Caisse des Dépôts Group and Member of the Executive Committee. In 2010, Mr. Arkwright became Strategy Director for the Caisse des Dépôts Group. From 2007 to 2012, he was Member of the Board of companies of the Caisse des Dépôts Group, in real estate (as "Icade," a listed company), tourism and services for local government (chairman of SCET, a company dedicated to advisory for local government). When he joined Aéroports de Paris in December 2012, his first appointment was as Special Advisor to the Chairman&CEO of Aéroports de Paris, and Member of Executive Committee. On September 1, 2013, Edward Arkwright was appointed Chief Financial Officer, in charge of Finance, Strategy, Legal Department, Accountability and Purchasing. Arkwright has also been working as Deputy CEO. He is also Chairman of Hub One, the an IT company of ADP Group; Chair of the Board of Directors of TAV Airports; Chair of the Board of Directors of ADP International. Mr. Arkwright also serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of ESSEC Business School as well as the President of the Board of Directors of Cercle de l’Harmonie Orchestra.
Mustafa Sani Sener served as Member of Board of Directors and CEO of TAV Airports, of which he is founding partner, during 1997-2022. As of May 1, 2022 he assumed the position of Deputy Chair.
After graduating from Karadeniz Technical University (KTU) Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1977, Sener earned his Master's degree (M. Phil) in fluid mechanics in 1979 from University of Sussex in the UK. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in engineering from KTU for "his invaluable contributions to the development of Turkish engineering at the international level," as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the New Hampshire University "for his accomplishments in project and risk management throughout his tenure at TAV."
Prior to his career at TAV Airports Holding, Sener served in various positions, from Project Manager to General Manager, in national and international projects. He attended the executive education program on the management of complex systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Sani Sener was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Airports Council International (ACI World) and the President of Foreign Economic Relations Board's Turkish-French and Türkiye-Croatia Business Councils. He is continuing to chair the Foreign Economic Relations Board's Türkiye-Kazakhstan Business Council since January 2022. In 2016, Sener was awarded the "Legion d'honneur (Order of Chivalry)" by the President of the Republic of France Francois Hollande, due to his contributions to the relations between Türkiye and France. During the same year, he was also given the High Honor of Service by the Georgian state while in 2019, he was honored with Medal of Merit by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia. The "business model" created at TAV Airports became a "case study" three times and Sani Sener gave a lecture in Harvard Business School (HBS) MBA Program on the Case Study of TAV Airports' "business model."
In the voting carried out by Thomson Extel among national and international finance corporations, he was chosen first in the category of "The Best CEO" in Türkiye in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and third in the European Transport Sector in 2014.
Ali Haydar Kurtdarcan graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Civil Engineering in 1973. After performing freelance engineering activities until 1987, he has served in different managerial positions for Bilkent Holding companies. He was the Chairman of IDO Board of Directors between 2011 and 2013. Kurtdarcan has been serving as the CEO of Bilkent Holding since 2016.
Fernando Echegaray was born in Spain. He holds an industrial engineering degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) and a computer engineering degree from the Universitat de les Illes Balears (University of the Balearic Islands). Mr. Echegaray also obtained a degree in Business Management and Administration from IESE Business School. He has held several management positions within the Spanish airport operator AENA. From 1985 to 1999, Mr. Echegaray served as the Deputy Director of Palma de Mallorca Airport. In 2000, he became the Director of Operations at Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP) in Mexico. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Echegaray was CEO at Tenerife South Airport, and from 2004 to 2006 he was CEO at Canary Islands Airports. Fernando Echegaray was CEO at Barcelona- El Prat Airport from 2006 to 2012. Between 2012 – 2017, he was the Airport Network Director of Aena in charge of 46 airports in Spain. He was appointed Director of International Operations at ADP as of July 1, 2017. Fernando Echegaray was appointed Chief International Officer, member of the Executive Committee, starting May 1, 2018. Since January 2020 he is also General Director of Operations of Groupe ADP.
Franck Mereyde was born on April 6, 1972. He is a Civil Engineer and the holder of a postgraduate degree in Geophysics and Space Techniques. Commenced his professional career in Air Conditioning and Data Analysis with Environment Canada and then Météo France, Mr. Mereyde joined the Office of the Minister for Infrastructure in 2002 as Technical Advisor in the Research and Intermodal Transportation Department, then as Advisor for the Budget, Financial Affairs and Civil Aviation departments. Mereyde joined ADP in 2005 as Director of Operations at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and later became Director of Operations. At the same time, he also served as the Head of ADP's Cargo Division. In 2007, Mr. Mereyde was appointed as the Director of Terminals 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and, in January 2010, Director of Terminals 2E, 2F and 2G, as well as of the TGV/RER connection at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport with high-speed rail. On March 1, 2011, he was appointed Director of Paris-Orly Airport. Mereyde also served as a Member of the Board of Directors at Aéroports de Paris Management and at Hub Safe.
Mr. Mereyde is Chair of the French-Turkish Chamber of Commerce, Türkiye Chair of French Commerce Advisors, Chair of the Board of the Institut du Bosphore and DEIK French Network.
Mr. Jerome Calvet received his law degree in 1978 and graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques in 1979 and from Ecole Nationale d’Administration in 1983. Jerome Calvet received his law degree from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in 1983. He worked in the Finance Ministry of France between 1983 and 1997 and as Financial Secretary of the France Mission of EU between 1988 and 1990, while also serving on the Boards of Directors of many companies. From 1998 until 2004 he led the Corporate Finance (France) Department of Société Générale and later on became the Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of the same bank. Between 2004 and 2008 he directed the Investment Banking Department (France) of Lehman Brothers. He has also been the CEO of Nomura (France) since 2009. Mr. Calvet served as an Independent Board Member between 2012-2017 in TAV Airports Holding.
Xavier Hürstel, born in 1969, is a graduate of SciencesPo Paris and the University of Paris-Dauphine, and a former student of the ENA (National School of Administration). He spent fifteen years of his career serving the French Government (Ministry of Finance, French Representation to the European Union in Brussels, advisor to several Ministers of Economy, Finance and Budget, advisor to the Prime Minister).
In 2008, he joined the PMU as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and, in 2014, became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He implemented a profound digital transformation of the company in the context of the opening of the online gaming market and supported the company's strong internationalization. In 2017, he joined the Sopra Steria consulting and technology group as Executive Director, where he led the Public Sector business for Europe and the transformation of the Marketing, Communication and CSR divisions. In January 2020, he joined Groupe ADP as Deputy CEO in charge of coordinating development operations across all the group's activities and entities. He sits on the Executive Committee. He belongs to the board of Directors of TAV Airports, listed at the Istanbul Stock Exchange.
Aylin Selen graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU) Department of Civil Engineering in 1991. After working in a number of companies, she joined Akfen Group in 1994. Selen served as Technical Manager during the construction phase of the Ataturk Airport, Türkiye's first build-operate-transfer airport project, as of 1997, and as Technical Services Director during the operation phase. Aylin Selen collaborated with METU faculty members to memorialize the accomplishments during the construction phase of the Ataturk Airport in a book titled "Beyond Construction." She also took part in presenting the preparations for and execution of this success story and the build-operate-transfer project in various universities and conferences. As TAV Insaat (TAV Construction) founding General Manager in 2003, Aylin Selen oversaw TAV Insaat's Türkiye, North Africa and Middle East airport and high-rise projects. Mrs. Selen provides consultation services since 2010, especially on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and engineering, procurement, and construction contracts.
Jean-Michel Vernhes graduated from the French Academy of Civil Aviation (ENAC) in 1974 with a Civil Aviation Enterprise and Research Engineering (IEEAC) degree and with a Civil Aviation Engineering degree in 1982. Jean-Michel Vernhes was appointed Aviation Concession Directorate at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in January 1999. Prior to this, he had a long career at General Directorate of Civil Aviation. He served as assistant Navigation Director, Paris Human Resources Officer starting from 1993 until 1998. He was appointed General Manager of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Toulouse in June 2002. At the same time, he continued to work as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Toulouse Blagnac Airport Company, which was established on 23 March 2007. In September 2009, Jean-Michel Vernhes left his position in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Toulouse, to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. Jean-Michel Vernhes carried out the French Airports Association Presidency (ALFA-ACI) from October 2008 until October 2011, in parallel with his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Toulouse Blagnac Airport Company. He was elected President of the Union des Aeroports Francais starting from May 2011 to May 2017. He was elected member of the board of ACI-Europe in June 2017. He retired from Toulouse Blagnac airport company in September 2018.
He is President of the Supervisory Board of Strasbourg Airport and member of the Supervisory Board of Fort de France Airport.
He is President of the Supervisory Board of Strasbourg Airport and member of the Supervisory Board of Fort de France Airport.
Ebru Yonca Capa has an International Baccalaureate degree from United World College and a BBA degree in international business and economics from University of Bridgeport, USA. She has participated in various leadership and management programs at IMD, Kellogg’s Graduate School and Harvard Business School. She started her career at Procter & Gamble as product manager and later undertook the role of marketing & communications manager at Digital Equipment Corporation in 1993. In 1997, she joined Microsoft Turkey as marketing & communications manager. In 2004, she was appointed as MSN Turkey’s country manager and from 2005 to 2008 served as Middle East & Africa Regional Director of MSN & Online Services. Between 2008 and 2011 she served as General Manager of consumer and online services at Microsoft Turkey. She joined Monster.com in 2011 as Regional VP of Emerging Markets. Since 2014, Ebru has been providing consulting, keynote speeches and professional development services to local and international companies on digital & cultural transformation, new marketing, global trends, and strategic management at her own consulting company. She is an independent board member, CTI Co-Active Coach, a member of European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and has been conducting executive coaching to global leaders.
After graduating from Bogazici University, Department of Business Administration in 1995, Filiz Demiroz started her professional career at KPMG Türkiye Audit Department. At KPMG Türkiye, she has carried out a number of special assignments including mergers and acquisitions, valuations, and initial public offerings in addition to audit projects. Besides her role as Responsible Partner, chaired the Learning & Development Department and Department of Professional Practice. In 2016, Demiroz joined ACCA, the global professional accounting-finance body, as the Head of ACCA Türkiye and she continues to serve as the Regional Head of ACCA Türkiye, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Filiz Demiroz also serves as a Member of the Supervisory Board at YenidenBiz Association, which aims to contribute to women's employment.
Serkan Kaptan received his BA degree from Istanbul University, Department of Business Administration and his MBA from Marmara University in 2002. He joined TAV Airports in 1998 with the build-operate-transfer project of the Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Until 2001, he served as a consultant at Airport Consulting Vienna, a company owned by VIE which was a partner of TAV Airports. From 2002 on, he was responsible for business development, airline marketing, R&D and investments. Having 25 years of experience in airport and airline operations and public-private partnership infrastructure projects, Kaptan was appointed as Deputy CEO of TAV Airports in 2016 and served as a Board Member for all TAV Airports’ subsidiaries. In May 2022, he was appointed as the CEO of TAV Airports. Kaptan is also a Member of ADP Executive Board in charge of Central Asia, Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and CIS. Serkan Kaptan, serves as a Board Member of the Service Exporters’ Association (HIB) and the Chairman of DEIK Turkey-Latvia Business Council. In 2021, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the European Region of the Airports Council International (ACI Europe). Kaptan is married with two daughters.
Franck Mereyde was born on April 6, 1972. He is a Civil Engineer and the holder of a postgraduate degree in Geophysics and Space Techniques. Mr. Mereyde commenced his professional career with Environment Canada and then Météo France. In 2002, he joined the Office of the Minister for Infrastructure as Technical Advisor in the Research and Intermodal Transportation Department, then as Advisor for the Budget, Financial Affairs and Civil Aviation departments. In 2005, Mr. Mereyde started work at ADP as Deputy Director of Operations at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and was subsequently promoted to Director of Operations. He also served as the head of ADP’s cargo division. In 2007, Mr. Mereyde was appointed Director of Terminals 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and, in January 2010, Director of Terminals 2E, 2F and 2G, as well as of the TGV/RER connection at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport with high-speed rail. On March 1, 2011, he was appointed Director of Paris-Orly Airport. Mereyde also served as a member of the Board of Directors at Aéroports de Paris Management and at Hub Safe. Mr. Mereyde is Chair of the French-Turkish Chamber of Commerce, Türkiye Chair of French Commerce Advisors, Chair of the Board of the Institut du Bosphore and DEIK French Network.
Burcu Geris graduated from Bogazici University, Department of Business Administration in 1999 and subsequently received her MBA degree from London Business School and Columbia Business School. She began her professional career at Garanti Bank where she worked in Treasury and Project Finance departments from 1999 until 2005. Joining TAV Airports in 2005, Geris led the Project & Structured Finance Department of the Company. Burcu Geris was appointed CFO in 2012 and Vice President in 2014. She was named a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum in 2015 as well as a "Rising Talent" by the Women's Forum in 2013. She was named one of Türkiye's 50 Most Influential CFOs by the Fortune magazine for three straight years in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In addition to serving as a member of the Boards of Directors of TAV Group Companies, Geris is also a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), Professional Women's Network (PWN), Global Board Ready Women (GBRW), Global Relations Forum Young Professionals Program, and BUMED, CBS and LBS Alumni Associations. She is married with two children.
Murat Ornekol graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Industrial Engineering in 1980 and served as General Manager of TAV Esenboga between 2006 and 2008. Prior to joining TAV Airports he worked as Planning Engineer, IT Manager and Commerce Manager at Kutlutas Holding. Ornekol also served as General Manager at Bordata, an information technology services company; Beretta Holding's general Manager; and Logistics & Business Development Coordinator, Head of the Healthcare Group, Telecom Project Director and the Holding's Deputy CEO at Bayindir Group companies. Ornekol was appointed as Operations Director at TAV Airports Holding in 2008 and served as Vice President of Operations and Purchasing between 2013- 2019. Murat Ornekol has been serving as the Chief Purchasing Officer (CPO) of TAV Airports Holding since January 2020.
He graduated from Hacettepe University Department of Sociology in 1986. He started his professional career in 1988 as a Personnel Specialist at Beksa, Bekaert- Sabanci Celik Kord Steel Cord Plc. After assuming various responsibilities in Beksa between 1988 and 1998, he continued his career as Human Resources Director at Kordsa Türkiye, Quality and Information Systems Joint Services Director and then Projects Director within the Tire, Tire Reinforcement Materials and Automotive Group of Sabanci Holding. In January 2007, he was appointed as Global Director of Human Resources at Kordsa Global. In January 2009, he was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources and Information Systems in the same company. Oker assumed the position of Vice President of Human Resources in January 2016 at TAV Airports Holding. Since January 2020 he is in charge of Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Sustainability, and Business Excellence as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). In addition to his roles as Chair and Member of Board of Directors in TAV Group companies, Oker is a founding member of the Women in Technology Association and continues his duty as Chair of Ethics Committee.
Kursad Kocak graduated from Ankara University in 1990 and began his career in the aviation sector in 1996. After joining Havas in 1997, he worked in executive positions at Istanbul, Dalaman, Trabzon and Antalya airports. Besides serving as General Manager of Cyprus Airport Services (CAS), Mr. Kocak was appointed Deputy General Manager of Havas in 2009. Kocak was appointed as the General Manager of Havas in 2015. He has been serving as Chief Operating Officer, Airports (COO) of TAV Airports Holding since July 1, 2020. In addition, Mr. Kocak plays an active role at Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Türkiye's (TOBB) Turkish Civil Aviation Assembly and Member of the Board of the Foreign Economic Relations Board's (DEIK) Türkiye-Georgia Business Council.
Mr. Ozturk has completed his Information Systems education at Marmara University and studied International Business Administration at the Vienna University; since 1996 he has worked at multinational firms like Mercedes Benz, KPMG, ALLIANZ Group, Vodafone, TÜVTURK, and TÜV-SÜD, as Consultant, Project Manager, IT Policies Responsible, and CIO.
Before joining TAV Technologies, he was working as CTO at Mars Cinema Group and senior roles in strategy, governance, IT policies, IT processes and procedures, digital transformation, business intelligence, web and mobile application development. Mr. Ozturk has experience in technology, IT security and digital transformation, and speaks English and German
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