Osman Okyay |
He received his BSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1988, then his MSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of New Hampshire, NH, USA, in 1990. He also attended Executive MBA program at the Koc University, in Istanbul in 1994.
In 1990, he started working for Digital Equipment Corp., Istanbul Office, as a Field Service Engineer, later promoted to Services Planning Manager. He joined Kale Group, in 1994, and worked as the Deputy General Manager of Kalekalip, then General Manager of Kalekalip. Today he holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Board, Kale Holding and President of Technical Division at Kale Group.
Osman took the initiative to diversify Kale Group into high-tech fields and international partnerships. Robotics & Automation, Industrial Energy Equipment, Software Simulation, Defense & Aerospace are to name a few.
Kale's partnerships with worlds leading companies such as General Electric, Pratt & Whitney also took place under Osman's leadership. Kale has become a direct supplier to worlds leading defense & aerospace companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Airbus, Northrop Grumman.
Osman serves as the Chairman of Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Canakkale province, the Chairman of Turkish-Dutch Business Council under DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board) of Turkey, the Chairman of Aerospace Cluster Association (HUKD) headquartered in Izmir, Member of the Coordination Council at the Union of Chambers of Turkey. He also served as the Chairman of Turkish side of the Turkey-U.S. Business Council's second session, formed under the Turkish Ministry of Economy. He is also a Board Member at Roketsan (Rocket & Missile Company of Turkey) and the member of the General Assembly of OYAK Holding. He serves on the Board of National Nano-Technology Initiative of Turkey. Osman lives in Istanbul with his wife Zeynep and his son Ibrahim.