Board of Directors

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Meet the Board of Directors of Garanti

Ferit Faik Şahenk


Mr. Ferit F. Şahenk is the Chairman of Doğuş Group and also the Chairman of Garanti Bank. Formerly, he served as the founder and Vice President of Garanti Securities, CEO of Doğuş Holding and Chairman of Doğuş Otomotiv. Mr. Şahenk is an Executive Board Member of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) of Turkey. Following his term as the Chairman of the Turkish-American Business Council of DEİK, he is currently chairing the Turkish-German Business Council and serving as Vice-Chairman of Turkish-United Arab Emirates Business Council of DEİK. Mr. Şahenk is an active member of the World Economic Forum and the Alliance of Civilizations Initiative. He serves on the Regional Executive Board of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management for Europe, Middle East, South Asia and Africa; Advisory Board of the Middle East Centre of London School of Economics; and Executive Board of Endeavor Turkey. Mr. Şahenk holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Human Resources from Boston College and is a graduate of the “Owner/President” Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Süleyman Sözen

Vice Chairman

Mr. Süleyman Sözen is a graduate of Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences and has worked as a Chief Auditor at the Ministry of Finance and the Undersecretariat of Treasury. Since 1981, he has served in various positions in the private sector, mainly in financial institutions. Mr. Sözen has been serving on the Board of Directors of various Doğuş Holding and Garanti affiliates since 1997. He holds a Certified Public Accountant license.

Ahmet Kamil Esirtgen, Ph.D.

Board Member

After graduating from Istanbul University Faculty of Economics, Mr. Ahmet Kamil Esirtgen earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and his Ph.D. from Istanbul University School of Business Administration. He worked at various private sector companies after concluding his academic career in 1975. In 1987, he joined Doğuş Group as Finance Group President. He currently is a Board Member of several subsidiaries of Garanti, as well as some other companies in the private sector.

Ergun Özen

Board Member, President & CEO

Mr. Ergun Özen earned a BA in Economics from New York State University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He joined Garanti in 1992 where he has been serving as President, CEO and Board Member since April 1, 2000.  He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Garanti Securities, Garanti Asset Management, Garanti Pension and Life, Garanti Factoring, Garanti Leasing, Garanti Bank SA and Teachers Academy Foundation. He is also the Board Member of Garanti Bank Moscow, Garanti Bank International NV, The Banks Association of Turkey, The Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV).

M. Cüneyt Sezgin, Ph.D. 

Independent Board Member

Mr. M. Cüneyt Sezgin received his undergraduate degree from Middle East Technical University Department of Business Administration, his MBA from Western Michigan University and his Ph.D. from Istanbul University Faculty of Economics. He served in executive positions at several private banks. In year 2001, Dr. Sezgin joined to Garanti Bank. He is a Board and Audit Committee Member, also Board Member at Garanti Bank Romania, Garanti Pension and Life, Garanti Factoring, Garanti Leasing, Garanti Fleet and Corporate Volunteer Association-Turkey.

Carlos Torres Vila

Board Member

Mr. Carlos Torres Vila graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and both a B.S. and a M.S. in Management Science from its Sloan School of Management. He also received a Law Degree from Spain’s Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). He has worked at various private sector corporations. Mr. Torres Vila joined BBVA in 2008 and is currently the Head of Strategy and Corporate Development at BBVA and a member of its Executive Committee.

Manuel Castro Aladro

Board Member

After graduating from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) in Economics and Business, Mr. Castro Aladro received an MBA from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. After working as an executive at various private companies and banks, he joined BBVA in 1992. Between 2003 and 2009 he was the Head of Business Development and Innovation. He is currently the Head of Global Risk Management and a member of the Executive Committee of BBVA.

Cano Fernández

Board Member

Mr. Cano Fernández has a degree in Economics and Business from Oviedo University. He joined Argentaria in 1991, as an Assistant Controller, mainly responsible for the development of all the accounting functions. In 1998, he was appointed Controller and Member of the Executive Committee. Between 2001 and 2003, Mr. Cano Fernández held the position of Chief Financial Officer of BBVA. In 2005, Mr. Cano Fernández takes the lead of Technology of the BBVA Group and becomes Head of Human Resources and Information Technology and in 2006, he became responsible of the Global Transformation of the BBVA Group.. Since 2009, he is the President & COO of BBVA.

Manuel Galatas Sanchez-Harguindey

Independent Board Member

Mr. Manuel Galatas Sanchez-Harguindey has a degree in Business Administration and International Finance from Georgetown University. After working as an executive at various private corporations, he joined Argentaria (today BBVA) in 1994. Before joining Garanti, he was based in Hong Kong as the General Manager in charge of all BBVA Branches and Representative Offices in Asia/Pacific. He is now both Board Member and Audit Committe Member of Garanti Bank Turkey and General Manager of BBVA Turkey Representative Office based in Garanti Bank Headquarters in Istanbul. He is a Board Member at Garanti Bank, Garanti Bank Romania, GarantiBank Moscow, GarantiBank International NV, Garanti Securities, Garanti Asset Management, Garanti Pension and Life, Garanti Factoring, Garanti Leasing, Garanti Payment Systems and Garanti Fleet Management.

Belkıs Sema Yurdum

Independent Board Member

Ms. Sema Yurdum graduated from Boğaziçi University, Faculty of Administrative Sciences in 1979 and completed Advanced Management Program in Harvard Business School for senior managers in 2000. After working in a private sector company as an human resources expert , she had her career in banking sector between 1980-2005. She worked as an Executive Vice President of Garanti Bank and held audit committee membership in various subsidiaries between 1992-2005. Ms. Yurdum has been engaged in seniour consultancy services for companies since 2006.

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  • Who are the members of the Board of Directors?

    The members of the Garanti Bank Board of Directors are Ferit Faik Şahenk (Chairman), Süleyman Sözen (Vice Chairman), Ahmet Kamil Esirtgen, PhD Ergun Özen, M. Cüneyt Sezgin, PhD, Angel Cano Fernandez, Carlos Torres Vila, Manuel Pedro Galatas Sanchez-Harguindey, Manuel Castro Aladro Find out more

  • What is the ownership structure of Garanti Bank?

    Garanti is jointly controlled by two powerful companies, Doğuş Holding and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), under the principle of equal partnership Find out more

  • Exchanges that Garanti Bank’s shares traded and the percentage of publicly traded shares.

    Garanti's shares are traded on the İstanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) under the ticker symbol "GARAN". The shares are also quoted on the London Stock Exchange Main Market. Find out more

  • What are the main subsidiaries of the Bank?

    Garantibank International N.V, Garanti Bank S.A., Garantibank Moscow, Garanti Securities, Garanti Asset Management, Garanti Leasing, Garanti Factoring, Garanti Pension and Life, Garantİ Payment Systems, Garanti Mortgage, Garanti Technology Find out more