Süleyman Sözen

Süleyman Sözen

Chairman

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 Under secretariat of Treasury. Since 1981, he has held various positions in the private sector, mainly in financial institutions. Having served on the Board of Directors of Garanti BBVA since 1997, Mr. Sözen was appointed as the Vice Chairman on July 8, 2003 and then as the Chairman on September 19, 2017. Mr. Sözen holds a Certified Public Accountant license and serves as the Board Member of Görüş YMM A.Ş. and as the Board of Trustees Member of Teachers Academy Foundation. Mr. Sözen has 38 years of experience in banking and business administration.

 

Jorge Sáenz-Azcúnaga Carranza

Jorge Sáenz-Azcúnaga Carranza

Vice Chairman, Independent Board Member

Jorge Sáenz-Azcúnaga earned his BS in Business Administration from Universidad Deusto. He has developed his entire career in BBVA starting as Research Analyst. He then worked as Corporate Strategist, Head of CEO Office, Business Development (Commercial & Institutional Banking in Spain), Head of Strategy (Wholesale Banking & Asset Management), Head of Strategy and Planning (Spain & Portugal) and between years 2013 and 2015 as Regional Manager for the North of Spain. As of 2015, he served as the Head of Business Monitoring Spain, USA and Turkey. In July 2016 he was appointed Head of Country Monitoring and member of the Global Leadership Team in BBVA. Mr.Sáenz-Azcúnaga is member of the Board of Directors of BBVA Compass Bancshares in the US and BBVA Bancomer in Mexico. He has been serving as the Board Member of Garanti BBVA since March 24, 2016 and since his appointment as an Audit Committee member of T. Garanti Bankası A.Ş. on March 31, 2016, he is deemed as an Independent Board Member of Garanti BBVA in accordance with the relevant regulations of the Capital Markets Board of Turkey. He was appointed as Vice Chairman on September 19, 2017 and has 26 years of experience in banking and business administration.

Ali Fuat Erbil

Ali Fuat Erbil

President & CEO

Ali Fuat Erbil graduated from the Middle East Technical University Department of Computer Engineering, earned his MBA from Bilkent University and his PhD in Banking and Finance from Istanbul Technical University. After working as an executive at various private companies and banks, he joined Garanti BBVA as the Senior Vice President of Distribution Channels in 1997. Mr. Erbil was appointed as the Executive Vice President on April 30, 1999 and was responsible of several areas such as Retail Banking, Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Financial Institutions and Human Resources as an EVP. Since September 2, 2015, Erbil has been serving as the Board Member, President & CEO. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Garanti BBVA International N.V., Garanti BBVA S.A. (Romania), Garanti BBVA Securities, Garanti BBVA Pension and Life, Garanti BBVA Factoring, Garanti BBVA Leasing, Garanti BBVA Payment Systems and Garanti BBVA Technology. In addition to his responsibilities, he also serves as the Board Member in the BBVA Association of Turkey and the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and as the Board of Trustees Member of Teachers Academy Foundation. Mr. Erbil has 26 years of experience in banking and business administration.

Ergun Özen

Ergun Özen

Board Member

Ergun Özen earned his BA in Economics from New York State University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He started his banking carrier in Treasury department in 1987 before joining Garanti BBVA in 1992. Having served as the President & CEO at Garanti BBVA  between April 1, 2000 September 2, 2015, Mr. Özen is a Board Member of Garanti BBVA since May 14, 2003. Mr. Özen is the Chairman of Boyner Perakende ve Tekstil Yatırımları A.Ş. and Board Member of Atom Bank. Mr. Özen has 32 years of experience in banking and business administration.

 

M. Cüneyt Sezgin Ph.D.

M. Cüneyt Sezgin Ph.D.

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. Having served in executive positions at several banks, Mr. Sezgin joined Garanti BBVA in 2001. In addition to his membership at the Board of Directors of Garanti BBVA , Mr. Sezgin serves as the Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Garanti BBVA S.A. (Romania), Garanti BBVA Pension and Life and Garanti BBVA Securities and as Board Member of Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş. and its several subsidiaries. Mr. Sezgin is a Board of Trustees Member at Teachers Academy Foundation and World Wildlife Foundation Turkey. Mr. Sezgin has been serving as a Board Member of Garanti BBVA since June 30, 2004 and has 31 years of experience in banking and business administration.

Jaime Saenz De Tejada Pulido

Jaime Saenz De Tejada Pulido

Board Member

Jaime Saenz de Tejada Pulido holds undergraduate degrees from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE) in both Law & Economics and Business Sciences and completed Programa de Dirección General (PDG) at IESE Business School in 1999. Mr. Saenz de Tejada joined BBVA in 1992 and in 2000 he was appointed as the Director of Corporate and Investment Banking in America. Subsequently, he served as the Managing Director of BBVA Banco Continental in Peru until his return to Spain as Territorial Director at the end of 2007. In 2011 he was appointed as the Director of Business Development of Spain and Portugal and in May 2012, he became a member of the Executive Committee of the Group. After serving as the Director of Strategy & Finance in 2014, in May, 2015, Mr. Saenz de Tejada was appointed to his current role, Global Head of Finance & Accounting at BBVA Group. He has been serving as the Board Member of Garanti BBVA since October 2, 2014 and has 27 years of experience in banking and business administration.

Javier Bernal Dionis

Javier Bernal Dionis

Board Member

Javier Bernal graduated from University of Barcelona, Faculty of Law and he earned his MBA from IESE Business School, University of Navarra. After working in Barna Consulting Group as Partner and in Promarsa as General Manager, he joined BBVA in 1996. Until 1999 he served as the Segment Manager of Retail Banking (Spain). During 2000-2003, he founded and managed an internet business. Since 2004, he has been working in different areas at BBVA; Head of Innovation and Business Development reporting to the CEO, Head of Business Development Spain & Portugal, Head of Global Business Development, Head of Business Alignment of BBVA and Garanti BBVA, member of BBVA Group Executive Committee, member of Spanish and Portugal Executive Committee and Chairman of BBVA Insurance Spain. He has been serving as a Board Member of Garanti BBVA since July 27, 2015 and is furthermore Board Member at Garanti BBVA Pension and Life, Garanti BBVA  S.A. (Romania), Garanti BBVA Leasing, Garanti BBVA Securities and Garanti BBVA Payment Systems. Responsible of BBVA-Garanti BBVA coordination, Mr. Bernal has 29 years of experience in banking and business administration.

 

Rafael Salinas Martinez de Lecea

Rafael Salinas Martinez de Lecea

Board Member

Rafael Salinas Martínez De Lecea holds a B.S. degree in Economics and Business Management from Universidad de Alicante and graduate degrees from the Center for Monetary and Financial Studies of the Bank of Spain (CEMFI), MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics of London School of Economics and MBA from the Graduate School of Business of University of Chicago. He joined BBVA in 1991 as the Director of Derivative Products in BBVA Interactivos, S.V.B and developed all his professional career at the BBVA Group. Between 1998-2000, he worked as the Deputy Director of Assets and Liabilities of the BBVA Group. After working as the Head of Capital Base Management of BBVA, he was appointed as the CFO of Banco de Credito Local de Espana (BCL) in 2003. Between 2006-2015, he served as the Director of Risk & Portfolio Management of the Corporate and Investment Banking unit of BBVA and since 2015, he is the Head of Global Risk Management of BBVA Group. Mr. Salinas has been serving as a Board Member of Garanti BBVA since May 8, 2017 and has 28 years of experience in banking and business administration.

 

Sema Yurdum

Sema Yurdum

Board Member

Sema Yurdum graduated from Boğaziçi University, Faculty of Administrative Sciences in 1979 and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2000. After working in a private sector company between 1979-1980 as a human resources expert,she had her career in banking sector between 1980-2005. She worked as an Executive Vice President of Garanti BBVA and held Audit Committee membership in various subsidiaries between 1992-2005. Offering management consultancy services since 2006, Ms. Yurdum has been serving as an Independent Board Member of Garanti BBVA  since April 30, 2013. Ms. Yurdum has 38 years of experience in banking and business administration.

 

Ricardo Gomez Barredo

Ricardo Gomez Barredo

Independent Board Member

Ricardo Gomez Barredo earned his B.S. degree in Economics and Business Management from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and graduate degree in Tax Consultancy from ICADE. He also completed Programa de Dirección General (PDG) at IESE Business School. After working in a global consultancy firm in Tax & Legal Department and in an industrial company as the Head of Tax Consultancy, he joined BBVA in 1994 as Director of Tax Advice Mortgage Banking. He held several top management positions in BBVA, such as Tax Advice Private Banking, Director of Tax Advice Argentaria, Deputy Director of Tax Consulting, Head of Financial Analysis and Planning, Head of Financial Planning and Management Control and the Head of Global Accounting & Information Management. In 2016, he was appointed to his current role as Head of Accounting & Supervisors. Mr. Barredo has been serving as the Board Member of Garanti BBVA since May 8, 2017 and since his appointment as an Audit Committee member of T. Garanti Bankası A.Ş. on March 29, 2018, he is deemed as an Independent Board Member of Garanti BBVA in accordance with the relevant regulations of the Capital Markets Board of Turkey. Mr. Barredo has 31 years of experience in banking and business administration.

Mevhibe Canan Özsoy

Mevhibe Canan Özsoy

Independent Board Member

She graduated from Istanbul University with Bachelor’s Degree of Dental Medicine in 1985. She accomplished her master degree on Dental Medicine at the same University in 1987, and earned her MBA from Bogazici University in 1994 and then completed her Energy Technologies Master’s Degree at Sabancı University in 2015. Before joining the pharmaceutical industry in 1990 she had her career as a Medical Dentist. She has occupied sales&marketing and commercial leadership positions in Hoechst Marion Roussel, Glaxo Wellcome, Sanofi Aventis companies which are operating in the pharmaceutical industry. She was appointed as Vice President in charge of Marketing International in 2007 at General Electric Healthcare, Paris. She was then assigned as Chief Marketing Officer at General Electric Healthcare, USA in 2009. She came back to Paris as General Manager of Global Mammography in 2011 and led the mammography business field of General Electric (GE). She was appointed as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at General Elektrik Ticaret ve Servis A.Ş. in 2012. Besides, she has been serving as the Chief Growth Officer in charge of Middle-East, North Africa and Turkey since 2017. Furthermore, she is also Board Member of Grid Solutions Enerji Endustrisi A.Ş., GE Enerji Endustri Ticaret ve Servis A.Ş., Komet Enerji Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., GE Renewable Enerji A.Ş., TUSAŞ Motor Sanayii A.Ş., Artesis Teknoloji Sistemleri A.Ş., Sağlık ve Eğitim Vakfı (SEV), Amerikan Şirketler Derneği.

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