Board of Directors
Rahmi M. Koç
Honorary Chairman - Koç Holding A.Ş. Board of Directors
Mr. Rahmi M. Koç is a graduate of the Industrial Management and Business Administration Faculty of Johns Hopkins University (USA).
Rahmi M. Koç spent his entire working life in The Koç Group –started his active career at Otokoç Ankara in 1958 and handed over his Chairman of the Management Committee position to late Mustafa V. Koç in 2003. Since then, he has been serving as the Honorary Chairman at Koç Holding. Koç, who has been a Member of the Ford Otosan Board of Directors since 1961 and Chairman of the Board since 1972, is currently Honorary Chairman of the Ford Otosan Board of Directors since 10 December 2012. He was President of the International Chamber of Commerce between 1995 and 1996, and presently acts as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Vehbi Koç Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Koç University, Founder and Chairman of Rahmi M. Koç Museum and Cultural Foundation, Chairman of Vehbi Koç Foundation American Hospital, Founding Member and Honorary Chairman of TURMEPA (Turkish Marine and Environment Protection Association), Honorary President of the High Advisory Council of TÜSİAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association), Member of the Advisory Board of TİSK (Turkish Confederation of Employers Associations), Honorary Member of the Foreign Policy Association, Honorary Member of the New York Metropolitan Art Museum’s Board of Trustees and Founding President of the Global Relations Forum. Mr. Rahmi M. Koç received Honorary PhDs from; Johns Hopkins University, Eskisehir Anadolu University, İzmir Ege University, Ankara Bilkent University, Constanta Ovidius University and Aydın Adnan Menderes University. Rahmi M. Koç was honored with the “State Medal of Distinguished Service” by the President of Turkey, “Grosses Verdienst Kreuz” (Great Cross of Merit of Germany) by the German government, “Order of Merit of the Italian Republic” by Italy. The Presidency of the Republic of Austria honored him with the Order of Merit and Mr. Rahmi M. Koç was appointed to the rank of (Honorary) Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) and Mr. Rahmi M. Koç was honoured with the most prestigious order of French government "Officier dans L'Ordre National de la Legion D'Honneur”.
Ali Yıldırım Koç
Vice Chairman - Koç Holding A.Ş. Board of Directors
Mr. Ali Y. Koç capped his undergraduate studies at the Management Faculty of Rice University (USA) with an MBA from Harvard Business School.
He started his career at American Express Bank as a Management Trainee and continued as an Investment Analyst at Morgan Stanley Investment Bank. Mr. Ali Y. Koç joined Koç Holding in 1997 and held senior-level positions until 2010 including new business development and information technologies. He was the President of Corporate Communications and IT Group. He has been serving as a Board Member at Koç Holding since 2008 and was elected as Vice Chairman in February 2016. Ali Y. Koç has been serving on the Board of Directors at Ford Otosan since 1997 and was elected as Chairman on 10 December 2012. Currently, Ali Y. Koç is the Chairman of Ark İnşaat, Bilkom, Digital Panorama, Koç Information and Defence Technologies, Koç Financial Services, Koç Sistem, Koçtaş, Otokar, Otokoç, Setur and Yapı Kredi Bank. Ali Y. Koç also contributes to the country’s social and economic development at URAK – National Competition Research Association as President, Endeavor Association and DEİK, Foreign Economic Relations Board as Board Member. He is also the Vice Chairman of TÜSİAD – Turkish Industry and Business Association and member of the Global Advisory Council of Bank of America, Harvard University and CFR.
Group Vice President and President, Europe, Middle East & Africa - Ford of Europe | Member - Ford Sollers Board of Directors
Born in 1964, Mr. Armstrong has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of East London.
During his more than 25 years in the auto industry, he has held a variety of senior management and purchasing positions for Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo Cars, and served as chief operating officer of Getrag-Ford Transmissions. He has been recognized with many awards, including being named a Eurostar by Automotive News in 2005 for improving supplier relations for Volvo. Steven Armstrong was appointed group vice president and president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company, June 1, 2017. Prior to this position, he served as vice president and chief operating officer, Ford of Europe, from September 1, 2016. Mr. Armstrong appointed a Ford Otosan Board member and vice chairman of the Board of Directors, and a Member of the Remuneration Committee, effective September 8, 2017.
William R. Periam
CFO - Ford of Europe
Mr. Periam earned a bachelor’s degree in Management Sciences from Manchester University (UK).
He joined Ford as an Investment Analyst in the United Kingdom in 1989. He has held multiple senior management positions at Ford in the Finance, Credit, Business Development and Business Strategy departments in the USA, Germany, Brazil and China. He was appointed Deputy General Manager and a Member of the Board of Directors of Ford Otosan from September 2013 until August 2016. Mr. Periam was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Ford of Europe as of August 1, 2016 and remains a member of the Board Directors at Ford Otosan. He also serves as Member of the Corporate Governance and Early Determination and Management of Risk Committees since August 1, 2016.
Roelant de Waard
Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service - Ford of Europe
Mr. de Waard holds a Master’s degree in Economics & Business from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
He joined Ford Netherlands in 1990. He was appointed as the Sales Manager in 1993 and Marketing Manager in 1995. Roelant de Waard moved to Dearborn in 1996 where he became Marketing Strategy Manager and, in 1998, Marketing Plans Manager at the Large Vehicle Centre. He returned to Europe in 1999 as the Director of Operations for Ford Netherlands and served as Managing Director Ford Netherlands starting from April 2000. In January 2001, he was appointed as Director, Ford of Europe Retail Management, a position he held until March 2002. He was the Vice President FCSD – Europe (Ford Customer Service Division), from April 2002. From February 2006 until the end of 2008, de Waard was Chairman and Managing Director of Ford of Britain. From January 2009, he was Vice President of Sales, Ford of Europe, responsible for 49 markets, including the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Russia. Roelant de Waard is Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe, effective January 1, 2011. Mr. de Waard was appointed as Ford Otosan Board Member on December 9, 2015.
İsmail Cenk Çimen
Automotive Group President - Koç Holding A.Ş.
Mr. Çimen has an Industrial Engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University. He completed Executive Development Programs at Stanford University (USA) and University of California Los Angeles (USA).
He joined Koç Group in 1991 as a Management Trainee at Nasoto. He assumed Sales Coordinator, Regional Manager and Import Manager responsibilities at Otosan Pazarlama from 1993 to 1996. He served as Fleet Sales Manager at Ford Otosan from 1996 to 1998 and became the General Manager of Otokoç Ankara in 1998. In 2001, he was appointed as the General Manager of the companies merged under Otokoç. In 2005 his responsibility was extended to include the General Manager role for Birmot A.Ş., also assuming responsibility for Avis car rental business. He has been serving as the Automotive Group President at Koç Holding since June 2009. He was elected as a member of Ford Otosan Board of Directors on March 25, 2014. He has been serving as the member of the Early Determination and Management of Risk Committee since April 21, 2014 and a member of Remuneration Committee since March 27, 2015.
O. Turgay Durak
Mr. Durak is a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering Department of Northwestern University (USA) where he also completed his Master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
His career commenced at Ford Otosan in 1976 as Applications Engineer. In the same year, he assumed the position of Product Development and Design Engineer, and by 1979 he became the İnönü Engine Plant Project Leader. In 1982 and 1984, he was assigned as Project Coordination Manager and Project Coordination Department Head, respectively. In 1986 and 1987, he was designated as Assistant General Manager of Marketing and Assistant General Manager of Purchasing, respectively. He became the Deputy General Manager of Ford Otosan in 2000. He started to serve as the General Manager in 2002 when he also joined the Board of Directors. From 2007 to 2009, he was the Automotive Group President at Koç Holding. He served as Deputy CEO of Koç Holding from May 2009 until April 2010 and as CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Koç Holding from April 2010 to March 31, 2015, Mr. Durak retired at age 63. He was Chairman of the Board of the Automotive Manufacturers Association for 6 years between 2004 and 2010. He served as a member of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO) from January 2008 to May 2010 and was a board member between February 2009 and May 2010. Mr. Durak also was a National Board Member of International Chamber Of Commerce from February 2014 to March 2015.
Birgit Annelies Behrendt
Ford of Europe Vice president, Joint Ventures, Alliances and Commercial Affairs
Birgit Behrendt holds a business degree from the Administration and Business Academy (Verwaltungs- und Wirtschaftsakademie) in Cologne, Germany.
She joined Ford in Cologne in 1978 as a commercial apprentice. From April 1, 2008 through July 2010, Behrendt was vice president, Purchasing, Ford of Europe, and executive director, Global Programs. In 2010, she had moved to Ford’s headquarter in Dearborn, Michigan to asuume the role of executive director, Global Programs and the Americas Purchasing. In this role, Behrendt oversaw all Purchasing activities for Ford's North and South America operations while working closely with Product Development on all global vehicle and powertrain programs. She was elected a corporate officer and named vice president, Global Programs and Purchasing Operations in Aug. 2013. Behrendt is vice president, Joint Ventures, Alliances and Commercial Affairs, effective Jan. 1, 2018. She was appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors of Ford Otosan in March 2018.
Vice President Product Development - Ford of Europe
Joe Bakaj holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the City University London.
Joe Bakaj holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the City University London. His past experience includes powertrain engineering and extensive noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and chassis work. Before rejoining Ford of Europe in 2005, Bakaj was senior managing executive officer in charge of design, product planning, research and development for Mazda Motor Corporation and responsible for the worldwide development of all Mazda products. Bakaj was appointed as Vice President Product Development Ford of Europe in July 2005 and elected Corporate Officer in August 2005. In January 2007, his responsibilities were expanded to include Global Programs. Between January 2011 and November 2013, Bakaj served as Vice President, Powertrain Engineering, responsible for overseeing all engine and transmission engineering worldwide. He was appointed as Vice President Product Development for Ford of Europe in November 2013 and a Member of the Board of Directors of Ford Otosan in September 2017.
Ali İhsan İlkbahar
Mr. İlkbahar graduated from Istanbul Technical University Mechanical Engineering (MSc.) and started working as a Manufacturing Engineer at Otosan in 1964.
He spent his entire professional life at Ford Otosan where he served as the General Manager during the last 14 years and retired at the beginning of 2000. He was also the Koç Holding Ford Group President between 1996-2000. He was involved in the construction project of the Otosan Engine Plant in Eskişehir İnönü in 1980. He led the Gölcük Plant project and Connect vehicle project between 1997 and 2000. He was the Chairman of Board of Directors at Automotive Manufacturers Association for 15 years, from 1989 until February 2004. He served as a member of Ford Otosan Board of Directors from 1991 to 2012 and he was elected again on 25 March 2014. He has also been serving as the member of the Corporate Governance Committee since April 21, 2014.
Füsun Akkal Bozok
Mrs. Bozok earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Istanbul University. She also holds an MBA from Boğaziçi University and a PhD in Business Administration from İstanbul University.
She started her career as an Auditor at Arthur Andersen in 1980. In 1983, she joined Koç Holding as an auditor at the Internal Audit Department. After serving as an Audit Coordinator between 1992 and 2003, she was appointed Finance Director in 2003. Bozok also worked as a Project Manager between 1995 and 1996 under Koç Group’s MIS Project. Bozok continued her career at Koç University between 2006 and 2008 as a member at the Faculty of Computer Systems Supervision and International Finance. Since 2008, she has been a member of the Sabancı University International Finance and Auditing Faculty. Füsun Bozok was appointed a Board Member at Yapı Kredi Bankası in 2004. She also has been serving as a Board Member at Akiş GYO and Bizim Toptan since 2017. She was appointed a member of Board of Directors at Ford Otosan on January 1, 2018. Bozok also holds CMB Credit Rating, Corporate Governance, and Advanced Derivative Licenses.
L. Martin Meany
Mr. Meany started his career as a Graduate trainee in Finance, Ford of Europe, in November 1973 and worked in a number of Plant and Central Staffs Financial Analyst positions.
He was promoted to Management level in April 1978, as a Product and Pricing Specialist followed by assignments in Export Operations, Business Development and Ford of Europe Capacity Planning and Special Studies. He was appointed Controller, Ford of Europe Commercial Vehicle Product Development in April 1988 working on an all-new Transit Platform, a Fiesta-based Light Commercial vehicle and an SUV JV with Nissan. Mr. Meany worked as Manager, Eastern European Business Strategy from May 1991 to June 1995, working on market-entry strategies and the establishment of operations in the former Soviet Bloc. This included leading negotiations with the Polish Government for a KD Manufacturing Facility. In July 1995, he was appointed Manager, Business Strategy for New Markets, a global Ford activity led by the Dearborn-based Company Vice-Chairman. He led a cross-functional team developing manufacturing and product plans for Eastern Europe including Government negotiations for establishment of a manufacturing facility in Russia. He was appointed CFO/Board Member Ford Russia in August 1999. In April 2003, he was appointed Operations Controller, Genk, Belgium Manufacturing Operations during major restructuring actions completed in 2004 including transfer of Transit manufacturing operations to Turkey. He was appointed Director, Business Development, Ford of Europe in July 2006 joining the Ford team negotiating the purchase of former Daewoo manufacturing facilities from the Romanian Government and minority shareholders. Mr. Meany was appointed CFO Ford Romania in April 2008. In addition to working with the Ford team on major plant restructuring actions, responsibilities included working with the Romanian Government to spin-off significant Group Assets excluded from the Share Purchase Agreement. He also served as a Board Member and Deputy Chairman of Ford Romania from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Meany retired in December 2010. He was elected as an independent Board Member of the Ford Otosan Board of Directors on March 29 2016. He has been serving as Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee since March 31, 2016 and as a member of the Audit Committee since April 6, 2016. He was appointed as the Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee on 31 March 2017.
Haydar Yenigün graduated from Yıldız Technical University in Mechanical Engineering and joined Ford Otosan in 1987.
He found opportunity to serve in many different departments in production and worked as Project engineer between 1992 and 1996 after completing his military duty. He continued serving in different positions during the establishment of the Kocaeli Plant after the shares of Ford Motor Company and Otosan A.S. were equalized in 1997. He became Project Leader in 1998. He participated in the production process of commercial vehicles design and production processes to be built in the new plant. He worked as Body Construction Area Manager in the Kocaeli Plant between 1999 and 2007, and served as Kocaeli Plant Manager and Assistant General Manager from 2007 to 2012. He was appointed as Ford Otosan General Manager and became a Member of the Board of Directors on 15 February 2012. He is currently a member of the Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD) Board of Directors, member of Kocaeli Chamber of Industry Board of Directors, member of Turkish Industry and Business Association, Vice Chairman of the Turkish-American Business Council Executive Committee
Lisa K. King
Deputy General Manager
Mrs. King earned a bachelor’s degree in Management Sciences and Statistics from Loughborough University (UK).
Prior to Ford, she worked at Hewlett Packard as an internal consultant in process improvement, and then at Ernst & Young Consulting as a business consultant. She joined Ford in 1996 into the Process Leadership team and held a number of positions including starting up a joint venture call center business supporting all Ford call centers globally, and a variety of buying and purchasing strategy roles. She was appointed Global Purchasing Director, Stamping and Raw Materials in 2008. In 2011, she assumed the role of Purchasing Director, Manufacturing and Transportation. She became the Vice President, Purchasing FordSollers in Russia and held this role from 2013 until her move to Chassis in 2015. Following her tenure as Global Purchasing Director, Chassis, she was appointed Ford Otosan Deputy General Manager and member of Board of Directors on September 1, 2016.