CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Ahmet ÇALIK was born in 1958 in Malatya. He started his business life in 1981 with operations in the textile sector. ÇALIK made the first large-scale industrial investment in Eastern Anatolia with the denim factory he built in Malatya while also launching his first investments abroad in Central Asia in line with his international operational and investment targets over the same period. From 1992, he started to project abroad the business experiences he built up in Turkey with investments in energy, construction, mining, textile, finance and telecom sectors across the geographies where Çalık Group Operates, which culminated in the establishment of Çalık Holding in 1997 to bring together all Group companies under a single roof. One of the biggest Turkish investors in Albania and Kosovo, ÇALIK has received the Turkmenistan Order of the State and Turkmenistan Mahdum Gui Award in 1997, Republic of Turkey State Medal of Distinguished Service and Turkmenistan Gayrat Medal in 1999, Turkmenistan Golden Age Order in 2001, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Turkey State Medal of Distinguished Service in June 2002, Grand National Assembly of Turkey State Distinguished Service Prize in 2006, and the “Turkey in Europe – Franco Nobili” Award in 2010. Appointed as Honorary Consul to Bursa by the Republic Kazakhstan in 2012, Ahmet ÇALIK was given the ‘Ellis Island Medal of Honor’ by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) and conferred upon honorary doctorates by Matsumoto Dental University, Japan and University of Tirana, Albania in 2014. Given by the Kindai University with another honorary doctorate in 2016, Ahmet ÇALIK currently serves as Board Chairman at Çalık Holding and Group Companies.
Graduated from Bogaziçi University, Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1997, Onur Yücekal received his MBA degree from Emory University in 2001. Embarking on his career at Bank Ekspres as Treasury Analyst in 1997, Yücekal joined General Electric in the United States in 2001 and served as the Financial Planning & Reporting Analyst at GE Energy. Following his role as Senior Audit Manager at GE Corporate between 2003 and 2006, Yücekal took office at GE Money in 2006 and performed his tasks respectively as; CFO of GE/Garanti Bank JV in Istanbul, Garanti/GE Romania JV CFO and Board Member in 2009, and Bank BPH CFO in Poland in 2010. As of 2012 Yücekal, fulfilled his duties as CFO and a Board Member of GE Turkey and simultaneously undertook the leadership role as CFO of Middle-Eastern Region of GE Güç Sistemleri between 2014 and 2018. Between 2018 and 2019, Yücekal served as the Chief Financial Officer of Çalık Holding, in April 2019, he was appointed General Manager of Çalık Energy.
ASSOC. PROF. DR. OSMAN SAİM DİNÇ
Born in Nevşehir in 1955, O. Saim DİNÇ, earned a degree in Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Istanbul Technical University in 1978, and went on to assume the title of assistant professor in 1988. He went to the RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), New York, USA in 1988 for academic studies, and worked for GE Corporate Research and Development Center at the same time. Having worked for General Electric in NY, USA for 15 years, Mr. DİNÇ has taken office for several positions, and run many projects in power plants, gas turbines, wind turbines, technology of aircraft engines, and product development. He assumed the title of associate professor in 1992. He was appointed as the Chairman of TPAO (Turkish Petroleum Corporation) on May 20, 2003. Having held office for 4 years, he gained a wide range of experience in oil and gas industry, and completed scores of major projects on a high note during his tenure. Having joined Çalık Enerji on 16 April 2007, O. Saim DİNÇ holds the title of Deputy Chairman of the Board. He has more than 60 patents and over 40 articles published by international conferences and scientific journals. He is also an award-winning executive in many lines of business.
Being graduated from Chemical Engineering Program at the Middle East Technical University, Orhan Geniş have received his master’s degree from the leadership studies at the UK’s University of Exeter. Orhan Geniş has started his career in 1976 as a process engineer at TÜPRAŞ and then been transferred to UOP, a refinery and petrochemical production company in England, in 1990. He worked at petrochemical and refinery optimization departments, served as refinery technologies manager, engineer and consultancy group director between 1993 and 2002 at UOP which has been then acquired by Honeywell. He became the Product Group General Manager of UOP in Europe, Middle East, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Africa in 2002. He continued to hold office as the General Manager in Switzerland between 2008 and 2010 due to reorganization of the company. After working at various positions for 20 years at Honeywell Intl Inc., Orhan Geniş managed Honeywell’s business activities as the President of Turkey and Central Asian Fastest Growing Strategic Countries in the region between 2010 and 2018, before he retired in September 2018. Orhan Geniş created multiple publications internationally and he is one of the contributing authors of the “Petroleum Refining Process” technology book published by Mc Graw Hill. In 2013, he has been granted the Assoc. Prof. Dr. Süha Atamer Award, which is given by METU Chemical Engineering Academic Board to recognize the leaders with outstanding achievements in the industry. He joined Çalık Group as a Board Member of Çalık Enerji as of April 2019. .
Born in 1977, Izmir-Tire, Mustafa Aksoy has BSc degree in Public Administration at Dokuz Eylül University. Having worked at Egebank and Garanti Bank as auditor, Mr. Aksoy completed his MBA in Belgium's Antwerp University. He joined Çalık Group in 2004, served in various positions in the fields of marketing, corporate finance, M&A and business development. Serving as the General Manager of Lidya Madencilik since July 2010, Mr. Aksoy holds board member positions both with Lidya and our JV mining companies with foreign partners. In addition he joined Çalık Enerji Board as of April 2019. Besides English, he also has a good command of German, French and Italian.