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Board of Direstors & Organizational structure

Namık Bahri UĞRAŞ
Chairman and CEO

Born in 1958, Mr. Uğraş received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Ege University.  Mr. Uğraş began his career as a Management Trainee at Interbank in 1983 where he worked as customer relations manager until 1989.   Between 1989 and 1997, he worked as branch manager and as Assistant General Manager (AGM) at Körfez Bank.  He worked as AGM in charge of retail banking at Osmanlı Bank (1997-1999), as AGM in charge of corporate banking at Iktisat Bank (1999-2001), and as AGM in charge of commercial banking at Halk Bank (2001-2003).  He was a founding member of the management team at Ak Emeklilik (2003-2004), and AGM in charge of corporate banking at Şekerbank (2004-2007).  Mr. Uğraş served on the boards of directors of several private companies between 2007-2015: Deniz Investment, Borova Construction, Kiler REIT, Simit Sarayı, Birlik Textile Goods, Ekspo Factoring, and Yeşil REIT. In 2014, Mr. Uğraş was elected to Merkez Factoring’s Board of Directors where he later  also became a shareholder.   He is currently the Chairman and CEO of Merkez Factoring , Merkez Advisory and Mer Insurance.



Member of the Board


Born in 1955 and a graduate of Darüşşafaka High School, Mr. Özmen received his Bachelor’s degree in international relations at Ankara University in 1979.   Mr. Özmen worked as a lecturer in English at Gazi University.   In 1983 he started his finance career at Uluslararası Endüstri ve Ticaret Bankası (İnterbank) as auditor.  Between 1984 and 1989 he worked as an internal auditor and then FX operations manager at İktisat Bank.   He continued his career at Demir Bank between 1989 and 1990 as FX operations manager and at Egebank between 1990 and 1995 as correspondent relations manager manager.  After 1995, Mr. Özmen worked at human resources departments of reputable banks as AGM: between 1995 and 1999 at Demir Bank, between 2000 and 2001 at İktisat bankası, between 2001 and 2002 at Sümer Bank and between 2003 and 2005 at Şeker Bank.  Since 2005, Mr. Özmen has been working at SYS Consultancy  as founding partner.  He has active memberships in  foundations like Darüşşafaka Cemiyeti, ICF and Türkiye Personel Yönetimi Derneği.



Member of the Board


Born in 1962, Mr. Özçelik received his Bachelor’s degree in management from University of Evansville, Indiana. He began his career in finance as a management trainee at Yapı Kredi in 1988 and worked as corporate customer relations manager.  In 1991 , he was appointed as Yapı Kredi Bank’s Moscow Representative.  Between 1997 and 2000, Mr. Özçelik worked as AGM and Executive Board Member at Yapı Toko Bank Moscow.  In 2001 he was appointed as AGM in charge of corporate banking at YKB A.Ş. and its foreign subsidiaries.  In the meantime, he served as board member at Yapı Kredi Leasing and Yapı Kredi Factoring.   Following the merger of Koçbank/Unicredit with Yapı Kredi in 2006, Mr. Özçelik joined its Executive Committee and was in charge of private banking & wealth management.   In 2009 he became CEO of Turkish Bank and in 2011 also the role of a board member at Turkishbank Group’s UK and Cyprus subsidiaries, leasing, factoring and investment companies.