Born in 1949 in Çankırı, Hasan Cebeci is a graduate of the Academy of Economics and Commercial Sciences (Department of Economics and Finance). Beginning his career as an assistant inspector at Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası T.A.O., Cebeci went on to become an inspector, branch manager, unit manager and assistant general manager at the same bank. He was appointed as a member of the executive board and put in charge of Loans on March 28, 2003 at T. Halk Bankası A.Ş. where he would later become the general manager and chairman from December 8, 2003 onwards. He became chairman on April 13, 2005. He is also the chairman of Halk Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş.
Independent Board Member
Süleyman Kalkan was born in Kırşehir in 1956. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, Department of International Relations at Ankara University. Kalkan began his professional career as an assistant inspector at Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş. in 1983. He then served as Retail Loans Assistant Manager in 1993, Commercial and Corporate Loans Regional Manager in 1995 and Non-performing Loans Manager from 1997 until the end of 2003 at the same bank, sat on the Disciplinary Committee and served as a branch manager. During this period, Kalkan also sat on the boards of the Industrial Development Bank of Turkey, Anadolu Hayat Emeklilik A.Ş. and İş Faktoring A.Ş. He served as chairman of Güneş Sigorta A.Ş., a subsidiary of Vakıfbank, and chairman of the Board of Auditors of Vakıf International AG (Vienna). Kalkan served as executive member on the Board of Directors of Vakıfbank and general manager of Vakıfbank from March 2010 until March 2013. He has served as vice chairman of the Board of Directors of Halkbank since April 1, 2013 and as independent board member since April 1, 2014. Kalkan also serves as a board member at Demir-Halk Bank (Netherlands) N.V.
Ali Fuat Taşkesenlioğlu
Board Member and General Manager
Ali Fuat Taşkesenlioğlu was born in Erzurum in 1964. He graduated from Atatürk University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Business Administration Department. He completed a post graduate degree in the Social Sciences Institute at Beykent University and is currently working on a PhD in Business Administration at the same university. He began his professional career in 1988 at Yenidoğan Yayın Dağıtım. After serving as chief specialist at the Faisal Finance Institution from 1988 to 1996, he started at Asya Participation Bank on October 1996 and served as assistant manager of project marketing. He later continued as manager of the Merter and Sultanhamam branches, followed by positions as division manager and deputy general manager of the Head Office Loan Allocation Department. Taşkesenlioğlu was elected to the Board of Directors of T. Vakıflar Bankası T.A.O on March 30, 2012 and served as an associate member on the Board of Auditors and the Board of Loans of T. Vakıflar Bankası T.A.O. He later served as chairman of Vakıf Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş., vice chairman of Vakıf Finans Factoring Hizmetleri A.Ş., and as vice chairman of Vakıf Menkul Kıymetler Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş. from April 20, 2012 until February 7, 2014. Taşkesenlioğlu has served as board member and general manager of Türkiye Halk Bankası A.Ş. since February 7, 2014. He also serves as chairman of Halk Hayat ve Emeklilik A.Ş.
Emin Süha Çayköylü
Emin Süha Çayköylü was born in Istanbul in 1948. After graduating from Middle East Technical University (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering), he went on to receive two master’s degrees from the Syracuse University Business School and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), as well as a PhD from Washington International University. He launched his professional career at a privately-owned company as a project engineer and project manager, going on to become a unit manager at the Development Bank of Turkey and a section chief at the Islamic Development Bank. He has also worked as a general manager, project coordinator and manager for various private companies and has been a board member of T. Halk Bankası A.Ş. since March 28, 2003.
Dr. Nurzahit Keskin
Born in 1962 in Istanbul, Dr. Nurzahit Keskin is a graduate of Anadolu University (Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences) and holds a master's degree from the Marmara University Institute of Banking and Insurance (Department of International Banking). Keskin, who has a doctorate from Sakarya University, began his career as a lecturer at Marmara University, after which he entered the private sector and worked as an independent auditor and management consultant for an international company. He also worked as a senior-level human resources manager in various national and multinational firms and executive board member responsible for Human Resources, Operations and Support Services at T.C. Ziraat Bank A.Ş. in 2003. In addition, he was a board member of Ziraat Bank International AG, Germany; Turkish Ziraat Bank Bosnia DD, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Ziraat Banka AD, Macedonia; Türkmen Türk Ticaret Bankası, Turkmenistan; and Azer Türk Bank ASC, Azerbaijan. Keskin has been a board member of Türkiye Halk Bankası A.Ş. since 2005. He is also a board member of Demir-Halk Bank (Netherlands) N.V. Keskin speaks English and German.
Dr. Ahmet Yarız
Ahmet Yarız was born in Elazığ in 1966. He graduated from the Faculty of Business Administration at Istanbul University and received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the Institute of Banking and Insurance at Marmara University. Yarız began his banking career at the Industrial Development Bank of Turkey and worked at various industrial and financial organizations. He later worked in various industrial enterprises and financial institutions and served as a board member of Vakıfbank responsible for Risk Management and Internal Audit and a board member of the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund. Yarız served as an independent board member of Halkbank from April 9, 2008 until May 23, 2010; board member from May 24, 2010 until March 28, 2013; independent board member from March 29, 2013 until March 31, 2014. Yarız serves as board member since April 1, 2014. He is also the vice chairman of Halk Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş.
Yunus Karan was born in Giresun in 1940. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the Istanbul University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in 1964. Karan began his professional career at T.C. Ziraat Bankası A.Ş. in 1965 and served as Branch Manager in various branches of the bank until 1996. He then served as the Fatih Branch Manager of İhlas Finans Kurumu A.Ş. between 1996 and 1999. Karan was a Board Member at the Ziraat Leasing Finansal Kiralama A.Ş. from 2002 until May 2012 and an Independent Board Member at Halk Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş. between May 14, 2012 and March 31, 2014. He has been serving as a Board Member at Türkiye Halk Bankası A.Ş since April 1, 2014. He is also a board member at Halk Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş.
İsmail Erol İşbilen
Independent Board Member
İsmail Erol İşbilen was born in Çankırı in 1959. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, Department of Economics and Finance at Ankara University. İşbilen began his professional career as an assistant inspector at T. Garanti Bankası A.Ş. in 1983. He served as an inspector and in various executive positions at the same bank. He joined Asya Katılım Bankası A.Ş. as a branch manager in December 1997 and served as loans manager at the same bank from 2000 until 2004. İşbilen served as head of the Financial Analysis and Intelligence Division at T.C. Ziraat Bankası A.Ş. from June 2005 until February 2010 and sat on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Asya Katılım Bankası A.Ş. from February 2010 until March 2012. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Halkbank since April 1, 2013, and as an independent board member since April 18, 2013. İşbilen also serves as vice chairman of Halk Hayat ve Emeklilik A.Ş.
Member of the Board of Auditors
Faruk Özçelik was born in Hadim, Konya in 1968. Faruk Özçelik graduated from the Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Political Science at Ankara University and received his master’s degree from the Institute of Social Sciences, Department of International Relations at Selçuk University. He later graduated from the Department of Banking and Insurance at Ankara University. Özçelik began his professional career at the Turkish Prime Ministry General Directorate of Foundations as an assistant inspector and later served as an inspector and inspector general at the Ministry of Public Works and Settlement and deputy general manager at the Prime Ministry General Directorate of Personnel and Principles from 2003 until 2009. From 2009 onwards, in addition to his position as general manager at the Prime Ministry General Directorate of Personnel and Principles, Özçelik sat on the board of directors of the Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool from 2003 until 2010.Mr. Özçelik has served as member of the board of auditors at Halkbank since 2010 and as a board member at the Institute of Public Administration for Turkey and the Middle East (TODAIE) since 2009. Faruk Özçelik was appointed as the undersecretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports on January 26, 2014 and is actively involved in soccer, volleyball and athletics.
Member of the Board of Auditors
He was born in Besni, Adıyaman in 1963. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Management at Çukurova University and received his MBA from Cleveland State University. He began his professional career as an assistant specialist at the Treasury and Foreign Trade Department of the General Directorate of Public Finance, the Undersecretariat of Treasury in 1987 and later served as a treasury specialist at the same General Directorate. Arslan held the positions of treasury specialist and Department Manager at the General Directorate of Economic Research and the Foreign Capital Directorate; energy specialist at Energy Market Regulatory Authority between October 2002 and October 2004; department manager at the now defunct General Directorate of Banking and Foreign Exchange, Undersecretariat of the Treasury, between October 2004 and January 2005; and head of the personnel department at the same General Directorate between January 2005 and May 2010. He served as the head of the now defunct General Directorate of Banking and Foreign Exchange between May 2010 and November 2011. He also served as a member of the Board of Auditors of Halkbank from April 18, 2012 to March 29, 2013. Ali Arslan serves as a member of the Board of Auditors, which was formed under the Articles of Association, since March 29, 2013.
Independent Board Member
Sadık Tıltak received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the Ankara University Faculty of Political Science. He began his professional career as an Assistant Inspector at T. Garanti Bankası A.Ş. in 1988 and moved on to serve as a Branch Manager before becoming a General Manager at the company's headquarters. After his appointment as a Board Member at the T. Vakıflar Bankası T.A.O. on March 30, 2012, Tıltak served as a member on the company's Board of Loans, its Corporate Governance and Appointment Board and its Audit Board. He also took on the position of Chairman of the Board at Vakıf Finans Factoring Hizmetleri A.Ş. and Deputy Chairman of the Board at Vakıf Gayrimenkul Değerleme A.Ş., Vakıf Pazarlama ve Ticaret A.Ş. and Vakıf Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş. He has been serving as an Independent Board Member at Türkiye Halk Bankası A.Ş since
April 1, 2014. He is also a board member at Halk Hayat ve Emeklilik A.Ş.