Ford Otosan Leader
Member Board of Directors
Mr. Özyurt graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Istanbul Technical University in 1989 and completed an MBA at Istanbul University in 1990.
In the same year, he joined Ford Otosan as a Method Engineer. After taking on various positions in the fields of Product Development, Service and Quality Engineering, Export and Sales Planning, he became a Project Engineer in the Kocaeli Plant Project Team in 1997. He worked as Project Leader of the same team from 1998 to 1999. In 2000, he was appointed Material Planning Manager. He was appointed as Assistant General Manager - Material Planning and Logistics in 2010 and as Assistant General Manager – Purchasing on June 1, 2014. He served as Assistant General Manager - Operations between 2019 and 2022. He has been appointed as Ford Otosan Leader as of April 1, 2022. He has been serving as corporate coach at Koç Group since 2013 and he is a member of the Board of Directors at Ford Otosan since March 21, 2022.
Ford Otosan Leader
Member Board of Directors
Payne joined Ford Otosan as Ford Otosan Craiova President after the transfer of ownership of the Craiova Plant from Ford of Europe to Ford Otosan in 2022.
She graduated from the University of Southampton’s Electronic Engineering Department, and she received her master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe. She joined Ford of Europe in 1996 and, through 2013, held many manufacturing responsibilities in Liverpool, Cologne and Dunton. She served as Global Powertrain Assembly Manager in Ford North of America between 2013 and 2017. She returned to Ford of Europe as Production Area Manager (Dagenham) in 2017. Payne, who was appointed as Craiova Engine Plant Manager in 2018, held the positions of Assistant Plant Manager - Craiova Vehicle Operations and Ford Romania President & Craiova Site Director in Ford Romania between 2018-2022. As of May 1, 2023; she is the Deputy General Manager of Ford Otosan.
Battery and Partnerships Leader
Johnston joined Ford Otosan in 2019 as Ford Otosan Deputy General Manager. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Master’s degree in Manufacturing Leadership from Cambridge University.
He also holds a CIMA accountancy qualification. He joined Ford of Britain in 1995, and through 2003 held a variety of Finance positions in Manufacturing, Product Development, Profit Analysis, and Marketing and Sales. From 2003-2010, he held many managerial responsibilities in Ford’s Premier Automotive Group, before serving as Product Development Controller for Medium and Large Cars, Asia Pacific. Before returning to Europe in 2013, he spent two years as CFO of ASEAN region in Bangkok. He served as the European PD Controller, and the European Manufacturing Controller and then performed the role of Global Vehicle Program Controller in Germany. He performed as CFO, Ford Asia Pacific based in Shanghai between 2017 and 2018. Before assigning as Ford Otosan Deputy General Manager and the member of Board of Directors, effective as of 1st August 2019, he was CFO, Ford China, between 2018 and 2019. Dave Johnston, was appointed as the Deputy General Manager - Battery and Partnerships, effective as of May 1st, 2023. In his new role Johnston is responsible for Ford Otosan’s growth strategy as well as managing battery integration and partnerships between Ford Otosan and Ford Motor Company to ensure Ford’s and Ford Otosan’s transition to an electrified future.
A. Serdar Kayhan
Legal and Compliance Leader
Mr. Kayhan graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law in 1995. He joined Otosan Pazarlama A.Ş. in 1996 as Legal Consultant.
Ian R. Foston
Engineering and Technology Development Leader
In 1994, he completed his undergraduate education in the Engineering Management department at the University of Hertfordshire. In 2000, he also completed the Master's program in Quality Management at Nottingham Trent University.
Ian is a chartered engineer in three disciplines in two continents. During his career, he received 2 recognition awards for his contribution to the business He is an experienced Senior Executive and subject-matter-expert in off-road, pick-up & SUV new product development and has gained a wide range of experience during his career working in product creation as well as manufacturing, quality, purchasing, Finance and Sales & Marketing. He was appointed as Engineering and Technology Development Lead as of 1st July, 2023 in Ford Otosan
Başak Çalıkoğlu Akyol
Human Resources and Transformation Leader
Mrs. Akyol graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University in 1999.
In the same year, she joined Ford Otosan as a Quality Engineer. She earned a master’s degree in Financial Economics from Bahcesehir University in 2012. After taking on various positions in the Quality Assurance, she worked as a Quality and Vehicle Evaluation Manager at Yeniköy Plant between 2013-2015. She was appointed as the Quality Manager in 2016 and between 2018-2019 she served as Human Resources and Industrial Relations Manager of Kocaeli Plants. She served as Total Quality Director between2020 and 2021 and she has been appointed as Assistant General Manager - Human Resources and Transformation as of March 1, 2022.
Operations and Investments Leader
Mr. Temel graduated from İstanbul Technical University in 1991 and completed a Masters degree at İstanbul University in 1992.
He joined Ford Otosan in 1993 as an engineer in Quality department. He worked on launching the Press Area between 1998-2008 and served as Press and Tool & Die Group Manager between 2008-2012. He became Gölcük Assistant Plant Manager in 2012 and Gölcük Plant Manager in 2013. Mr. Temel was Assistant General Manager – Kocaeli Plants and New Projects from 2016 to 2019 and he served as Assistant General Manager – New Projects between 2019 and 2022. He has been assigned as Industrial Operations and Investments Leader as of April 1, 2022.
Ford Trucks Business Area Leader
He graduated from Istanbul Technical University Mechanical Engineering Department in 1997.
After completing his master's degree in the same department in 2001, he graduated the Koç University Executive MBA Program in 2004 and Harvard Universtiy Advanced Management Program in 2023.
After joining Ford Otosan in 1997, he took on various positions in units such as service engineering, export and business development manager, truck operations manager and then managed various directorship positions between 2014-2023. He was appointed as Ford Trucks Business Area Leader as of March 2023, following his latest position as Ford Trucks International Markets Director.
F. Canalp Gündoğdu
Innovation and New Ventures Leader
Being graduated from Yıldız Technical University Mechanical Engineering in 2008, F.Canalp Gündoğdu completed his Masters degree in University of Brighton on Management and Entrepreneurship in 2010.
He started working at Ford Otosan in 2011. After working with various departments at Ford Trucks between 2011-2016, he carried out the Technical Assistant Leadership in the CEO Office between 2016-2018. He was appointed to Silicon Valley on a temporary assignment between 2019 and 2020, conducted a project on Autonomous and Urban Mobility at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and published a Whitepaper. He served as Smart Mobility Leader between 2020 and 2022. He has been assigned as Innovation and New Ventures Leader as of March 1, 2022. Following the agile transformation process of Ford Otosan, he has been serving as the Growth & Smart Mobility Leader.
Finance and Accounting Leader - CFO
Ms. Ertuğ graduated from Boğaziçi University, Engineering Faculty, Industrial Engineering Department in 1997.
In the same year, she started working in Ford Otosan MP&L Production Planning Department. She earned her MBA degree from Bosphorous University in 2000, Executive MBA degree from Koç University in 2006 and PLDA degree from Harvard Business School in 2019. In her Ford Otosan career, she worked in several different functions in the positions of MP&L Team Leader (CMMS3 Launch and R/C Coordination), Technical Assistant to General Manager, PD Finance Manager and Senior Manager, Ford Asia Pacific Finance Controller for CD Car & Lincoln (Shanghai) and Business Strategies Finance Manager. She served as Innovation and New Ventures Director between 2019 and2011. She has been appointed as Assistant General Manager - Finance and Accounting (CFO) of Ford Otosan as of April 1, 2022.
Digital Products and Services Leader
Mr. Senir graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Bogazici University in 1989. He joined Ford Otosan as a Purchasing Engineer in 1992.
After taking on various positions in the Purchasing Department, he worked as a New Projects Purchasing Manager from 2002 to 2008 and as an Ongoing Projects Purchasing Manager from 2008 to 2014. He was appointed as Purchasing Director in 2014. He was assigned as Purchasing Leader as of July 1, 2019.
Pınar Kılınç Topçu
Quality Platform Area Lead
Topçu graduated from the Middle East Technical University's Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2010 and completed the Koç University Executive MBA program in 2022.
In 2010, she began her career as a Design Quality Engineer at Ford Otosan. Following her successful contributions in Engineering & Technology Development, Ford Otosan Leadership, and Next-Generation Manufacturing Leadership, she was appointed as the Quality Platform Area Leader as of October 2023.
Ford Türkiye Business Area Leader
Mr. Yücetürk graduated from Mechanical Engineering Department at Boğaziçi University in 1995, completed his Executive MBA degree at Koç University in 2002 and completed AMP of Harvard University in 2018.
He joined Ford Otosan Marketing Department in 1995 as a Product Specialist. After holding various positions in Marketing & Sales departments as Marketing Strategy Manager, Passenger Car Brand Manager and Sales Support Manager, he served as the Technical Assistant to the General Manager. He was appointed as Marketing Manager in 2002. He worked as the European Sales Operations Coordinator at Ford of Europe in 2006. He returned to Ford Otosan in 2007 as Marketing Director and became the Sales and After Sales Field Operations Director in 2009. He has been serving as the Assistant General Manager of Marketing, Sales and Aftersales since October 1, 2014.