Kaan GürBoard Member and CEO
Kaan Gür has an extensive experience in the banking industry, beginning his career at Garanti Bank. Prior to serving as the Director in charge of SME Marketing Coordination, he assumed the roles of branch and regional manager in Corporate, Commercial and SME Banking at Garanti Bank. Gür joined Akbank as Executive Vice President in charge of SME Banking in 2011. He served as Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking in Akbank and held the positions of Chairman of Aklease and Vice Chairman of Ak Investment between 2011 and 2017, which are both Akbank subsidiaries. Kaan Gür was appointed CEO & Member of the Board of Alternatif Bank and Vice Chairman of Alternatif Menkul in October 2017. He also serves as Board Member of Alternatif Lease since March 2018.
Ebru Taşcı FiruzbayExecutive Vice President, Human Resources
Ebru Taşcı Firuzbay graduated from Yıldız Technical University, Department of Mathematics Engineering. She worked in various positions at Garanti Bank SME Banking Department between 1998-2005, in managerial positions at TEB SME Banking Department between 2005-2011, Human Resources, as Corporate Relations Executive Vice President at BNP Paribas Cardif between 2011-2014, and as Human Resources, Organization and Innovation Executive Vice President at the same bank between 2014-2018. As of 11 June 2018, Mrs. Ebru Taşcı Firuzbay was appointed Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Alternatif Bank.
Esra BeyzadeoğluExecutive Vice President, Information Technologies & Digital Banking and Operations
Executive Vice President, Information Technologies, Digital Banking and Operations Esra Beyzadeoğlu graduated from Galatasaray University, Department of Industrial Engineering, and earned her Master’s degree from Sabancı University, Executive MBA. She served as Project Executive and Analyst at Osmanlı Bank between 2000-2002, Senior System Analyst at Ziraat Technology between 2002-2005, Management and Technology Consultant and Manager at Accenture Consultancy between 2005-2011, and Information Technologies Project Management Department Head at Akbank between 2011-2018. She served as Executive Vice President of Information Technologies & Digital Banking between 20 February 2018 – 11 April 2019. As of 11 April 2019, Ms. Beyzadeoğlu was appointed Executive Vice President of Information Technologies, Digital Banking & Operations at Alternatif Bank.
Gökhan SongülExecutive Vice President, Credit Allocation
Gökhan Songül graduated from İstanbul University, Department of Business Administration, and earned his Master’s degree from Marmara University, International Economics and his PhD in Banking and Finance from Kadir Has University. He served as Sector Credit Portfolio Manager at Garanti Bank A.Ş. between 2004-2007, Senior Corporate Credit Underwriting Manager at ABN Amro Bank Turkey between 2007-2009, and Chief Credit Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Board Member at The Royal Bank of Scotland Turkey between 2009-2014. As of 1 January 2015, Mr. Songül was appointed Executive Vice President of Credit Allocation at Alternatif Bank. He also serves as Board Member of Alternatif Menkul since March 2018.
Kerim MutluayExecutive Vice President, Restructuring & Legal Follow-Up
Kerim Mutluay graduated from Hacettepe University, Department of Public Administration, and earned his Master’s degree in Political Science from the same university. He served as Financial Analysis MT at Yaşar Bank between 1998-2000, Financial Analysis Specialist at Tekstilbank between 2000-2001, Commercial Marketing Sales Assistant Manager at Oyak Bank between 2003-2006, and in various positions at ING Bank between 2006-2014. He joined Alternatif Bank in 2014 as Group Manager at Restructuring & Legal Follow-up. As of 1 January 2015, Mr. Mutluay was appointed Executive Vice President of Restructuring & Legal Follow-up. He also serves as Board Member of Alternatif Lease since August 2018.
Levent GüvenExecutive Vice President, Treasury
Levent Güven graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Business Administration. He served as Treasury Dealer at Turkish Bank between 1996-1997, Treasury Dealer at Ulusal Bank between 1997-1998, Chief Dealer at Ottoman Bank between 1998-2001, and as Treasury Dealer and Director at TEB between 2002-2017. He joined Alternatif Bank in January 2017 as Group Manager at Treasury. As of 8 February 2017, Mr. Güven was appointed Executive Vice President of Treasury. He also serves as Board Member of Alternatif Menkul since March 2017.
Ömer Faruk GönenerHead of Internal Audit, Internal Audit
Ömer Faruk Gönener graduated from Istanbul University, Department of International Relations and earned an associate degree from Anadolu University, Department of Justice. He served as Auditor, Senior Auditor and Chief Auditor at Akbank between 2003-2015, and as Sabancı Center Management Director at Sabancı Holding between 2015-2018. He joined Alternatifbank in June 2018 as Suppliers and Cost Management Department Manager. As of 2 November 2018, Mr. Gönener was appointed Head of Internal Audit.
Önder ÖzcanExecutive Vice President, Financial Affairs and Planning
Önder Özcan graduated from Middle East Technical University, Business Administration. He worked as MT at Alternatif Bank Financial Control and Treasury Risk Control Departments between 1998-2004, later served in various managerial positions at Denizbank Budget and Financial Planning Group between 2004-2014, as Executive Vice President at the same group between 2014-2018 and as Board Member at Deniz Leasing and Intertech between 2017-2018. He joined Alternatif Bank in February 2018 as Group Manager at Financial Affairs and Planning Group. As of 6 March 2018, Mr. Özcan was appointed Executive Vice President of Financial Affairs and Planning. He also serves as Board Member of Alternatif Yatırım since March 2018 and as Consumer Relations Coordination Officer of our Bank since July 2019.
Şakir SömekExecutive Vice President, Financial Institutions
Şakir Sömek graduated from University of Wisconsin, Department of Business Administration, and earned his Master’s degree in Economics from American University. Mr. Sömek served as Account Officer at Turkish Bank between 1988-1989, Credit and Marketing Officer at Industry Bank of Cyprus between 1989-1991, and in various positions at Körfezbank between 1995-1998. He joined Alternatif Bank in September 1998 and worked as International Finance Institutions Manager until 2008. As of 14 March 2008, Mr. Sömek was appointed Executive Vice President of Financial Institutions.
Yeşim ŞimşekExecutive Vice President, Corporate Banking
Yeşim Şimşek graduated from Ankara University, Department of Radio Television and worked in various positions at Yapı Kredi between 1986-1989, as Marketing Manager and Branch Manager at Bank Ekspres between 1995-1999, Branch Manager at Osmanlı Bank between 1999-2001, Branch Manager, Region Manager and Commercial Banking Marketing Coordinator at Garanti Bank between 2001-2013, and as Region Manager at Garanti Bank between 2004-2018. As of 20 August 2018, Mrs. Yeşim Şimşek was appointed Executive Vice President of Corporate Banking. She also serves as Board Member of Alternatif Lease since October 2018.