Mehmet Ali Berkman | MEMBER

Mehmet Ali Berkman is the Board Member and the Advisor to the Executive Board at Akkök Sanayi Yatırım ve Geliştirme A.Ş. Mr. Berkman also serves as Chairman of the Board at Aksa Akrilik Kimya San. A.Ş, Akenerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş, Akiş REIT, Aktek Bilgi İletişim Teknoloji San. Tic. A.Ş. and as Board Member at other Group companies.

He has retired from Koc Group as of 31st December 2003, after 32 years service at high level manegerial duties due to Group's retirement policy. Prior to his retirement he was the President of Strategic Planning, Human Resources and Industrial Relations Divisions of Koc Group from September 2000 until the end of 2003. Before September 2000 he was the General Manager and Board member of Arcelik, the flagship of the group, since the beginning of 1994. He was the General Manager of Doktaş one of the largest foundaries of Europe serving automotive industry from the beginning of 1987 until the end of 1993. He was also the General Manager of Uniroyal Turkey between 1985 to 1987. Before 1987 he worked for Mako in different functions for ten years being the General Manager of the company in the last three years. He started his career in Koc Group in July 1972 as a programmer and systems analyst in Koc Burroughs and transferred to Mako in the beginning of 1975.

Mr. Berkman is a graduate of Middle East Technical University with a BS in Industrial Management. He obtained a scholarship from Turkish Education Foundation to contiue his studies in the USA after graduation. He received MBA degree from Syracuse University in 1972.

He is a member of various social and business associations and foundations such as EFQM, TUSIAD, DEİK, Kalder, Turmepa, White Goods Manufacturers Association and Propeller Club of Port of Istanbul. He is also member of the Board of Trustees of the Turkish Education Foundation and İstanbul High School. He also served as the President of Levent Rotary Club of İstanbul.

The National Productivity Center elected Mr. Berkman as the Best Employer of the year in 1992. In 1997, he received the Best Manager Award in Turkey's top 50 Managers contest. Dunya Newspaper, NTV Television, and Economist Magazine have also elected Mr. Berkman as the Best Professional Manager of 1997, 1998 and 2008 . He is awarded with a Superior Services Award from Middle East Technical University in 1998 and Ege University in 1999. In 2008 Dunya Newspaper elected him as the Best Professional Manager of the year.

He was born in October 31,1943, married with one son and daughter.