M. lker Aycı

Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee 

Turkish Airlines

Mehmet lker AYCI was born in Istanbul in 1971 and originally hailed from the province of Giresun in the Black Sea Region of northeastern Turkey.

He graduated from Bilkent University's Department of Political Science and Public Administration in 1994 before proceeding to take political science research work at University of Leeds in the United Kingdom which he completed in 1995.

AYCI later obtained his Master's Degree from Marmara University's International Relations Program in 1997.

Officially starting his professional career in 1994 after earning his bachelor's degree, AYCI held a variety of positions at Kurtsan Kacları A.S.,Universal Dis Ticaret A.S. and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality where he served as the Counselor to the then Mayor of Istanbul, H.E. Recep Tayyip ERDOGAN, the current President of Turkey, taking part in a number of development projects in the country's largest city.

AYCI was appointed general manager of Basak Sigorta in 2005. In 2006, he took over the helm of one of the largest insurance companies in Turkey, the Günes Sigorta. After overseeing a successful privatization process at the company, he stayed at his position until 2011.

AYCI's strong belief in sports as a means of employee motivation led Güne