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Gökhan ERÜNExecutive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 

Gökhan Erün earned his undergraduate degree from İstanbul Technical University Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering and his graduate degree from Yeditepe University in Business Administration. Erün began his career at Garanti Bank Treasury Department in 1994. Between 1999 and 2004, he served as the Senior Vice President of Commercial Marketing and Sales Department. After becoming the CEO of Garanti Pension and Life in 2004, he was appointed as Executive Vice President of Garanti Bank in September 2005. Erün served as the Deputy CEO of Garanti Bank since September 2015, in charge of Corporate Banking Coordination, Treasury, Treasury Marketing and Financial Solutions, Derivatives, Cash Management and Transaction Banking, and Financial Institutions. He also held positions in the Boards of various Garanti Bank subsidiaries. As of January 2018, Erün has continued his career in Yapı Kredi as Executive Director in Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In addition, Erün is the CEO of Koç Financial Services and holds positions in the Boards of various Yapı Kredi Group subsidiaries and Koç Tüketici Finansmanı A.Ş. Also as of April 2021, Erün became the President of Koç Holding’s Banking Group.

Hakan ALPAssistant General Manager - Human Resources, Organization and Internal Services 

After graduating from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of International Relations, Hakan Alp started his professional career in 1991 at Garanti Bank’s Audit Department and then served as Training Manager at the same bank between 1997 and 1999. Alp has worked for Humanitas Doğuş Human Resources Management as Assistant General Manager in charge of Training, Executive Development, Finance and Administration, Operation between 2000 and 2003. Alp served as Assistant General Manager of Human Resources Management at Tansaş Retail Chain between 2003 - 2005, and then he became Assistant General Manager of Human Resources Management at Sütaş in 2006. Alp started to work as Human Resources Executive Vice President at QNB Finansbank in 2007 and was assigned as Assistant General Manager of Human Resources in 2010 and worked there until 2018. As of September 2018, Alp works at Yapı Kredi as Assistant General Manager of Human Resources and Organization.

Yakup DOĞANAssistant General Manager - Alternative Delivery Channels 

After graduating from the Faculty of Business Administration at Çukurova University, Yakup Doğan started his career at İşbank as an Assistant Specialist in 1992. Between 1996 and 2001, he worked at Ottoman Bank in Senior Management positions responsible for the development of Retail Banking, Credit Cards and Alternative Delivery Channels. In 2001, Doğan joined Koçbank as Alternative Delivery Channels Manager. With the merger of Yapı Kredi and Koçbank in 2006, Doğan held the position of Alternative Delivery Channels Executive Vice President in Yapı Kredi. Doğan has been Assistant General Manager in charge of Alternative Delivery Channels at Yapı Kredi since May 2009.

Cahit ERDOĞANAssistant General Manager - Information Technologies and Operations Management (COO) 

Following graduation from Istanbul Technical University / Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Cahit Erdoğan completed his MBA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Erdoğan started his professional career at Xerox Corporation (Rochester, NY) as a Business Analyst. In 2000, Erdoğan started his Management Consultancy career by joining Accenture Turkey. Until 2019, he worked in Accenture as Consultant, Manager and Senior Manager and in February 2008, he was appointed as Turkey Country Lead of the Management Consulting. Erdoğan joined Yapı Kredi in 2009 as Chief Information Officer (CIO). Since July 2013, he assumed the position of Assistant General Manager in charge of Information Technologies and Operations at the Bank and as of May 2020, he is the Chief Operations Officer (COO), responsible of Information Technologies and Operations. Mr. Erdoğan is also a member of the Executive Committee in Yapı Kredi since July 2013, the Chairman of the Board of Directors in Yapı Kredi Technology A.Ş. since May 2015 and member of Executive Committee in Yapı Kredi Investment & Securities A.Ş. since March 2020.

Abdullah GEÇERAssistant General Manager - Internal Audit 

After graduating from the Department of Economics at Middle East Technical University in 1996, Abdullah Geçer began his professional career at the Undersecretariat of Treasury as an Assistant Sworn Bank Auditor. Having served in this position between 1996 and 2000, Abdullah Geçer assumed Sworn Bank Auditor and Senior Sworn Bank Auditor positions in Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency of Turkey between 2000 – 2007, and completed the MBA in Finance program at University of Nottingham in 2006. Serving as a coordinator in Koç Holding Audit Group in 2007 – 2020, Abdullah Geçer was appointed as the Assistant General Manager for Internal Audit in Yapı Kredi on 20 April 2020.

Demir KARAASLANAssistant General Manager - Financial Planning and Administration (CFO) 

Mr Karaaslan graduated from Marmara University, Business Administration department in 1999. Between September 1999 and December 2004, he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he joined as an Assistant Auditor and promoted to Audit Manager. He continued his career at Koçbank between 2005 and 2006 as Head of Budget & Planning. In 2006, following the merger of Koçbank and Yapı Kredi Bank, he was appointed as Vice President responsible from Planning & Control. He has been the Head of Planning & Control since 2010 and promoted as Executive Vice President in 2011. Starting from January 2016, he was appointed as Assistant General Manager in charge of Retail Credits. Currently, he continues to serve as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) starting from March 2020. Mr Karaaslan also assumes the positions of member of Board in several subsidiaries of Yapı Kredi Bank. Karaaslan was also a board member of Credit Bureau and a member of The Banks Association of Turkey Risk Center.

Mehmet Erkan ÖZDEMİRAssistant General Manager - Compliance, Internal Control and Risk Management 

After graduating from Middle East Technical University, Department of Economics in 1989, Mehmet Erkan Özdemir worked as a Sworn-in Bank Auditor on the Sworn-in Bank Audit Board of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency between April 1994 and August 2001. He joined Koç Holding in August 2002 as Audit Coordinator in the Koçbank Audit Group, responsible for the financial companies of the Group. Özdemir was assigned as Compliance Officer and Assistant General Manager in charge of the Compliance Office in April 2008. Özdemir has been served as Assistant General Manager in charge of Compliance and Internal Control since October 2013. Mr. Özdemir became also responsible for Risk Management for the Bank as of October 2020 and has serving as Assistant General Manager in charge of Compliance, Internal Control and Risk Management.

Cemal Aybars SANALAssistant General Manager – Legal Affairs 

After graduating from Istanbul University Faculty of Law, Cemal Aybars Sanal began his career in 1986 at Sanal&Sanal Law Firm as Partner. Between 1992 and 1995, he worked at Shell Company of Turkey Limited as an Attorney, between 1995 and 1998 at White&Case Law Firm as an Attorney, between 1998 and 1999 at Shell Company of Turkey Limited as Chief Legal Counsel and a Member of the Board of Directors, between 1999 and 2006 at Boyner Holding as Chief Legal Counsel and Vice President. After working as a freelance attorney between 2006 and 2007, Sanal worked at ELIG Law Firm as Senior Consultant from 2007 to 2008. Sanal has been Assistant General Manager in charge of Legal Affairs at Yapı Kredi since July 2008.

Serkan ÜLGENAssistant General Manager - Retail Banking 

Serkan Ülgen received his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara in 1998. Following his graduation, he started his professional career at BENKAR Consumer Financing and Credit Card Services within Boyner Group. In 2001, he joined Yapı Kredi Bank and since then, held different positions in Retail Banking and Card Payment Systems at Yapı Kredi. In this time period he got his MBA degree from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul in 2005.

Serkan Ülgen, has been working as Yapı Kredi's Assistant General Manager responsible for Retail Banking and a member of the Executive Committee since January 1, 2018. Ülgen is also a Member of the Board of Yapı Kredi Bank Azerbaijan.

In addition to his responsibilities in the Bank, Ülgen is also a board member of Interbank Card Center (BKM), Allianz Life and Pension, Tanı Marketing and Communication Services, Yapı Kredi Pension Fund Foundation and UK-based 441 Trust Company companies. Also, Ülgen has been serving as the Head of the Supreme Council of Turkey within Visa Turkey and continuing his duty as the Advisory Board Member within MasterCard Europe.

Saruhan YÜCELAssistant General Manager – Treasury and Financial Institutions 

Saruhan Yücel earned his undergraduate degree from Istanbul University Department of Business Administration and his graduate degree from University of Illinois in Business Administration. Yücel started his career at Koçbank in fund Management Department in 2000. Following his role as Securities Portfolio Manager, between 2002 and 2003, in Yapı Kredi Portfolio in Investment Funds Management Fixed Income department, between 2003 and 2018, he worked as FX and Money Markets Senior Dealer, FX Markets Vice President, Fixed Income Securities Vice President and Balance Sheet Management and Fixed Income Securities Executive Vice President in Yapı Kredi Bank. Following June 2018, he continued his career as Treasury Management Assistant General Manager. He is also Member of the Executive Committee at Yapı Kredi Bank.

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