PRESIDENT - FOOD & BEVERAGE GROUP
Babur Celebi is the president of Food and Beverage Group in Esas Holding and serves on the firm’s operating team. Prior to joining Esas Holding in 2010, Mr. Celebi was the CEO of Dogan Online. Mr. Celebi worked for Unilever Group between 1984 and 2001 in the USA. Between 2001 and 2003, Mr. Celebi was a Board Member and General Manager of the Marketing Division in Evyap. He was also a Executive Vice President of Consumer Products and General Manager of Marketing Division in Ulker from 2003 and 2008.
Mr. Celebi earned both his B.A. and masters degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University. He also completed the Senior Executive MBA program at Columbia University.
Mr. Celebi serves on the boards of Esasli Gıda, Peyman and Bonservis.
DIRECTOR - INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT
Ipek Mutlu, based in London, is the Director of International Investments and serves on the firm’s investment committee.
Prior to joining Esas in 2017, Ms. Mutlu worked for Virgin Management, Richard Branson’s family office for 4 years. Previously, she was part of Blackstone’s Private Equity team in London. Before that, she worked for FTV Capital, a growth equity fund in New York. She started her career as a Business Analyst at the Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice in Mckinsey & Company’s New York office.
Ms. Mutlu earned her MBA degree from Harvard Business School and BA degree in Economics and Spanish from Harvard University.
Sami Vodina has been the auditor of Esas Holding since 2005. Mr. Vodina
started his career in 1971 and held various positions at Netas and Bimsa.
Prior to joining Esas, he served in Aksigorta as Executive Vice President
between 1985 and 2005.
Mr. Vodina graduated from Istanbul University with a degree in Economics.
He is also a certified public accountant.
Sami Vodina serves on the boards of Esasli Gida, Bonservis, Peyman,
Medline Healthcare Group and Esas Properties.
DIRECTOR - FINANCE
Benan Cetin is the Director of Finance at Esas Holding and serves on the firm’s investment committee.
Prior to joining Esas in 2008. Mr. Cetin worked for Sabanci Bank PLC London, serving in various departments including Treasury and Foreign Trade for 6 years and Emirates Bank International London for 2 years. Prior to joining Esas, he was a Treasurer at Sabanci Foreign Trade Group between 2002 and 2008.
Mr. Cetin graduated from 9 Eylul University with a B.A. degree in Economics. He received his AMCT degree (Associated Member of Corporate Treasurers) in 2005.
Manager - Tax & Legal
Merve Aysan is a Manager at Esas Holding.
Prior to joining Esas in September 2017, Merve worked as a Senior International Tax Consultant at EY where she focused on cross-border tax issues, tax implications of various international holding structures for the companies (both local and multinational) that aimed to restructure their investments/operations.
Merve holds Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Dokuz Eylul University.
DIRECTOR – INVESTMENTS & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Cumhur Kuscuoglu is the Director of Investments & Business Development at Esas Holding and serves on the firm’s investment committee.
Prior to joining Esas in 2009, Mr. Kuscuoglu served in the Audit Department as a Manager in Arthur Andersen for 6 years. Between 2002 and 2007, he was a Director at Ernst & Young, supervising the M&A Advisory Services in Turkey and Southeast Europe. Prior to joining Esas, Mr. Kuscuoglu worked for Carlyle Group as the Director of MENA Buyout Fund.
Mr. Kuscuoglu earned his B.A. degree in Economics from Bogazici University.
Cumhur served on the BoD of Mars Cinema Group and currently sits on the BoDs of Mars Athletic, Ayakkabi Dunyasi, UN Ro-Ro and Bonservis.
DIRECTOR – OPERATIONS
Gurkan Ergenekon is the Director of Operations at Esas Holding and a
member of firm’s operating team since 2015. Mr. Ergenekon started his
career in Alcatel in Turkey and Belgium. Then, he held various positions in
KocSistem and CPG Ericsson between 1995 and 2002. Mr. Ergenekon also
worked as Executive Vice President at IsNet and Sabanci Telecom for 5
years. He worked at the Medline Healthcare Group, as an Executive Vice
President (between 2007-2010) and CEO (between 2010-2015).
Gurkan Ergenekon received his BSc. and M.S. degrees in Electronics &
Telecommunications Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.
Mr. Ergenekon serves on the board of Medline Healthcare Group.
DIRECTOR – TAX & LEGAL
Dinçer Aydemir is the Director of Tax & Legal at Esas Holding.
Prior to joining Esas in 2015, Mr. Aydemir was a partner at Mazars Turkey between 2009 and 2015. At Mazars, he focused on international tax issues, tax risk management, M&A projects, and advised various local and multinational companies. Between 1997 and 2009, he was a tax inspector at Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Turkey.
He received his BA degree in Political Sciences from Ankara University in 1996 and his MsBA degree in Financial Economics in 2008 from Boston University. Mr. Aydemir is a Sworn Financial Adviser and holds an Independent Auditor Certificate.
DIRECTOR – INVESTMENTS
Sahbey Teke is Director of Investments at Esas Holding.
He started his professional career at Esas as an Investment Analyst in 2007, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in Turkey, Europe and the US. Sahbey worked on several acquisitions and exits including Air Berlin, Air Lease Corp, Peyman, real estate portfolio in UK and US, Ayakkabi Dunyasi, Fuyao Glass, AFM and Mars Entertainment Group.
Sahbey received both his BS in Mechatronics and MBA degree from Sabanci University.
Sahbey served on Peyman and Mars Cinema operating team until exit and currently serves on Mars Athletic operating team.
Emrah Guney is a Senior Manager at Esas Holding . Prior to joining Esas in
2014, he worked for Corporate and Investment Banking Department at
TEB-BNP Paribas JV. He also worked for Fortis as head of telecom media
technology sector. During his banking experience, he focused on large
corporate client coverage and specialized on investment banking products,
including project & acquisition finance and syndications.
Emrah received his B.A. degree from Economics and Administrative
Science from Gazi University.
SENIOR ASSOCIATE – INVESTMENTS
Deniz Ünal is Senior Associate at Esas Holding.
Prior to joining Esas in 2017, Deniz worked for EY Transaction Advisory Services Team as an Analyst, where he focused on financial and commercial due diligence projects.
Deniz received his B.A. in Business Administration from Özyeğin University with a minor in Finance.
MANAGER – INVESTMENTS
Fehmi Duruay is a Manager at Esas Holding.
Prior to joining Esas in 2011 as an investment analyst, Fehmi worked for TSKB as a Financial Analyst, where he focused on project financing and mergers and acquisitions projects. Fehmi worked on the acquisitions of real estate portfolio in UK, US and Turkey, Ayakkabi Dunyasi and UN Ro-Ro.
Fehmi received his B.A. in Business Administration from Bogazici University and holds an M.S. in Finance degree from Koc University.
Fehmi serves on UN Ro-Ro and Ayakkabi Dunyasi operating teams.
H. ÇAĞATAY ÖZDOĞRU
Board Member & CEO
Cagatay Ozdogru is a board member and the CEO of Esas Holding and leads the firm’s investment committee.
Prior to joining Esas in 2005, Mr. Ozdogru was the President of IT & Telecommunications industry in Sabanci Holding between 2002 and 2005. Between 1997 and 2001, he held various positions at France Telecom Group where his last post was Executive Vice President of REEMEA region. He was also a member of Global Operating Committee of the Company.
Mr. Ozdogru graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a degree in Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering and received his MS degree in Telecommunications Engineering from George Washington University.
Çağatay served on the BoDs of Mars Cinema Group and Peyman until exit and currently serves on the BoDs of Pegasus Airlines, Mars Athletic, UN Ro-Ro, Korozo and Ayakkabi Dunyasi.
Board Member & CFO
İnan Tanriover is a board member and the CFO of Esas Holding and serves on the firm’s investment committee.
Prior to joining Esas in 2007, Mr. Tanriover worked for Ziraat Bank between 1977 and 2001 and was appointed to London twice between 1987 – 1992 and 1996 – 2001 as Senior Country Manager. He joined Sabanci Holding in 2001 as Finance Director at the International Trade Group in London. Mr. Tanriover also worked for Sekerbank as an Executive Board Member between 2006 and 2007.
Mr. Tanriover received his B.A. degree in Marketing from Ege University.
Inan Tanriover serves on the Board of Directors of Esas Properties, Bonservis and Ayakkabi Dünyasi.