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AHMET YAHYA KİĞILI

Hayat Holding Chairman of the Board

Ahmet Yahya Kiğılı, who undertook the management of the Fahri and Avni Kiğılı Unlimited Liability Company, which was founded in 1937 to trade textiles in Sultanhamam after completing his education at German School of Istanbul, stepped into the world of industry in 1961. Mr. Kiğılı, who entered a different sector by founding Kastamonu Entegre Ağaç Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. in 1969, founded Hayat Kimya Sanayi A.Ş. in 1987, and thus, joined the world of fast-moving consumer goods. Ahmet Yahya Kiğılı is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hayat Holding, which operates in FMCG, wood and other forest products, port management, retail, and construction sectors. Ahmet Yahya Kiğılı speaks English and German.

AHMET YAHYA KİĞILI

Hayat Holding Chairman of the Board

M. AVNİ KİĞILI

Hayat Holding Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Board

Born in 1974 in Istanbul, M. Avni Kiğılı is the third generation member of the Kiğılı family.

Mr. Kiğılı, who fulfilled different duties and responsibilities within Hayat Kimya in the first three years of his business life, took over the management of the personal care investment in 1997. In 2002, he became the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Hayat Temizlik ve Sağlık Ürünleri A.Ş. (Hayat Cleaning and Health Products, Inc.), the Vice Chairman of the Board of Hayat Kimya in 2009, and the Chairman of the Executive Board of Hayat Holding in 2013. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Executive Board at Hayat Holding, which operates in the fields of wood products, fast moving consumer goods, port management, pulp and paper industry, and real estate.

M. Avni Kiğılı is married and has three children.

M. AVNİ KİĞILI

Hayat Holding Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Board

İBRAHİM GÜLER

Vice President, Operations

After graduating from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Yıldız Technical University in 1994, İbrahim Güler went on with his education in the field of Mechanical Engineering at Hannover University of Applied Sciences in Germany between 1995 and 1999. Mr. Güler started his professional career as a Production Engineer at Hayat in 1999 and later served as the Production Manager, Global Technical and Project Manager, and Global Production Director of the same company subsequently. Mr. Güler is currently serving as the Vice President of Operations.

İBRAHİM GÜLER

Vice President, Operations

AYSEL AYDIN

Vice President, Strategy and Marketing

Born in 1971 in Istanbul, Aysel Aydın started her career as a Product Manager at Kurtsan İlaçları after graduating from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 1993, followed by the Marketing Manager position at Toprak Kağıt and then at Toprak Seramik company within the same group. Ms. Aydın later joined the Hayat family. Aysel Aydın served as the Marketing Manager of the Tissue Category in 2005 and as the Global Marketing Director of the same category between 2014 and 2016. Ms. Aydın has been acting as Hayat's Vice President of Strategy and Marketing since 2016, and carries out the strategy and marketing activities in all export and affiliates’ markets of the company.

AYSEL AYDIN

Vice President, Strategy and Marketing

DR. FİKRET KOÇ

Vice President, R&D

Born in Posof, Ardahan in 1972, Fikret Koç graduated from the Department of Chemistry at Dortmund University in 2000 and received his doctorate degree in Organic Chemistry at the same university in 2004. Serving as a research assistant at the university during this period, he did post-doc researches and returned to Turkey in 2005. Mr. Koç worked at the R&D department of Abdi İbrahim pharmaceutical company until 2010 and has assumed the R&D Director position of Deva Holding in 2010. During the same period, Mr. Koç simultaneously worked as a part-time lecturer at a private university between 2006 and 2014. Fikret Koç joined Hayat as the Global R&D Director at the end of 2013 and still serves as the Vice President of R&D.

DR. FİKRET KOÇ

Vice President, R&D

VEDAT YILDIRIM

Vice President, Sales

Vedat Yıldırım, who worked at all levels of the sales department at Mintax and P&G companies between 1984 and 1997, assumed his final post at P&G Turkey as the Sales Manager of the Distributor Operations and Caucasus Region Director responsible for three countries. Taking his experience to different areas of FMCG, Mr. Yıldırım moved on in his career in sales as the Sales Director of Eti and İxir companies, Managing Director of Komili Marketing, Executive Board Member of Hedef Group, and Managing Director of Pepsi Bottling Marmara Division, followed by the Management Director post at the Iran Behbahani Group. After undertaking the Managing Director position of Hayat’s Algerian subsidiary, Mr. Yıldırım has managed the sales activities of Hayat in global markets as the Vice President of Sales since 2016.

VEDAT YILDIRIM

Vice President, Sales

HÜSEYİN OKUR

Vice President, Finance

Hüseyin Okur graduated from the Department of Business Administration at Middle East Technical University in 1998 and received his master’s degree in Executive Management from Koç University in 2008. Starting his career in the banking sector, Mr. Okur worked at Asya Finans between 1998 and 2000. He later served as the Planning and Reporting Team Leader at the Arçelik-LG company between 2000 and 2008, and as the Finance Director in various units at Yıldız Holding, which is the owner of the Ülker brand, between 2008 and 2014. Hüseyin Okur joined Hayat as the Director of Domestic Financial Affairs in 2014. Mr. Okur has been serving as the Vice President of Finance since 2018.

HÜSEYİN OKUR

Vice President, Finance

ALİ ZEYBEK

Senior Vice President of Subsidiaries

Ali Zeybek was born in Istanbul in 1950. After graduating from the Faculty of Engineering at Middle East Technical University, he worked as a specialist, manager, and sales engineer at the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, in the private sector, and at Eximbank between 1973 and 1982. Moving on in his career with various managerial positions at OYAK and in the private sector, Mr. Zeybek transferred to the State Planning Organization in 1988, where he directed the Research and Investment Incentives Departments. Ali Zeybek, who served in the top management of Toprak Holding between 1991 and 2005, joined Hayat Kimya in 2005. Mr. Zeybek undertook the Overseas Projects Coordinator, Strategic Planning and Business Development Coordinator, and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board positions in the Group, and currently acts as the Senior Vice President of the Executive Board.

ALİ ZEYBEK

Senior Vice President of Subsidiaries

HASAN UĞUR

Vice President, Asia Operations

Born in Istanbul in 1977, Hasan Uğur graduated from the Department of Chemistry at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Boğaziçi University in 2001. After receiving his master's degree from the Faculty of Management at Sabancı University in 2003, he started his career at Hayat as a Production and R&D Engineer. After serving as an R&D Engineer and Istanbul Regional Sales Manager at the Purchasing and Import Department and at the Hygiene and Paper factory respectively, he was appointed the Foreign Subsidiaries Manager in 2008. Mr. Uğur acted as the Managing Director of Algeria operations between 2011 and 2014 and as Managing Director of Iran operations between 2014 and 2019. Hasan Uğur, who was appointed as the Audit Director of Hayat Holding in 2019, has been continuing his duty in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam since 2020 as the Vice President of Asia Operations at Hayat.

HASAN UĞUR

Vice President, Asia Operations

TARIK DEMİRYAKAN

Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Purchasing, Global E-Commerce and Retail, Iran

Born in 1972, Tarık Demiryakan graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Yıldız Technical University in 1994. During his studentship years, he started working as a Meteorologist at the General Directorate of State Airports Authority at Atatürk Airport between 1990 and 1995. Mr. Demiryakan, who undertook the Process/Power and Control Engineer position at P&G’s Gebze Factory in 1997, also served as the Operations and Logistics Manager of the same company. Between 2006 and 2009, he served as the Director of Supply Chain, Purchasing, and Production at 3M Turkey, where he was also a member of the Executive Board. Mr. Demiryakan, who later assumed the Supply Chain Director post at Yıldız Holding, managed several major organizational projects during this process. He joined Hayat Consumer Group in 2013 as the Global Supply Chain Director. Mr. Demiryakan, who was appointed as the Iran Pars Retail Managing Director in 2015 and Vice President for Iran Operations in 2020, still heads the Global Supply Chain and Global Procurement units in addition to this duty.

TARIK DEMİRYAKAN

Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Purchasing, Global E-Commerce and Retail, Iran