Chairman, Turkish Airlines
Center Stage | Monday, July 17, 2017
Born in Istanbul in 1971, M. İlker Aycı graduated from Bilkent University’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration in 1994 and went to the UK to work as a researcher at Leeds University’s Department of Political Science in 1995. In 1997, he graduated from the International Relations Master’s program (English) in Marmara University.
Starting his career in 1994, Mr. Aycı held a variety of roles at Kurtsan İlaçları A.Ş., Istanbul Municipal Authority and Universal Dış Ticaret A.Ş. He was also assigned as the General Manager of Başak Sigorta A.Ş. between 2005 – 2006, the General Manager of Güneş Sigorta A.Ş between 2006-2011 and the President of The Investment, Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey between 2011-2015 and he was the Vice President and President of the World Association of Investment Agencies between 2013 -2015. He has been performing the duty of the Turkish Airlines Inc. Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee since April 2015.
Besides, Mr. Aycı holds numerous positions at the following organizations such as the Insurance and Re-insurance Association of Turkey, the Turkish-Chinese Business Council in Foreign Economic Relations Board, Vakıf Emeklilik A.Ş, Güneş Sigorta Sports Club (2008 European Challenge Cup champions) and the Turkish Airlines Sports Club. Mr. Aycı speaks English and Russian.