The Client Company
Aksa Energy is one of Turkey’s leading energy companies, with head ofce in Istanbul.
With more than 2,000 MW installed capacity, Aksa Energy is the leader among independent power
producers in Turkey, with 5% market share in overall energy production in the country. The parentcompany, Kazancı Holding, represents a vertical integrated business model with all ingredients of theenergy value chain in Turkey, namely, power production, electricity distribution and natural gasdistribution. Additionally, the Group owns leading gensets production company, Aksa Power Generation,with 45% market share in Turkey, and productions facilities in Turkey and China.The company is among Turkey’s largest 200 industrial companies and exporters.
The Executive Search Company
Gaye Özcan and Mehves Demir, both former HR Managers, founded HumanGroup
in 2006, focused on search, selection and assessment, and customized
training programs.Other expertise includes the development and delivery of training programs.The company’s key sectoral areas are nancial services, pharmaceuticals,telecom, FMCG, and energy, with clients being primarily large Turkish andinternational rms, operating across multiple sectors, and expanding regionallyand internationally.As Gaye explains: “Many companies want to establish a foothold in Turkey, while
many large Turkish companies are developing operations in Europe, the Balkans,
Russia, the Middle East, and the US – and looking at China, and South America.” She says Turkey is also a uniquely specic market. “Challenges include language,the legal structure, the business approach – all of which needs extensive localexpertise,“ she adds.She explains that Turkey is a developing market of 75 million people, and clients increasingly needcandidates with extremely specic and unique skills.
Cuneyt Uygun is Group Chief Financial Ofcer (CFO) at Kazancı Holding – Aksa Group Companies,promoted from CFO in Aksa Energy in July 2012.His previous positions include: CFO at Astelit – Turkcell Ukraine operation; Business DevelopmentExecutive Turkcell; IBD & IR Specialist with Efes Beverage Group; and Research Analyst with TSKB.
“It wasn’t an easy time, and there were difcult challenges – and Gaye’s support was essential,” saysCuneyt of his rst few months as Aksa’s CFO.He explains how his business background was in a completely different sector: “I was in different positionsin the leading GSM operator in Turkey and the region, namely Turkcell. I’d been there almost 10 years,involved in nancial activities and business development. My last position was CFO of the Ukrainiansubsidiary of Turkcell, where I took the position from the beginning until EBITDA breakeven.” Cuneyt met Gaye when he relocated to Turkey. “She offered the opportunity, and I took it because the
‘The Candidate’s Experience’ Case Study
Understanding, motivation and invaluable, ongoing support ensured a successful ‘t’ for theGroup CFO in one of Turkey’s largest energy sector companies.
Human Group, IRC Turkey