2014 Annual Report
Ziraat Bank Board of Directors
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Chairman and Member of the Audit Committee

Muharrem Karslı graduated from İstanbul University (Faculty of Economics, Department of Business Administration and Finance) in 1959, where he later completed a master’s degree in money and banking. As he worked as an assistant inspector and inspector at İşbank from 1965 until 1974, he also pursued one-year research studies in banking in the UK and France. Based on his research studies, he introduced ATM devices to Turkey for the first time in 1972. In 1974, he set up the Securities Department at the same bank, a first in the Turkish banking industry, and continued to lead this process for 11 years until 1985. In 1985, he assumed the duty of establishing İstanbul Stock Exchange and served as its chairman for 5 years. He subsequently established his own brokerage firm, which he transferred 10 years later in 2001. On 3 November 2002, he was elected as a member of the Parliament representing İstanbul during the 22nd government of the republic. During his employment at İşbank, he served as a board member with Tofaş Türk Otomobil Fabrikaları A.Ş., the Bank’s subsidiary, for 5 years and for Dışbank A.Ş. (Fortis Bank) for 1 ½ years, and as a statutory auditor for T. Şişe ve Cam Fabrikaları A.Ş. and Takasbank. During his term of office as a member of Parliament, he served as a member on the Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission for 2½ years and on the NATO Parliamentary Assembly for 2½ years. Mr. Karslı has been serving as the Chairman of the Bank since May 2010. His published work includes a book entitled “Sermaye Piyasası Borsa Menkul Kıymetler” (Capital Markets, Stock Exchange and Securities), which is used as a textbook at universities.

Deputy Chairman

Yusuf Dağcan graduated from Eskişehir Academy of Economic and Commercial Sciences. He worked as an assistant inspector, inspector and branch manager at Vakıfbank from 1977 through 2001. He held a seat on the Board of Directors of TAIB Yatırım Bank A.Ş. from 5 September 2007 until 30 June 2008. After assuming responsibility as a member of the Audit Committee at Halkbank from 27 March 2003 until 18 April 2012, Mr. Dağcan was also the chairman of the Board of Directors of Halk Leasing, a Board member of Halk Banka A.D., Skopje operating in Macedonia, and Deputy Chairman of the Arab Turkish Bank. Serving as a member on our Bank’s Board of Directors since April 2012, Mr. Dağcan is also a member a of both the Bank’s Credit Committee and the supervisory board of the Ziraat Bank Bosnia d.d.

General Manager and Member of the Board

Hüseyin Aydın graduated from the Ankara Academy of Economics and Commercial Sciences (Faculty of Economics) in 1981. He began his career as an Assistant Inspector at Ziraat Bank and served as a director in various departments at Ziraat Bank until 27 March 2003. After working as an Executive Board member at Halkbank, as a Board member at Pamukbank and as Deputy Chairman at Ziraat Bank, Mr. Aydın worked as the General Manager and Board member at Halkbank between 31 May 2005 and 14 July 2011. Having joined Ziraat Bank as the General Manager on 15 July 2011, Mr. Aydın also serves as the Chairman of the Banks Association of Turkey.

Member of the Board

He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Business Administration Department in 1996. He got his MA at Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, and Business Administration Department in 2006. After passing the entrance exam, he was appointed as an Assistant Accountant in 1997 and after succeeding the proficiency exam he was appointed as an Account Expert in 2001. He had been a Vice-President of Provincial Treasury of Antalya between 29.07.2003 and 01.09.2005 and he had been the Group Director of Revenue Administration of Antalya Directorate of Tax Administration between 01.09.2005 and 15.03.2006 by proxy. He was appointed as the Chief Account Expert in 12.03.2008. He worked as a Group Leader in Revenue Administration, Application and Data Management Department between 28.07.2008 and 31.12.2010. He worked as the Head of The Department in Revenue Administration between 01.01.2011 and 31.12.2011. He worked as the Group Leader of Major Taxpayers in Tax Inspection Board of Istanbul between 01.01.2012 and 03.02.2014. He has been working as head of provincial treasury of İstanbul as of 03.02.2014. Mr. Özdemirci, who has been selected to be a Member of the Board of Directors of our bank since 2 April 2013, is also a member of Corporate Governance Committee.

Member of the Board
Audit Committee Member

Feyzi Çutur graduated from Gazi University (Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Banking) in 1983. After working as accounting and finance manager at various private sector companies from 1977 until 1990, he functioned as General Accounting Manager at Bayındır Menkul Değerler A.Ş. (1990-1998), as Finance and Operations Directors, Assistant General Manager, Acting General Manager and General Manager at Eti Yatırım A.Ş. (1998-2010). He served as the Fund Board member and Fund Board Chairman at Eti Yatırım and various Mutual Funds owned by Etibank, and held a seat on the Board of Directors of İktisat Yatırım A.Ş. in 2006. From July 2011 until March 2012, he was a Board member representing the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (SDIF) at Arab Turkish Bank and its subsidiary A&T Leasing. Being a member of the Bank’s Board of Directors since April 2012, Mr. Çutur is a member of the Bank’s Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee, and an alternate member of the Credit Committee.

Member of the Board

Metin Özdemir graduated from İstanbul University (Faculty of Business Administration) in 1990. He is currently pursuing his graduate studies in the Department of Economics at Marmara University, Institute of Middle East Studies. He started his career at Kuveyt-Türk Finans Kurumu A.Ş. in 1992, and from 1996, he carried on with his business life as an executive in the retail sector. Mr. Özdemir functioned as a member of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipal Council between 2004-2014. Being a member of the Bank’s Board of Directors since April 2012, Mr. Özdemir is also a member of the Bank’s Remuneration Committee and an alternate member of the Credit Committee.

Member of the Board

Mustafa Çetin graduated from Ankara University (Faculty of Law) in 1974. He served as a Governor and Mayor in the Hadim, Akçakale and Pasinler districts between 1979 and 1985. Then he went on to work as a Chief Civil Inspector, Vice Chairman of the Board of Inspectors, Minister’s Advisor and General Secretary at the Ministry of Internal Affairs between 1985 and 1996. He worked as the Governor of Gümüşhane between 1996 and 1999, as a Chairman of the Committee of Research, Planning and Coordination at the Ministry of Internal Affairs from 1999 to 2000, a Central Governor from 2000 to 2002, and Prime Ministry Deputy Undersecretary from 2002 to 2007. While he was serving as the Prime Ministry Deputy Undersecretary, he was a member of the General Assembly of the Press and Publication Agency and a member of the board of Anadolu Agency. He also served as a member of parliament representing the province of Uşak between 2007 and 2011. Mr. Mustafa Çetin has been serving as a member of the board of Ziraat Bank since July 2011.

Member of the Board

Cemalettin Başlı graduated from Hacettepe University Department of Business Administration in 1981. He got a start in business as Air Traffic Controller at General Directorate of State Airports Authority. Mr. Başlı who worked as Assistant to Financial analyst at Vakıfbank between 1984 - 1985, as Auditor and Credit Foreign Exchange Director at Garanti Bank between 1985 - 1991, as Branch Manager at Albaraka Türk Inc. between 1991 - 1998, as Credits and Central Branch Manager at Faisal / Family Finance Inc. between 1998 - 2002, as Deputy General Manager at Haliç Financial Leasing Inc. between 2004 - 2006, as Deputy General Manager at Ziraat Bank - Moscow between 2009 - 2012, as Member of the Board and General Manager at Kıbrıs Faisal İşlem Bank between 2012 - 2014 serves as a Member of the Board of our Bank since June 2014.

Member of the Board

Salim Alkan graduated from Ankara University (Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Business Administration). He worked as an inspector, branch and department manager and assistant general manager at various banks from 1971. After functioning as Vice President of the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (SDIF), Advisor to the Chairman of the SDIF, and general manager, board member and chairman of various banks taken over by the SDIF from 2005 to 2010, he held a seat on the Board of Directors of Halkbank from 24 May 2010 until 18 April 2012, as well as on the boards of Halk Real Estate Investment Trust, and Halk Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. Serving as a member of the Bank’s Board of Directors. He started to serve as member of the board in our bank, starting from April 2012, also he is Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board in Ziraat Bank BH d.d. Mr. Alkan is also a member of the Bank’s Credit Committee.

Audit Board Member

Davut Karataş graduated from İstanbul University Faculty of Political Science, Public Administration Department. Currently serving as the General Director for Laws and Resolutions at the Prime Ministry, Mr. Karataş has been a member of the Bank’s Board of Auditors since March 2013.

Audit Board Member

Gökhan Karasu graduated from İstanbul University (Faculty of Law). Currently functioning as a division head in the Directorate General of Insurance at the Turkish Treasury, Mr. Karasu has been serving as a member of the Bank’s Audit Board since September 2012.