Ali Rıza YILDIRIM, the pioneer of the core initiatives that constitute the industrial and commercial activities of YILDIRIM Group, started his professional career in 1970. He continues his duty as the Chairman of YILDIRIM Group, with 55 years of experience in the business world.

Born on May 29, 1957 in Sivas, Türkiye, Ali Rıza YILDIRIM was introduced to business at an early age through his father Garip YILDIRIM’s construction materials company, Garip YILDIRIM & Sons Co., which was established in Samsun in 1963. Ali Rıza YILDIRIM focused on sales and marketing in the first phases of his career. He was also responsible for the growth and diversification of the company’s activities as the eldest son of the YILDIRIM family.

He established his first foreign trade relations in 1988 after carefully observing the opportunities created by the economic reforms in the Soviet Union in the 1980s. He started to cooperate with Russian coal mine operators, and started the first imported coal trade in Türkiye, especially from the Siberia.

Believing that the activities of the family business should not be limited in Samsun, he relocated parts of the company to Istanbul in 1995. He entered the maritime sector in 2000, leading the rapid development of import and export activities and the growth of the company.

He led the acquisition of Gemlik Gübre in Bursa, Eti Krom in Elazığ, and Sümerbank Beykoz Kundura Leather Factory in Istanbul during the early 2000s privatization era in Türkiye. In addition to these 3 successfully completed acquisitions, he also participated in the tenders of 72 different companies from various sectors organized by the Privatization Administration of Türkiye. He withdrew from the tenders after reviewing the acquisitions as not suitable for YILDIRIM’s financial and strategic targets

As the Chairman of the Board, he led YILDIRIM Group’s entry into commodities production industry with Gemlik Gübre and Eti Krom. During the period when these companies joined the Group, he played an active role in modernizing the plants, developing the assets, and increasing the market shares of the companies in their respective sectors. He increased the profitability and efficiency of Gemlik Gübre and Eti Krom, and elevated them as tax champions in Bursa and Elazığ provinces.

After the establishment of the holding structure, Ali Rıza YILDIRIM led the company’s growth in the fertilizer industry, especially by participating in the daily activities of Gemlik Gübre, and made the company a key player in the international market. Ali Rıza YILDIRIM took the first steps to transform YILFERT Holding, the Group’s fertilizer and chemical subsidiary, into an international brand by focusing on global acquisitions and business development.

Closely involved in the financial management and market operations of YILDIRIM Group, Ali Rıza YILDIRIM has ensured the integration of industrial facilities in many European countries into the Group and is currently continuing his entrepreneurial activities

Ali Rıza YILDIRIM is married with two children and lives in Beykoz, Istanbul. His wife, Serpil YILDIRIM is the General Director of Beykoz Kundura. His son Tarık YILDIRIM, who is based in Amsterdam, involves in start-ups as a seed investor and financial mentor in the fields of technology, education and genomics. Tarık YILDIRIM also conducts interdisciplinary researches in science and philosophy. His daughter, S. Buse YILDIRIM is involved in cultural heritage and art & culture industry as an entrepreneur. She is the Managing Artistic Director of Beykoz Kundura as a curator and documentary filmmaker.

Robert Yüksel YILDIRIM

Robert Yuksel Yildirim is the President and CEO of Yildirim Group of Companies. He was born in Sivas, Turkey in 1960. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1983. In 1989, he received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University. He began his career as a design and project engineer at Paceco Corporation, working for five years at the container crane manufacturing firm.

Robert Yuksel Yildirim joined the management board of the family-owned company in 1993. The same year, he conducted the first international achievement of the company, directly importing coal from Russia. Robert Yuksel Yildirim led the group in new initiatives in the 2000s, and in 2008, the Group made its first international acquisition in Sweden.

Today, Yildirim Group is a global player in metals and mining, port management, coal and coke, fertilizers and chemicals, energy, and maritime industry. Lloyd’s List ranks Robert Yuksel Yildirim among the top 100 most influential people in the shipping industry, and among top 10 most powerful people in container terminals industry. Consulting company Drewry lists him as one of the top 20 global leaders in port operations. Robert Yuksel Yildirim is also among the top three leaders of the global chromium industry.

Özer Öz

Ozer Oz was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1972. He received his bachelor’s degree in management engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1992. In 1995, he was awarded a master’s degree in finance from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.

Mr. Oz is the Chief Operating Officer at Yildirim Group of Companies. He oversees general coordination of Group companies and acquisitions. He has participated in more than 25 privatization tenders and privately owned asset sales. His responsibilities at Yildirim Group also include supervising new business initiatives in mining, petrochemicals, logistics, and real estate development.

During his tenure at Yildirim Group, he was appointed as general coordinators of Gemlik Gubre, the largest calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN) fertilizer producer; Eti Krom, the largest chromium mine and ferrochrome producer in Turkey; and Yilport Gebze, a multi-purpose port terminal located in the Gulf of Izmit, Turkey.

Ozer Oz has deep experience in organizational, operational, and financial rehabilitation of privatized entities. His strong professional network covers the business world and governmental authorities within the Black Sea region, specifically in Turkey, Romania, Georgia and Azerbaijan. He is experienced in infrastructural and bureaucratic processes for greenfield investments. Prior to his duties at Yildirim Group, Mr. Oz was the general manager of ISBAS, the first privately owned free zone in Istanbul, Turkey; and he was a shareholder and the general manager of KOSBAS in Kocaeli, Turkey, the only free zone where shipyards were allowed to operate.

In addition to his duties at YILDIRIM Group, Mr. Oz is the Chairman of Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) Turkey-Ecuador Business Council.

Ozer Oz is married and has two children.

Dr. Evren Öztürk

Evren Öztürk was born in 1981 in Istanbul, Turkey. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Marmara University on Business Administration, he was awarded three master’s degrees from Marmara University, Yildiz Technical University and Gebze Institute of Technology; respectively in Financial Markets and Investment Management, Economics, and Strategy Science. Evren Öztürk completed his doctoral studies in Finance and Accounting at Marmara University to receive his Ph.D.

Dr. Öztürk started his career in 2002 at Reel Çözüm Factoring Inc. as the Finance and Funding Manager, followed by his tenure as the Corporate Finance Director at BDO Denet Accounting and Consulting Inc.

Evren Öztürk joined Yildirim Group in 2005. He undertook various responsibilities that ensured continuous growth and strong financial structuring for the Group, accumulating more than 25 acquisitions and mergers projects in a global scope.

Dr. Öztürk is currently the Chief Financial Officer and the Board Member of Yildirim Group. He also acts as board members of CMA CGM Group in France, Sealease S.A. in Belgium, and Vargön Alloys AB in Sweden.

Dr. Öztürk is married and has two children.

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