Board Of Directors | DenizBank

Our Board of Directors is composed of 10 members. 3 members are executive while 5 members are non-executive and 2 out of these non-executive members are independent board members.

  • Functions of Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO are fulfilled by different persons.
  • Independence declarations have been received from all independent board members.
  • Independence criteria of the Board Members are explained in Corporate Governance Compliance Report.
  • Basics and principles regarding activities of the Board of Directors and of the committees reporting to the Board of Directors are explained in Regulation of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Alqassim graduated from Higher Colleges of Technology with a Diploma in Business - Banking and Finance in 1995. He started his career at National Bank of Dubai as a Chairman. During his time in National Bank of Dubai, he also attended University of Wollongong and got his master's degree in International Business Management in 2001. He is currently appointed as Vice Chairman and CEO of Wasl Asset Management Group, Vice Chairman, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Real Estate Corporation, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Emirates NBD Bank PJSC and Chairman of Emirates Islamic Bank PJSC.

Mr. Alhussaini got his bachelor's degree in International Business from Franklin College and continued his graduated degree in Webster University. In 1998 he received his master's degree in International Business. After graduating he joined The National Bank of Dubai as a mobile officer/branch manager and managed the local market share trading office. In 2001, he started to work for Bright Start, a private investment company, as a Managing Director. Since 2008, he is acting as an Executive Director at H&H Investment and Development, which is a Dubai-based Real-Estate investment, development and management company. Among others, Mr. Alhussaini is also a board member of Emirates NBD, Emirates Islamic Bank, Dubai Refreshments Company, Dubai Real Estate Corporation.

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 an 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 Interbank’s 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 bank’s 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. His management also ran the process of selling Zorlu Holding owned DenizBank shares to Dexia S.A. in May 2006 for 3.250 Billion Dollars with 4,7 times its book value which is a record in Turkey, as well as the sales process of 99.85% of DenizBank shares owned by Dexia Group to Sberbank 6 years later in June 2012 for 3.6 Billion Dollars with 1.33 times its book value. Also serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at DenizBank subsidiaries Deniz Yatırım Securities, Intertech A.Ş, DenizBank Moscow and DenizBank AG Vienna, Hakan ATEŞ was granted the “Those who Add Value to Turkey” award presented by Bahçeşehir University in 2015. Hakan Ateş is with two children. He speaks fluent English.

Born in 1952, Mr. SEVİNÇ graduated from İstanbul University, Faculty of Literature, English Language and Literature. Starting his career at Interbank in 1986, he held several duties at Branches, Central Operations and Capital Market Departments until 1994. Mr. SEVİNÇ served as Department Head at Branch Operations, Internal Control and Legislation Departments at HQ of Bank Ekspress until 1996. He worked as Deputy General Manager at GarantiBank Moscow between 1996 and 1997. He joined DenizBank in 1997, served as Executive Vice President of Operations until 2002 and as Executive Vice President of Foreign Subsidiaries from 2002 to 2007. Mr. SEVİNÇ has continued his duty as Independent Board Member at DenizBank A.Ş. from December 2012. As of March 2018, he has appointed as Vice Chairman of Board of Directors serving until March 2021.

Mr. Nelson was born in 1959. In 1982, he started The Western Australian College of Advanced Education (now Edith Cowan University) for his bachelor's degree in business. In 1995, he received Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma from University of New England. Mr. Nelson started his banking career in 1984 as Corporate Finance Manager’s Assistant. Throughout 35 years of career Mr. Nelson also completed many leadership and technical programs from highly regarded institutions. Prior to his Emirates NBD career, Mr. Nelson worked at Standard Chartered Bank for 16 years. During his time in Standard Chartered Bank, he worked in different executive positions and different countries. He left his position as CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore in 2013 and became a member of Emirates NBD PJSC family. Other being the Group CEO, he is also a board member of Emirates Islamic Board Audit Committee, Emirates Islamic Board Risk Committee, Emirates Islamic Board Nomination & Remuneration Committee, Emirates Islamic Board Credit & Investment Committee and Marsh Emirates Insurance Brokers LLC. Also, he founded Higher Colleges of Technology Industry Advisory Council in 2014 and he is still part of the council.

Mr. Morris was born in 1963 and graduated from Loughborough University in 1985 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Banking & Finance. He joined HSBC on their graduate programme and during his 14 years at the bank undertook a variety of roles covering Retail Banking and Corporate Banking, predominantly located in London and New York. In 2000, Mr. Morris joined Standard Chartered Bank initially to head the Bank’s Corporate & Institutional business for the UK before becoming the Regional Head for Corporate & Institutional Banking, Europe in 2001. Mr. Morris moved to Dubai in 2003 to undertake a similar role as Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking covering the UAE and Oman and then in 2005 became the Regional Head for Corporate and Institutional Banking, Africa. In 2008, Mr. Morris relocated to Bahrain as CEO for Standard Chartered before returning to the UAE, which was Standard Chartered’s fifth largest market globally, as CEO in 2011. Mr. Morris joined Emirates NBD Bank in 2014 as Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head of Wholesale Banking.

Born in 1965, Ms. ARIBOĞAN graduated from TED Ankara College Foundation High School. She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the Faculty of Political Sciences at Ankara University. She received her M.A. and PhD degrees from the Institute of Social Sciences, Istanbul University in International Relations. In 1995, Ms. ARIBOĞAN attended the International Security School at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Her academic career, which started at Istanbul University, continued at Istanbul Bilgi University and Bahçeşehir University. Between the years of 2007-2010, she served as the Rector of Bahçeşehir University. Between the years of 2010-2014, Professor Deniz Ülke ARIBOĞAN served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Istanbul Bilgi University and has worked as a faculty member at Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Sciences as from March 2014 until October 2018 and as Chairman of Advisory Committee of Istanbul Bilgi University as from February 2015 until October 2018. Acting as Senior Fellow at the University of Oxford Harris Manchester College CRIC (Centre for the Resolution of IntractableConflict) since December 2015, she has been recently assigned as the Dean of Uskudar University as of October 2018. Deniz Ülke ARIBOĞAN has been serving as an Independent Board Member at DenizBank A.Ş since December 2012. As of March 2018 she has been assigned again as the Independent Board Member serving until March 2021.

Born in 1965, Mr. VAN ROSTE graduated from Limburg University (Belgium), Marketing Department. Starting his career at Bacob Bank Belgium in 1989 at Corporate Sales Department, he held several positions at Paribas Bank Belgium and Artesia BC as Head of Corporate Sales, Structured Products, FX Derivatives Departments before joining Dexia in 2002. He worked at Dexia as Deputy Head of Financial Engineering and Derivative Products at Treasury and Financial Markets Group and served at Public and Project Finance Group, Structured Finance and Export Finance Department between the years of 2003-2005. He assumed the duties of Executive Director at Dexia Holding between the years of 2005-2007, Executive Vice President in charge of Public and Project Finance Group at DenizBank A.Ş. in 2007, Executive Vice President in charge of Public Project Finance and Corporate Banking Group at DenizBank A.Ş. between the years of 2007-2009. Wouter VAN ROSTE has continued to serve as the Member of The Board of Directors of DenizBank A.Ş. since June 2009.

Born in 1972, Mr. KOZINTSEV received his BA, MA and PhD in Economics from Moscow State University. He worked at Bayerische Hypo Vereinsbank as Deputy Head Representative from 1996 to 2000, then at Unicredit Bank as Head of Corporate Customers Department between the years of 2000-2007 and at Unicredit Security as Debt Capital Markets Director from 2007 to 2008. Afterwards, he served as Investment Banking Director at IFD Kapital between the years of 2008-2012. Mr. KOZINTSEV has continued his duty at Sberbank as Senior Managing Director since April 2013. He was appointed as Member of The Board of Directors of DenizBank A.Ş in July 2013 and KOZINTSEV continues to work as Board Member in charge of Credit Risk at DenizBank A.Ş. since August 2015.

Born in 1964, Mr. KUMRU graduated from Ankara University, Political Sciences and earned an MA degree and Ph.D from Istanbul University, Institute of Social Sciences. Between the years of 1987-1999, He held several positions at Esbank T.A.Ş. and was appointed as Executive Vice President in 1998. Mr. KUMRU joined DenizBank Financial Services Group in 1999. After serving as Executive Vice President in charge of DenizBank A.Ş. Corporate Marketing Group, General Manager of DenizLeasing and DenizFactoring, he was appointed as General Manager of DenizBank Moscow in 2004. Between the years of 2009-2011, he served as Executive Vice President in charge of Corporate, Commercial Banking, Public Project Finance and Foreign Subsidiaries Group at DenizBank A.Ş. from 2011 to 2012, he assumed the title of Executive Vice President in charge of Wholesale Banking Group at DenizBank A.Ş. Derya KUMRU continues his duty as Member of The Board of Directors at DenizBank A.Ş. as from December 2012.

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