Mustafa Sani Şener, Board Member and President & CEO, TAV Airports Holding
Member of the Board of Directors and President & CEO Mustafa Sani Sener was appointed member of the Board of Directors, President and CEO of TAV Airports in 1997. After graduating from the Black Sea Technical University (KTU) Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1977, Mr. 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 American New Hampshire University for his accomplishments in Project and Risk Management throughout his tenure at TAV.
Prior to his career at TAV Airports Holding, Mr. Sener served in various positions, from project manager to general manager, in many national and international projects. He attended training on the management of complex systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT.) Mustafa Sani Sener is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Airports Council International (ACI) World and was elected the President of Foreign Economic Relations Board’s Turkish- French Business Council in 2012.
Mr. Sener was honored with the "Legion d'honneur” of the Chevalier order by France thanks to his contributions to the bilateral relations between Turkey and France.
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 Turkey in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and third in the European Transport Sector in 2014.
David Olivier Tarac, Senior Vice President-Consumer Services and Deputy CEO, TAV Airports Holding
David Olivier Tarac graduated from the Paris Ecole Polytechnique in 1995 and received his MBA from the Ecole National Supérieure des Mines de Paris (Mines ParisTech) in 1998. He began his career in 1995 as the Corporate Unit Manager at Legris Industrie and later served as Analyst at PWC Corporate Finance from 1996 until 1998. Working as Deputy Director at the DCN (Naval Shipyards) between 1998 and 2000, he subsequently served as Portfolio Manager at the State Public Holdings Agency between 2000 and 2004, Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group between 2004 and 2007, Vice President at BNP Paribas between 2007 and 2008, and Senior Project Manager at Roland Berger Consulting Company in 2008. Lastly he served as the Director of Financial Operations at Aéroports de Paris between 2008 to 2012 and he has been undertaking responsibilities in mergers and acquisitions, financial engineering, treasury and debt management, pricing, business planning, investors relations, investment controlling, the Tax Department and supervision of ADP Group subsidiaries. David Olivier Tarac completed the Successful Performance Management Program of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in 2011.
Serkan Kaptan, Deputy CEO, TAV Airports Holding
Serkan Kaptan graduated from Istanbul University, Department of Business Administration in 1995 and received his MBA from Marmara University in 2002. He has been serving as Business Development Director of TAV Airports Holding since 2003. Mr. Kaptan joined TAV Airports Holding in 1998 with the build-operate-transfer project of the Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Between 1998 and 2001, he served as airport operation consultant at Airport Consulting Vienna, a company owned by VIE, which in turn is a partner of TAV Airports Holding. Prior to joining TAV Airports, Mr. Kaptan worked at Birgenair Charter Group as Dispatcher and Operations Supervisor. Serkan Kaptan has 18 years of experience in airport and airline operations and public-private partnership infrastructure projects. He served as the country director and in relationship management tasks in managing TAV Airports’ operations in Iran and Georgia. Mr. Kaptan has also been the Chair of the Turkish-Latvian Business Council of the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK) since 2010.
Burcu Geriş, Vice President - CFO, TAV Airports Holding
Burcu Geris graduated from the Bosphorus University, Department of Business Administration in 1999 and received her MBA degree from London Business School and Columbia Business School.
Ms. Geris began her professional career at Garanti Bank where she took part in the financing of a series of privatization, infrastructure and energy projects from 1999 until 2005. She has 15 years of professional experience in project finance, corporate finance and treasury. Joining TAV Airports in 2005, Ms. Geris led the Project & Structured Finance Department of the Company between 2005 and 2012. During her tenure at TAV, she closed the financing and refinancing of eight airports in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Georgia, Tunisia, Macedonia, Medinah and Zagreb worth a total of US$ 4.5 billion. She played a major role in various share sale transactions. In addition to serving as a Member of the Boards of Directors of TAV Group companies, Ms. Geris is also a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), Global Board Ready Women (GBRW), BUMED, CBS and LBS Alumni Associations. In 2013, she became one of 16 women worldwide chosen to the Rising Talents program, which is organized by the Women’s Forum annually where women professionals under 40 who will shape the future are recognized with awards. She is married with two children.
Murat Örnekol, Vice President, COO, TAV Airports Holding
Murat Örnekol graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Industrial Engineering in 1980 and served as the General Manager of TAV Esenboğa between 2006 and 2008. Prior to joining TAV Airports he worked as Planning Engineer, IT Manager and Commerce Manager at Kutlutaş Holding. Mr. Örnekol also served as General Manager at Bordata, an IT company, as well as Logistics & Business Development Coordinator, Head of the Healthcare Group, Telecom Project Director and Vice Chairman of the Holding’s Executive Board at Bayındır Group companies. He was appointed Operations Director of TAV Airports in 2008.
Kemal Ünlü, Vice President, TAV İstanbul
In 1978, he began working as an electricity technician in Ankara Esenboğa Airport. He graduated from Gazi University Electricity Engineering Dept. in 1983. He served as Electricity Manager of the Turkish State Airports Authority (DHMİ)’s Antalya Airport in 1988, the Deputy Principal in Charge of DHMİ Atatürk Airport in 1994, and the Principal in Charge of Atatürk Airport at the Turkish State Airports Authority (DHMİ) between August 1999 and March 2004. In 2004, he retired from the Director-in-chief position and joined TAV Airports and was assigned to the Iran Project. He returned to Istanbul after four months. In 2006, he was appointed as the General Manager of the TAV İstanbul. Since 05.12.2006, for four terms, he has been the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Turkish Private Aviation Enterprises Association (TÖSHİD).
Hakan Öker, Vice President, Human Resources, TAV Airports Holding
Mr.Hakan Öker graduated from Hacettepe University’s Department of Sociology in 1986. He started his professional career in 1988 as a Personnel Specialist at Beksa, Bekaert- Sabancı Çelik Kord Steel Cord Plc. After assuming various responsibilities in Beksa between 1988 and 1998, he continued his career as Human Resources Director at Kordsa Turkey, Quality and Information Systems Joint Services Director and then Projects Director within the Tire, Tire Reinforcement Materials and Automotive Group of Sabancı Holding. In January 2007, he was appointed as Kordsa Global, Global Director of Human Resources. He was appointed as Vice President responsible for Human Resources and Information Technologies in January 2009. In June 2015 he was appointed as the Kordsa Global, Chief Human Resources Officer.
Ersagun Yücel, General Secretary, TAV Airports Holding
Appointed General Secretary of TAV Airports Holding in 2002 and a member of the TAV Airports Holding Board of Directors in 2009. He graduated from California Newport University, Department of Business Administration in 1999 and is currently pursuing his MBA degree at the same university. Also Yücel graduated from Yıldız Technical University, Department of Serigraphy in 1994 and attended the New York University Advertising and Marketing Program in 1997. Beginning his career as a graphic artist in MR Com Graphics in 1993, Mr. Yücel worked as manager in Rifle Jeans and Calvin Klein Jeans between 1995 and 1998. Mr. Yücel joined TAV Airports in 1999 as the Assistant to the President & CEO and was subsequently appointed General Secretary of TAV Holding in 2002 and then as a member of the Board of Directors of TAV Airports in 2009. In addition to his responsibilities as the General Secretary of TAV Airports, he also oversees the activities of the Corporate Communications, External Affairs, Management Systems, and Board of Directors Administrative Affairs Departments.