Board of Directors

QNB Finansbank

Sinan Şahinbaş

Chairperson of the Board

He graduated from TED Ankara College in 1984 and received his BA in 1988 from the Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering at Istanbul Technical University. He was then awarded MA degrees in International Relations at Istanbul University and Finance at Yeditepe University. He started his professional career at QNB Finansbank in 1990 and he assumed various positions at Treasury, Corporate Banking and Loans Departments until 1997. He finalized the establishment of Turkey liaison offices for QNB Finansbank (Suisse) SA and QNB Finansbank (Holland) NV in 1997. The same year, he joined Garanti Bank as the Department Manager to establish a new risk management system for subsidiaries and later was appointed as Assistant General Manager for Garanti Bank (Holland) NV. Having remained in this position for one year, he started working for  QNBFinansbank (Holland) NV as Assistant General Manager, later to become the General Manager of the same bank between 1991 and 2001. He returned to Turkey in 2001 to serve as Senior Assistant General Manager at ONB Finansbank A.Ş. and then acted as General Manager between October 2003 and April 2010. Sinan Şahinbaş was appointed as Vice Chairperson in April 2010.

Nergis Ayvaz Bumedian

General Manager and Member of the Board

She graduated from the Department of Economics, Boğaziçi University, in 1992. Between 1992 and 1995 she worked for YapıveKredi Bank, and then joined Demirbank T.A.Ş. to work in Corporate Marketing between 1995 and 1997. She started working for QNB Finansbank in 1997 as Corporate Marketing Assistant Vice President. Later on in 1998, she was appointed to be a Branch Manager, and became the Commercial Banking Senior Vice President of QNB Finansbank in 2000. Ayvaz was the Executive Vice President for Commercial Banking of QNB Finansbank between 1st of January 2008 and 8th of June 2009, when she was appointed as the General Manager of QNB Finansfaktoring. Since 4 November 2009, she has also been acting as a Board Member at QNB Finansfaktoring.

Adnan Menderes Yayla

Board Member

He graduated from the Department of Economics of the Faculty of Political Sciences at Ankara University in 1985. He completed an MBA study in the University of Illinois (U.S.A.) at Urbana-Champaign between 1992 and 1994. Between 1985 and 1995 he worked for the Ministry of Finance serving as Assistant Auditor and Auditor. Between 1995 and 1996, he worked for the Privatization Administration as the Leader of the Project Assessment Office. Between 1996 and 2000, he served at Price Waterhouse Coopers in Istanbul and London offices as Manager, Senior Manager and Partner. Later on between 2000 and 2008, he started working at Foreign Trade Bank (Fortis) as Assistant General Manager in charge of Financial Control Group and Risk Management. He joined QNB Finansbank to act as Executive Vice President and Group CFO on 20 May 2008. Since August 2008, he has been acting as a Member of Executive Committee at QNB Finansbank and Group CFO. He also assumed the title of Board Member at QNB Finansfaktoring on 8 June 2009.

Bülent Yurdalan

Board Member

He graduated from the Kütahya Faculty of Management Sciences at Eskişehir Academy of Economics and Administrative Sciences in 1980. He started his banking career in 1982 at Pamukbank, and then worked for Citibank Turkey. Having joined QNB Finansbank A.Ş. in 1988, he took on various duties in fields including branch operations, Inspection Board, Treasury Operations, General Accounting and Internal Control, in addition to senior positions in Fiba Group banks in Turkey and abroad. He was appointed as the Head of the Inspection Board in 2003, and became the Head of Internal Systems in October 2013. He was appointed as a Board Member in September 2014.

Engin Turhan

Board Member

Born in 1980, Turhan received his Bachelor's degree in Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Marmara University and holds a Master's degree in International Political Economy and Management. He began his career in the MT (Management Trainee) program at QNB Finansbank A.Ş. in 2003. After having worked in various divisions of the Loans Department till 2005, Turhan transferred to Project Finance where he held positions of specialist and manager in Project Monitoring, Project Appraisal, Corporate Finance, and Syndicated Loans divisions. Following his assignment in 2012 as the Group Manager of Corporate Banking Structured Finance and Syndicated Loans, he was appointed as the Director of Corporate Derivatives Sales in 2014. Commercial Banking was added to his existing duties in 2015 and as of June 2016, he took on the position as the Executive Vice President in charge of Commercial Banking and Project Finance.As of January 2022, he has been serving as the Executive Vice President in charge of ME and Commercial Banking, Cash Management, and Foreign Trade while being a Board Member at QNB Finans Faktoring A.Ş.

Okay Yıldırım

Board Member

Having graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Finance in 2000, Okay Yıldırım started his banking career as a Management Trainee at Garanti Bank in the same year. After holding various managerial positions in Commercial Banking, SME Banking, Private Banking, Cash Management, and Foreign Trade Units at TEB and QNB Finansbank, Okay Yıldırım served as the General Manager of QNB eFinans, the e-transformation Fintech of QNB Finansbank Group in 2018. Additionally, he is still serving as the head of QNB Finansbank Group Corporate Digital Banking in charge of Corporate Digital Transformation and Corporate Digital Banking. Mr. Yıldırım is also a Board Member in our subsidiaries QNB eFinans, QNBpay as well as QNB Finansfaktoring.

Osman Reha Yolalan

Board Member

Yolalan holds a Bachelors’s degree in Industrial Engineering from İstanbul Technical University, a Master’s degree from Boğaziçi University in Industrial Engineering, and a PhD Degree in Management Sciences from Laval University, Québec-Canada. In 2000, he received the title of Associate Professor in Operations Research. He started his career as a specialist at Yapı Kredi in the Strategic Planning Department in 1991. He worked as Head of Corporate and Economic Research Department between 1994-2000 and as Executive Vice President in charge of Financial Analysis and Credit Risk Management between 2000-2004. He was appointed as CEO of Yapı Kredi and member of the Board of Directors between 2004-2005. He served as the Board Member of Eurobank Tekfen between 2006-2012. Yolalan assumed the position of Tekfen Holding Vice President in charge of Corporate Affairs between 2006 and 2019; since March 2019, he has been Vice President in charge of Financial Affairs (CFO). He also served as the Independent Board Member of QNB Finansbank between 2016-2021. For the last 30 years, Yolalan has been a part-time lecturer in banking in various universities in Turkey and has authored numerous articles in the field of banking management, published in international journals. As of March 2022 he has been appointed as an independent member of the Board of Directors of QNB Finans Faktoring A.Ş.