Filiz Yavuz Diren | MEMBER

Filiz Yavuz Diren, the first female Managing Director of Philip Morris / Sabancı, is among the top female executives of Philip Morris International in the world. By leading the transformation of the global business model along with the digital business model which she set up in Turkey, she ensured the efficiency and effectiveness of the commercial operations which as a result has enabled the digitization of 150 thousand grocers. Diren sees building business partnerships with Start-ups as one of her priorities, thus she coordinated various projects to support the start-up ecosystem in Turkey. She has worked on the research and development of exportable agricultural products to support agricultural development and digitization in agriculture.

Diren, whose career spans over 20 years at Philip Morris / Sabancı; has worked across Sales, Strategic Planning, Corporate Affairs and Finance Departments. Diren, who is a graduate of the Istanbul Technical University with a degree in Industrial Engineering, also holds an MBA degree from the University of Hartford / USA.

Undertaking active roles in non-governmental organizations; Diren is on the boards of TAIK and the Tobacco Manufacturers' Association, she is part of the Advisory Board of the Catalyst European Region that supports women and diversity in business life and she is also playing an active role in Turkey's leading business associations.