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Board of Directors

Muharrem KARSLI - Chairman of the Board 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 present called as Is Investment and Securities Co.) 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. During his presidency, he established IMKB Settlement and Custody Centre (Still TAKASBANK A.Ş.). He subsequently established his own brokerage firm, which he transferred 10 years later in 2001. On 03 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 1,5 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 2,5 years and on the NATO Parliamentary Assembly for 2,5 years. Mr. Karslı has been serving as the Chairman of the Board 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.

Yusuf DAĞCAN - Vice President of the Executive Board

He graduated from Eskişehir Academy of Economics and Commercial Sciences. In 1977, he started his career as Assistant Inspector at T. Vakıflar Bank. He served as Inspector in the same institution in 1981, Kırşehir in 1982-1984, Kayseri in 1984-1992, Konya in 1992-1997, Meşrutiyet / Ankara in 1997-1999 and Başkent / Ankara Branch Manager in 2001-2003. He served as Audit Board Member of Türkiye Halk Bankası A.Ş, President of the Board at Halk Finansal Kiralama A.Ş, Board Member in Birlik Hayat Sigorta A.Ş. and Halk Bank A.D., also Board Member in TAIB Yatırım Bank A.Ş., Vice President of the Executive Board in Arap Türk Bankası A.Ş., President of Executive Board in Ziraat Leasing, Arab Turkish Bank Inc. Vice Chairman of the Board of Agriculture Leasing, Vice President of the Executive Board in Azerbaycan A.S.C and Board Member in Bosna Ziraat Bank BH. Yusuf DAĞCAN who has been serving as Vice President of the Executive Board in T. C. Ziraat Bankası A.Ş. since 18.04.2012 also acts as Credit Committee Member of Ziraat Bank and Vice President of the Executive Board in Ziraat Katılım Bankası A.Ş.

Hüseyin AYDIN - CEO and the 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 CEO on 15 July 2011, Mr. Aydın also serves as the Chairman of the Banks Association of Turkey

Cemalettin BAŞLI - Member of the Board

Cemalettin BAŞLI 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. 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.

Feyzi ÇUTUR - 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. Starting to serve as a Member of the Board of Directors since April 2012, Mr. Çutur is continuing his duties as a Substitute Member of Credit Committee as well in addition to his memberships on the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee of our Bank.

Yusuf BİLMEZ - Member of the Board

He graduated from Hacettepe University, Department of Business Administration in 1979. In 25.07.1983, he started to work as an Assistant Inspector in our bank. He worked as an Inspector until 1989, as Deputy Personnel Manager between 1989-1992, as Branch Manager between 1992-2003, as Executive Vice President between 2003-2005, as Chairman of Inspection Board between 2005-2007, as Group President of Internal Audit between 2007 – 2010, as Executive Vice President at Ziraat Teknoloji between 2010 -2013 and had served as a Consultant from May, 2013 to 12.06.2017. He was appointed as Board Member of our Bank in 12.06.2017. Besides the above-mentioned tasks he respectively served as Vice President of Executive Board and Board Member in Azer Turk Bank, Turkmen Turkish JSC Bank JSC, Kazakhstan KZI Bank, Ziraat Teknoloji A.Ş. which are our Bank’s Affiliates.

Metin ÖZDEMİR - 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 served as a Member of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipal Council in 2004-2014. Elected as a Member of the Board in the Ordinary General Assembly held on 18 April 2012, Mr. Özdemir is also a Member of the Bank’s Remuneration Committee and an alternate Member of the Credit Committee.

Mustafa ÇETİN - Member of the Board

Mustafa Çetin graduated from Ankara University (Faculty of Law) in 1974. He served as a District 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.

Salim ALKAN - 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 ZiraatBank BH d d. Mr. Alkan is also a Member of the Bank’s Credit Committee.

​​​​Davut KARATAŞ – Member of the Audit Board

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 Audit Board since March 2013.

​​​​Deniz YILMAZ – Member of the Audit Board

He has been graduated from Ankara University (Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Public Administration) in 2001. Mr. Yılmaz, who was the Treasury Controller at the Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Treasury from 2002 to 2007, Internal Auditor of the Undersecretariat of Treasury from 2008 to 2014, Member of the Board of Directors of the Vakıf GYO from 2015 to 2016, has been doing his task as the Head of Department of Directorate General of State Owned Enterprises since 2015. Mr. Yılmaz, who received his Master's Degree in Economics at North Carolina State University in the USA from 2010 to 2012 and who has been still working on his doctorate studies on the field of Finance, has been working as the Member of the Audit Board since April 2016.