Born in 1959, Mr. Ateş graduated from Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration after completing his studies at TED Ankara College. He started his banking career in 1981 as Internal Auditor at İşbank. After serving at various Interbank units from 1986 to 1993, he worked as Branch Manager at Elmadağ, Şişli, Bakırköy, İzmir and Central Branches. He established Interbanks Cash Management System and was promoted in 1993 as Executive Vice President in charge of Central Operations. Mr. Ateş worked as Executive Vice President in charge of Financial Affairs and Operations at Bank Ekspres between the years of 1994 and 1996 and led the banks restructuring project with Bank of America. He established Garanti Bank Moscow in Russia and worked as CEO for one year starting from June 1996. He has continued his duties as President & CEO at DenizBank, where he started in June 1997 as the Founder President. During his management tenure, DenizBank shares were offered to public in October 2004 where 5.5 times oversubscription was recorded and 68% was sold to institutional clients abroad. His management also ran the process of selling 75% of Zorlu Holding DenizBank shares to Dexia S.A. in May 2006 as well as the sales process of 99.85% of DenizBank shares owned by Dexia Group to Sberbank six years later in June 2012. Also serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at DenizBank subsidiaries Deniz Yatırım Securities, Intertech, Destek Asset Management and DenizBank Moscow, Hakan ATEŞ was granted the Those who Add Value to Turkey award presented by Bahçeşehir University in 2015.