Executive Management

Turkey Country Manager

Arzu Akyol Ekiz graduated from Istanbul University Department of Economics in 1993. After earning an MBA from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2003, Ekiz went on to serve in various executive positions such as Supply Chain Manager, Managing Partner, Project Coordinator, Commercial Director, Assistant General Manager of International Transportation and Global Forwarding General Manager.

Arzu Akyol Ekiz joined the Ekol family in September 2019 as the Turkey Country Manager.

Erdem Akılotu
Customs General Manager

Erdem Akılotu graduated the Department of Public Administration at Ankara University in 2001 and received his master’s degree in multi-national trade, e-commerce systems and technologies from Boston University in 2011. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Management and Organization at Marmara University.

He assumed critical roles throughout his career and served as a senior official in many private companies and government agencies, including the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Customs and Trade. After achieving a long and successful track record, particularly in customs and foreign trade, Akılotu has joined Ekol as the Customs General Manager in April 2019.

Gökhan Küçüktopuzlu
Innovation & Engineering General Manager

Gökhan Küçüktopuzlu received his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Mathematical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 1994. He commenced his professional career at Ekol in the same year and carried out several projects on information technology as Information Technology Manager. Küçüktopuzlu served as Assistant Chief Information Officer between 2007 and 2012. He served as Technology General Manager between 2014 and 2019. He was appointed as Innovation & Engineering in 2019.

Gülçin Poyraz
Human Resources General Manager

Gülçin Poyraz received her bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Hacettepe University, followed by a master’s degree in Econometrics from Gazi University. She began her career in 1984 and has taken up a variety of senior positions in human resources, operations, and IT at many companies. Poyraz joined Ekol in November 2016, and in August 2018, was appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer based on her extensive human resources experience.

Levent Demir
Procurement & Administration General Manager

Levent Demir received his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Business Administration and International Relations in 1986, and later his Master’s degree from the Department of Press and Public Relations, both at Marmara University. Between 1986 and 2012, he took on roles as managing partner and consultant in various information technology companies. He joined Ekol Logistics in 2012, and was appointed as Procurement, Administration & Investment General Manager in 2014.

M. Mehmet Özal
Global Forwarding General Manager

Mehmet Özal began his professional career in 1995 and after serving in senior positions in the private sector, joined Ekol in 2002. Özal has served, in order, as Trade Fairs & Events Logistics Director, Services Production Assistant General Manager, Fleet General Manager, and Sea & Air Freight General Manager. He was appointed Global Forwarding General Manager as of 2019.

Soner Kayserilioğlu
Financial Affairs General Manager

Soner Kayserilioğlu graduated from the Department of Management Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 1990. After serving in management roles in various industries, in February 2019, he joined the Ekol family as the general manager of Financial Affairs.