People: Tekfen Holding AS (TKFEN.IS)
23 May 2019
Mr. Zekeriya Yildirim has served as Independent Board Member of Tekfen Holding Co. Inc. since October 8, 2013. He graduated from Darussafaka High School in 1962. He received a B.A. in economics from Istanbul Universitesi in 1966 and a master’s in Economics from Vanderbilt University in 1976. He began his career at the Ministry of Finance as assistant auditor and then auditor. He specialized in international finance at the Turkish Central Bank, where he started work in 1977, and played an active role in liberalizing the economy, encouraging competition, and opening up the Turkish market to international competition. He left the Central Bank in 1987 as Vice-Chairman. He served for a time as vice-chairman of the board and Chairman of the executive committee at Dogus Group. He also served as chairman and member of the boards of companies affiliated with Dogus Group and other private sector institutions. In addition, he has worked as advisor to Turkish and foreign companies. Since 1998, he has been chairman of the board of Yildirim Danismanlik Hizmetleri A.S., which provides consultancy in corporate financing, management, and strategy to leading Turkish and international companies. He is a partner and chairman of the board of Ada Plant A.S., a company that raises ornamental plants, and chairman of the board of FU Gayrimenkul Yatirim Danismanlik A.S., which investigates and authenticates the legal status of immoveable properties and gives consulting to banks and financial institutions. He was on the board of FU and Dogan Holding between 2008 and 2012, and on the board of Dogan Holding between 2008 and 2010, He has been an Independent Member of the Board of Directors of Sabanci Holding since 2012.
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