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Meet the Board of Directors of Garanti
Ferit Faik Şahenk
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 a Board Member of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) of Turkey. Following his term as the Chairman of the TurkishAmerican Business Council of DEİK, he is currently chairing the Turkish-German Business Council; serving as Deputy Chairman of Turkish-United Arab Emirates Business Council and Executive Board Member of Turkish-Greek 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. He has been serving as Chairman of Garanti Bank since April 18, 2001. Ferit F. Şahenk holds Chairman of the Board and Vice Chairman responsibilities in various other affiliates of Doğuş Holding.
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 held various positions in the private sector, mainly in financial institutions. Mr. Sözen holds a Certified Public Accountant license. Having served on the Board of Directors of Garanti Bank since 1997, Mr. Sözen was appointed as Vice Chairman on July 08, 2003. He serves also in subsidiaries of Garanti as the Chairman of the Board of Garanti Bank International N.V. and GarantiBank Moscow. Mr. Sözen holds Chairman of the Board and Vice Chairman responsibilities in various other affiliates of Doğuş Holding.
Ahmet Kamil Esirtgen, Ph.D.
After graduating from Istanbul University Faculty of Economics, 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 serves as an Executive and a Board Member in Doğuş Group, as well as other private sector companies. He has been serving as Board Member of Garanti Bank since March 19, 1992.
Board Member, President & CEO
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 also a Board Member of Garanti Securities, Garanti Pension and Life, Garanti Factoring, Garanti Leasing, Garanti Payment Systems, Garanti Technology, Garanti Bank SA (Romania) and GarantiBank Moscow. In addition, Mr. Özen also serves as Board Member in The Banks Association of Turkey, The Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD), The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) and Turkish Education Association. He has been serving as Board Member of Garanti Bank since May 14, 2003.
M. Cüneyt Sezgin, Ph.D.
Independent Board Member
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 Garanti Bank. He is a Board and Audit Committee Member, also Board Member at Garanti Bank SA (Romania), Garanti Pension and Life, Garanti Securities and Corporate Volunteer Association-Turkey. Dr. Sezgin has been serving as Board Member of Garanti Bank since June 30, 2004, and since April 30, 2013, as Independent Board Member of Garanti Bank, his new title in accordance with the requirements of the relevant new regulation of Capital Markets Board of Turkey.
Jaime Saenz de Tejada Pulido
Jaime Saenz de Tejada Pulido holds undergraduate degrees from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) in Economics and Business as well as in Law from the same university. He has worked at various private sector corporations. Mr. Saenz de Tejada joined BBVA in 1998 and is currently the CFO at BBVA. He has been serving as Board Member of Garanti Bank since October 2, 2014.
Manuel Galatas Sanchez-Harguindey
Independent Board Member
Manuel Galatas Sanchez-Harguindey has a degree in Business Administration and International Finance from Georgetown University. After working as an executive at various private financial entities, 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 Committee Member of Garanti Bank Turkey and General Manager of BBVA Turkey based in Garanti Bank Headquarters in Istanbul. He is also a Board Member at Garanti Bank SA (Romania), GarantiBank Moscow, Garanti Bank International N.V., Garanti Securities, Garanti Pension and Life, Garanti Factoring, Garanti Leasing, Garanti Payment Systems and Garanti Fleet Management. He has been serving as Board Member of Garanti Bank since May 5, 2011, and since April 30, 2013, as Independent Board Member of Garanti Bank, his new title in accordance with the requirements of the relevant new regulation of Capital Markets Board of Turkey.
Independent Board Member
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 a 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 senior consultancy services for companies since 2006. She has been serving as Independent Board Member of Garanti Bank since April 30, 2013.
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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