Frequently Asked Questions
Erkin Aydın
Chairman of Board of Directors

Born in 1975, Erkin Aydın graduated from the School of Engineering of Bogazici University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and received his MBA degree from the University of Michigan Business School in 2003. Starting his career in the USA in 1998, he was Business Development Associate Project Engineer in Guy F. Atkinson Construction, and Project Manager in California-based Clack Construction Group. In 2002, he joined McKinsey & Company in Istanbul in the roles of Consultant, Project Manager and Assistant Partner, where he consulted various Turkish, East European and West European financial institutions in the fields of growth strategy, marketing, sales efficiency, operational efficiency, organization strategy, and mergers and acquisitions. He started working for Finansbank A.Ş in 2008 as a Group Manager. After a series of marketing management roles, he was appointed as Retail Marketing Coordinator in February 2010 and as Executive Vice President of Consumer Banking in May 2011. After becoming Executive Vice President of Retail Banking and Payment Systems in October 2013, he was appointed Executive Vice President of Retail Banking, Payment Systems and Financial Institutions as of June 2016.

Enis Kurtoğlu
Board Member in charge of Internal Control

Born in 1977, Kurtoğlu has BA degree from Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of Bogazici University in 1999 and completed his MBA in London Business School in 2006. He worked in various marketing and sales management positions at Citibank Turkey in 1999-2002, and in Citibank London HQ responsible for Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2002-2006. Following his role as Citibank Turkey Marketing Director in 2006-2010, he joined QNB Finansbank A.Ş. as Group Manager in charge of Retail Products. Between 2012-2014, he was Retail Banking Director, and assumed the role of Director of Retail Banking and Direct Sales from 2014 to May 2015. Between May 2015 – June 2016, he was Executive Vice President of Retail Banking, and went on to become Executive Vice President of Retail and Private Banking as of June 2016.

Adnan Menderes Yayla
Vice Chairman of Board of Directors

Born in 1963, Yayla completed his Major in Economics in 1985, at Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University. He earned his MBA at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA between 1992 and 1994. Yayla was Assistant Finance Inspector and later Finance Inspector in 1985-1995 at the Ministry of Finance; Head of Project Valuation Department at the Privatization Administration in 1995-1996; Manager, Senior Manager and Partner in 1996-2000 at Istanbul and London offices of Price Waterhouse Coopers; Executive Vice President for Financial Controlling Group and Risk Management in 2008-2008 at T. Dış Ticaret Bank (Fortis). He has been a Member of Management Committee of Finansbank A.Ş and the Group CFO since May 20, 2008. As of October 2013, he holds the title of Vice General Manager for Financial Control and Planning, as well as Group CFO.

Mehmet Kürşad Demirkol
Member of Board of Directors

Mr. Demirkol was born in 1973. He graduated from the Bilkent University, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1995 as top of the class.  He received his M.Sc. and Ph. D. degrees from Stanford University. He worked as Associate Application Engineer at Oracle - Redwood from 1996 till 1997 and Research Assistant at the Stanford University from 1997 till 1999. He served as Senior Advisor at Atlanta and Istanbul offices of McKinsey&Company between 1999 and 2003. He worked as Group President in the Business Development and Strategy Department at QNB Finansbank A.Ş between 2004 and 2005 and worked as VP of IT and Card Operations at QNB Finansbank A.Ş. Russia in 2005. He served as Business Development and Marketing Director at Memorial Healthcare Group from 2005 till 2007. In 2007, he became the head of Information Technologies at Vakıfbank and was assigned as Chief Information Officer and additionally became the Chief Operation Officer in 2008. Mr. Demirkol has been working as Executive Vice President in charge of Information Technologies, OperationS, Channels & Business Development at QNB Finansbank A.Ş since August, 2010.

Halim Ersun Bilgici
Member of Board of Directors

Born in 1966, Halim Ersun Bilgici graduated from the Faculty of Law at Ankara University in 1991 and completed his MBA at Yeditepe University in 2010. Bilgici embarked upon his career in 1992 at İktisat Bankası and then held the title of Private Marketing Coordinator at Şekerbank. Having started his career with Finansbank A.Ş in 2003 as the Group Head of Retail Credits, he was appointed in October 2013 as the Vice General Manager of Retail and Commercial Credits.

Ömür Tan
Member of Board of Directors

Born in 1971, Ömür Tan graduated from Ankara Atatürk Anadolu College. He completed his undergraduate study at the Statistical Department of Hacettepe University. Tan began to work at Yapı Kredi Bankası as a Management Trainee in 1995 and joined QNB Finansbank A.Ş in 1998. After taking various roles in Corporate Branches, he was assigned as Corporate Branch Customer Representative, Corporate Branch Manager, Head Office Key Account Senior Vice President and then, Corporate Banking Senior Vice President. As of October 2011, he acts as the Vice General Manager for Corporate and Commercial Banking, together with the functions of Restructured Finance and Foreign Trade Finance.

Ümit Sönmez
Member of Board of Directors

Mr. Sönmez earned a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Middle East Technical University in 1997 and an Executive MBA degree from the Özyeğin University in 2013. He started his professional career at QNB Finansbank and worked as an Internal Auditor between 1997 and 2002. He served as an Internal Controller at MarSA Kraft Foods A.Ş. between 2002 and 2006 and Financial Planning and Analysis Manager at Sütas A.Ş. between 2006 and 2007. After 5 years of FMCG sector experience, Mr. Sönmez moved back to QNB Finansbank in 2007 and took different responsibilities in Financial Control and Planning division. He served as Vice President - Budgeting and Planning, Senior Vice President and then Director - Budgeting Performance Management from 2007 to 2017. He worked as Head of Group Financial Strategy and MIS at Qatar National Bank (Q.P.S.C.) from March 2017 till August 2018. After an abroad experience in Doha he joined Hemanal Finansman A.Ş. as Executive Vice President of Finance and Credits in October 2018 and he was appointed as General Manager as of January 2019.

Özlem Cinemre
Member of Board of Directors

Born in 1964, Cinemre graduated from the Department of Business Administration, Boğaziçi University, 1988. The same year, she began working at Finansbank A.Ş. Foreign Relations department and assumed various roles until becoming the Department’s head in 1997. Cinemre founded the Financial Institutions Department in 1997, acted as Vice President of Foreign Relations between 1997-2018 and was in charge of Correspondent Banking, Restructured Funding, Trade Finance and Cash Management, Financial Institutions Loan Management and Investor Relations throughout her role. As of April 2018, she was appointed a Board Member of QNB FinansLeasing, QNB FinansFaktoring and Hemenal Finansman A.Ş. – all QNB Finansbank subsidiaries.