Süleyman Sözen

Süleyman Sözen

Chairman

Süleyman Sözen is a graduate of Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences and has worked as a Chief Auditor at the Ministry of Finance and the Under secretariat of Treasury. Since 1981, he has held various positions in the private sector, mainly in financial institutions. Having served on the Board of Directors of Garanti Bank since 1997, Mr. Sözen was appointed as the Vice Chairman on July 8, 2003 and then as the Chairman on September 19, 2017. Mr. Sözen holds a Certified Public Accountant license and serves as the Chairman of Doğuş Bilgi İşlem ve Teknoloji Hizmetleri A.Ş. and İstinye Yönetim Hizmetleri ve Ticaret A.Ş. Vice Chairman of Doğuş Holding A.Ş. and Doğuş Sportif Faaliyetler A.Ş., Board Member of Gürel İlaç A.Ş., Görüş YMM A.Ş., Doğuş Croatia d.o.o and Board of Trustees in Teachers Academy Foundation. Mr. Sözen has 35 years of experience in banking and business administration.

Jorge Sáenz-Azcúnaga Carranza

Jorge Sáenz-Azcúnaga Carranza

Vice Chairman, Independent Board Member

Jorge Sáenz-Azcúnaga earned his BS in Business Administration from Universidad Deusto. He has developed his entire career in BBVA starting as Research Analyst. He then worked as Corporate Strategist, Head of CEO Office, Business Development (Commercial&Institutional Banking in Spain), Head of Strategy (Wholesale Banking&Asset Management), Head of Strategy and Planning (Spain&Portugal) and between years 2013 and 2015 as Regional Manager for the North of Spain. As of 2015, he served as the Head of Business Monitoring Spain, USA and Turkey. In July 2016 he was appointed Head of Country Monitoring and member of the Global Leadership Team in BBVA. Mr. SáenzAzcúnaga is member of the Board of Directors of BBVA Compass in the US, BBVA Bancomer in Mexico and Vice Chairman. He has been serving as the Board Member of Garanti Bank since March 24, 2016 and since his appointment as an Audit Committee member of T. Garanti Bankası A.Ş. on March 31, 2016, he is deemed as an Independent Board Member of Garanti Bank in accordance with the relevant regulations of the Capital Markets Board of Turkey. He was appointed as Vice Chairman on September 19,2017 and has 23 years of experience in banking and business administration.

Ergun Özen

Ergun Özen

Board Member

Ergun Özen earned his BA in Economics from New York State University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He started his banking carrier in Treasury department in 1987 before joining Garanti in 1992. Having served as the President & CEO at Garanti Bank between April 1, 2000- September 2, 2015, Mr. Özen is a Board Member of Garanti Bank since May 14, 2003. Mr. Özen is the Chairman of Boyner Holding A.Ş and Atom Bank. In addition, Mr. Özen serves as a Board Member of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) and since 2010 as the Board Member of the Trustees of Turkish Education Association. Mr. Özen has 30 years of experience in banking and business administration.

M. Cüneyt Sezgin Ph.D.

M. Cüneyt Sezgin Ph.D.

Board Member

M. Cüneyt Sezgin received his undergraduate degree from Middle East Technical University Department of Business Administration, his MBA from Western Michigan University and his Ph.D. from Istanbul University Faculty of Economics. He served in executive positions at several private banks and in 2001, Mr. Sezgin joined Garanti Bank. He is a Board Member and the Chairman of Corporate Assurance and Sustainability Committee at Garanti Bank. In addition, Mr. Sezgin is a Board Member and Audit Committee Chairman at Garanti Bank S.A. (Romania), Garanti Pension and Life and Garanti Securities. Also a Board of Trustees Member at Teachers Academy Foundation and World Wildlife Foundation Turkey, Mr. Sezgin has been serving as a Board Member of Garanti Bank since June 30, 2004 and has 29 years of experience in banking and business administration.

Note: Per our Bank's Board of Directors meeting’s resolution dated March 31, 2016, Muammer Cüneyt Sezgin was appointed as Responsible Member of the Board of Directors for Internal Systems to carry out the duties and responsibilities within the scope of internal systems, except the duties of ‘’Risk Management’’ which were transferred to the ‘’Risk Committee’’ and the functions based on the views, evaluations and relevant transactions of the Audit Committee.

Sema Yurdum

Sema Yurdum

Independent Board Member

Sema Yurdum graduated from Boğaziçi University, Faculty of Administrative Sciences in 1979 and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2000. After working in a private sector company bet ween 1979-1980 a s a human resources expert, she had her career in banking sector between 1980-2005. She worked as an Executive Vice President of Garanti Bank and held Audit Committee membership in various subsidiaries between 1992-2005. Ms. Yurdum has been engaged in senior consultancy services for companies since 2006. She has been serving as an Independent Board Member of Garanti Bank since April 30, 2013. Ms. Yurdum has 37 years of experience in banking and business administration.

Jaime Saenz De Tejada Pulido

Jaime Saenz De Tejada Pulido

Board Member

Jaime Saenz de Tejada Pulido holds undergraduate degrees from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE) in both Law & Economics and Business Sciences and completed Programa de Dirección General (PDG) at IESE Business School in 1999. Mr. Saenz de Tejada joined BBVA in 1992 and in 2000 he was appointed as the Director of Corporate and Investment Banking in America. Subsequently, he served as the Managing Director of BBVA Banco Continental in Peru until his return to Spain as Territorial Director at the end of 2007. In 2011 he was appointed as the Director of Business Development of Spain and Portugal and in May 2012, he became a member of the Executive Committee of the Group. After serving as the Director of Strategy & Finance in 2014, in May, 2015, Mr. Saenz de Tejada was appointed to his current role, the CFO at BBVA Group. He has been serving as the Board Member of Garanti Bank since October 2, 2014 and has 24 years of experience in banking and business administration.

Javier Bernal Dionis

Javier Bernal Dionis

Board Member

Javier Bernal earned his Law Degree from University of Barcelona, and his MBA from IESE Business School, University of Navarra. After working in Barna Consulting Group as Partner and in Promarsa as General Manager, he worked in BBVA between 1996-1999 as the Segment Manager of Retail Banking (Spain). During 2000-2003, he founded and managed an internet business. Since 2004, he has been working in different areas at BBVA; 2004- 2006, as Head of Innovation and Business Development, reporting to the CEO, 2006- 2010 as Head of Business Development Spain & Portugal, 2011-2014 as Head of Global Business Development, 2014-2015 as Head of Business Alignment of BBVA and Garanti. He has been a member of the BBVA Group Executive Committee between2007-2010 and Spanish and Portugal Executive Committee between 2010-2011. He was Chairman of BBVA Insurance Spain. He has been serving as a Board Member of Garanti Bank since July 27, 2015 and he is also a Board Member at Garanti Pension and Life, Garanti Bank S.A. (Romania), Garanti Leasing, Garanti Securities and Garanti Payment Systems. Since his appointment as an Audit Committee member of Garanti Bank on March 31, 2016, he is deemed as an Independent Board Member in accordance with the relevant regulations of the Capital Markets Board of Turkey. Mr. Bernal has 27 years of experience in banking and business administration and he is responsible of BBVA-Garanti coordination.

Ali Fuat Erbil

Ali Fuat Erbil

Board Member, President & CEO

Ali Fuat Erbil graduated from the Middle East Technical University Department of Computer Engineering, earned his MBA from Bilkent University and his PhD in Banking and Finance from Istanbul Technical University. After working as an executive at various private companies and banks, he joined Garanti Bank as the Senior Vice President of Distribution Channels in 1997. Mr. Erbil was appointed as the Executive Vice President on April 30, 1999 and was responsible of several areas such as Retail Banking, Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Financial Institutions and Human Resources as an EVP. Since September 2, 2015, Erbil has been serving as the Board Member, President & CEO. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Garanti Bank S.A. (Romania), Garanti Securities, Garanti Pension and Life, Garanti Factoring, Garanti Leasing, Garanti Payment Systems and Garanti Technology. Mr. Erbil also serves as the Board Member in the Banks Association of Turkey and has 25 years of experience in banking and business administration.

Rafael Salinas Martinez de Lecea

Rafael Salinas Martinez de Lecea

Board Member

Rafael Salinas Martínez De Lecea holds a B.S. degree in Economics and Business Management from Universidad de Alicante and graduate degrees from the Center for Monetary and Financial Studies of the Bank of Spain (CEMFI), MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics of London School of Economics and MBA from the Graduate School of Business of University of Chicago. He joined BBVA in 1991 as the Director of Derivative Products in BBVA Interactivos, S.V.B and developed all his professional career at the BBVA Group. Between 1998-2000, he worked as the Deputy Director of Assets and Liabilities of the BBVA Group. After working as the Head of Capital Base Management of BBVA, he was appointed as the CFO of Banco de Credito Local de Espana (BCL) in 2003. Between 2006-2015, he served as the Director of Risk & Portfolio Management of the Corporate and Investment Banking unit of BBVA and since 2015, he is the Global Chief Risk Officer of the BBVA Group. Mr. Salinas has been serving as a Board Member of Garanti Bank since May 8, 2017 and has 27 years of experience in banking and business administration.

Ricardo Gomez Barredo

Ricardo Gomez Barredo

Independent Board Member

Ricardo Gomez Barredo earned his B.S. degree in Economics and Business Management from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and graduate degree in Tax Consultancy from ICADE. He also completed PDA program in IESE Business School. After working in a global consultancy firm in Tax & Legal Department and in an industrial company as the Head of Tax Consultancy, he joined BBVA in 1994 as Director of Tax Advice Mortgage Banking. He has occupied several top management positions in BBVA, such as Tax Advice Private Banking, Director of Tax Advice Argentaria, Deputy Director of Tax Consulting, Head of Financial Analysis and Planning, Head of Financial Planning and Management Control and the Head of Global Accounting & Information Management. In 2016, he was appointed to his current role as Head of Accounting & Supervisors. Mr. Barredo is a Board Member of Garanti Bank and has 25 years of experience in banking and business administration. He has been serving as the Board Member of Garanti Bank since May 8, 2017 and since his appointment as an Audit Committee member of T. Garanti Bankası A.Ş. on March 29, 2018, he is deemed as an Independent Board Member of Garanti Bank in accordance with the relevant regulations of the Capital Markets Board of Turkey.

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