People: Turk Hava Yollari AO (THYAO.IS)
15 Sep 2019
Mr. Orhan Birdal serves as Member of the Board of Directors of Turkish Airlines Inc. He held the same position from April 18, 2008 until 2011. Member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Company. He completed his primary and high school education in Istanbul. In 1980, he graduated from the Istanbul Academy of Economics and Commercial Sciences (currently Marmara Universitesi) College of Journalism and Public Relations, and in 1990 completed his graduate degree from the Social Sciences Institute of Marmara University. In 1982, he took his first step in the aviation sector by starting as an air traffic controller at the Ataturk Airport, incorporated under the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI). Later on, he carried out various duties, such as air traffic controller and Airport Manager in Erzincan, Directorate of Nevsehir Kapadokya, Trabzon and Izmir Adnan Menderes Airports and Senior Vice President of Airport Operation Department of DHMI. After working as the Deputy Director and Member Of the Board of Directors of DHMI in 2003, he assumed the position of General Manager and Chairman of the Board Directors of DHMI between 2007-2015. Following his position in DHMI, Mr. Orhan Birdal was appointed to the Undersecretariat of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications. By the end of 2015, he started to serve as Deputy Undersecretary responsible for Aviation and Railroads. During his tenure as the General Manager of DHMI, he also served as the Member of the Board of Directors and Auditing Committee of Turkish Airlines, between 2008-2012. Besides, he also served as the Vice President of the Turkish Civil Aviation Council of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). Having worked as a senior manager in the aviation sector for many years, Mr. Birdal, carried out many projects including IGA, world’s greatest build-operate-transfer project. He also served in high level positions in 17 build-operate-transfer projects regarding several airports of Turkey.
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