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Board of Directors
Ali Y. KOÇ Chairman of the Board of Directors

Ali Y. Koç graduated from Rice University in Business Administration and completed his MBA degree at Harvard Business School. Between 1990-1991, he attended the American Express Bank Management Trainee program. Between 1992 and 1994, he worked as an Analyst at Morgan Stanley Investment Bank. Between 1997-2006, Koç held various senior level positions at Koç Holding such as the New Business Development Coordinator and President of the Information Technology Group. Between 2006-2010, he was the President of the Corporate Communications and Information Technology Group. Koç has been a Board Member of Koç Holding since January 2008 and was named Vice Chairman in February 2016. He is also the Chairman of various Koç Group companies. Additionally, Koç contributes to the country’s social and economic development by serving as President at URAK (International Competition Research Association) and as a Board Member at Endeavor Association and DEİK (Foreign Economic Relations Board). He is also the Vice Chairman of TÜSİAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association) and a Member of the Global Advisory Council of Bank of America, Harvard University and CFR. Koç has been Board Chairman of Yapı Kredi and Koç Financial Services since April 2016.

Carlo VIVALDI Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

Carlo Vivaldi graduated from University of Ca’Foscari (Venice, Italy) Department of Business Administration. He started his career in 1991 as Teller in Cassamarca, which merged into UniCredit in 1998. From 1993, he continued his career in various Planning and Control teams. In 2000, Vivaldi became responsible for Planning and Control for the New Europe Division (today's Central and Eastern Europe - CEE). In 2003, he became the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Koçbank/Koç Financial Services. In 2007, he became a Member of the Management Board and CFO of UniCredit Bank Austria (covering Austria and the CEE countries of UniCredit). He also became a Member to several Supervisory Boards in CEE subsidiaries. In 2011, Vivaldi was appointed as the Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Yapı Kredi. In 2015, he was appointed as the Head of CEE Division of UniCredit. In addition to being the Board Vice Chairman of Yapı Kredi and Koç Financial Services since February 2015, Vivaldi is also Supervisory Board Member in UniCredit Russia and UniCredit Foundation, a Board Member in UBIS (UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions) and a Member in UniCredit Executive Management Committee.

Gökhan ERÜN Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Gökhan Erün earned his undergraduate degree from Istanbul Technical University Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering and his graduate degree from Yeditepe University in Business Administration. In 1994, Erün began his career at Garanti Bank Treasury Department. Between 1999-2004, he served as the Senior Vice President of Commercial Marketing and Sales Department. After becoming the CEO of Garanti Pension and Life in 2004, he was appointed as Executive Vice President of Garanti Bank in September 2005. Erün served as the Deputy CEO of Garanti Bank since September 2015, in charge of Corporate Banking Coordination, Treasury, Treasury Marketing and Financial Solutions, Derivatives, Cash Management and Transaction Banking, and Financial Institutions. He also held positions in the Boards of various Garanti Bank subsidiaries. As of January 2018, Erün has continued his career in Yapı Kredi as Executive Director in Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In addition, Erün is the CEO of Koç Financial Services and holds positions in the Boards of various Yapı Kredi Group subsidiaries.

Niccolò UBERTALLI Executive Director and Deputy CEO

Niccolo Ubertalli graduated from Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Material Engineering in 1996 and received his Master’s in Business Administration from Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University (Tennessee, USA) in 2000. During his graduate program, he worked at Teksid Aluminum Foundry as Program Manager and Process Engineer. In 2000, Ubertalli moved to Milan (Italy) and worked at McKinsey as Senior Associate until 2002. Between 2002-2004, he worked at UniCredit Clarima as Director of Major Relations Divisions. Between 2004-2006, Ubertalli worked at MBNA (USA and UK) as First Vice President. Between 2006-2009, Ubertalli relocated to Bulgaria to work at UniCredit Consumer Financing as Chairman and Executive Director. In 2009, he moved back to Italy and continued his career at UniCredit as the Chief of Staff for Group CEO and between 2011-2012, as the Head of Group Consumer Finance. In 2012, he moved to Romania and assumed the position of Deputy CEO at UniCredit Tiriac Bank. During his time there between 2012-2015, he was a Member of Management Board for UniCredit Tiriac as well as Member of Supervisory Boards for Pioneer Investments, UniCredit Consumer Finance Bulgaria, UniCredit Consumer Finance Romania and Ergo Asigurari de Viata S.A. Romania. As of February 2015, Ubertalli has continued his career in Yapı Kredi as Executive Director in Board of Directors and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In addition, Ubertalli is the Deputy CEO of Koç Financial Services and holds positions in the Boards of various Yapı Kredi Group subsidiaries.

F. Füsun AKKAL BOZOK Member of the Board of Directors

F. Füsun Akkal Bozok has a MBA degree from Boğaziçi University in Faculty of Administrative Sciences and a Ph.D. from Istanbul University in Faculty of Administration. She began her career at Arthur Andersen Audit Company in 1980. Bozok joined Koç Group in 1983 as an Associate and Coordinator Assistant in the Audit and Financial Group Division. In 1992, she was appointed as the Audit and Financial Group Coordinator, a position which she held for 11 years. Between 2003-2006, she worked as the Finance Group Director. In addition to being a Board Member at Yapı Kredi and Koç Financial Services since September 2005, Bozok is also an Assistant Professor at Sabancı University and an Independent Board Member at Akiş GYO ve Bizim Toptan.

Ahmet F. ASHABOĞLU Member of the Board of Directors

Ahmet F. Ashaboğlu holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University and a Master’s of Science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Mechanical Engineering. In 1994, he began his career as a Research Assistant at MIT. Between 1996-1999, Ashaboğlu held various positions in capital markets within UBS Warburg, New York. Between 1999-2003, he worked as a Consultant at McKinsey & Company, New York. In 2003, Ashaboğlu joined Koç Holding as Finance Group Coordinator. Since 2006, he has been serving as the CFO of Koç Holding. In addition to being a Board Member at Yapı Kredi and Koç Financial Services since September 2005, Ashaboğlu is also a Board Member at Yapı Kredi Koray Real Estate Investment Trust and various Koç Group Companies.

Levent ÇAKIROĞLU Member of the Board of Directors

Levent Çakıroğlu graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Business Administration Department and received his master’s degree from University of Illinois. He started his professional life in Ministry of Finance in 1988. 1997-1998, he taught as part time instructor at Bilkent University and served as Vice President of the Financial Crimes Investigation Board at the Ministry of Finance. Çakıroğlu, joined Koç Group in 1998 as Koç Holding Financial Group Coordinator. He was the General Manager of Koçtaş between 2002-2007, the CEO of Migros between 2007-2008, the CEO of Arçelik between 2008-2015 and the President of the Durable Goods Group of Koç Holding A.Ş. between 2010-2015. Çakıroğlu was appointed as the Deputy CEO of Koç Holding in February 2015 and he took over the CEO post on April 2015. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Koç Financial Services and serves in the Board of Directors of some Koç Group Companies.

Mirko D. G. BIANCHI Member of the Board of Directors

Mirko D. G. Bianchi earned a Masters in Science degree in Chemical Process Engineering from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. In 1991, he also got his MBA in Marketing & Finance from Fordham University (New York). Bianchi started his career at BCI Capital (New York) as an Equity Analyst. Between 1993-1998, he worked as Senior Analyst (Vice President) at Moody’s Investors Service. In 1998, Bianchi joined Deutsche Bank Securities as a Director at the Global Debt Capital Markets Department. Between 2000-2009, he worked at UBS Investment Bank (London) as Managing Director and Global Head of Ratings Advisory. In October 2009, Bianchi joined UniCredit as Head of Group Finance in the CFO department and Co-Head of the Group Treasury. Between June 2015-September 2016, he was appointed as CFO for Austria & CEE of UniCredit Bank Austria and served as Member of the Management Board. In September 2016, Bianchi was appointed as the CFO of UniCredit. In addition to being a Board Member at Yapı Kredi and Koç Financial Services since July 2015, Bianchi is also a Board Member at some UniCredit Group Companies.

Giovanna VILLA Member of the Board of Directors (Independent)

Giovanna Villa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Financial Administration from Bocconi in 1991 and obtained a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate in 2000. Between 1991-1995, Villa worked as a Senior Auditor at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Between 1995-1997, she was an Assistant in the administration department at Santavaleria (an Italian listed company). In 1997, Villa provided accounting consultancy to SME companies. Between 2009-2011, she worked as an Assistant to the Internal Auditor at Aler Azienda Lombarda Edilizia Residenziale. Since 2000, Villa has been a Member of the Audit Committee for several companies such as Lenovo Italy, Ritrama Group, Sias Monza Circuit, Lux Vide and Malvestiti. In 2017, she has been appointed as Statutory Auditor in Sias Group and Sintesi, Italian listed companies. Villa has been a Board Member of Yapı Kredi and Koç Financial Services since April 2016.

Francesco GIORDANO Member of the Board of Directors

He has a degree in Economics from University of Genova (Italy) and a master degree in Economics from University of Warwick (UK). He started his career as an Economist at MMS/Standard & Poors in London. He then moved, remaining in London, firstly to the Istituto Bancario San Paolo and then to Credit Suisse First Boston as Senior Economist. He joined the UniCredit Group in 2000 as Head of Research, thereafter covering a number of positions including Head of Planning, Research and Strategy and CFO and Head of Marketing and Strategy for the Corporate and Investment Banking Division. From 2011 to 2015 he worked as CFO of Bank Austria, with responsibility also for the CEE. During this period he also Served as a Board Member at Yapı Kredi Bank and Koç Finansal Hizmetler. In 2015 he has been appointed as CFO Finance and Member of the Management Board of UniCredit Bank AG in Germany. As of September 2016, he was appointed as Co-Chief Operating Officer, with a specific responsibility for cost management, purchasing, real estate and all finance functions. Giordano has been a Board Member of Yapı Kredi and Koç Financial Services since March 2018.

Gianfranco BISAGNI Member of the Board of Directors

Gianfranco Bisagni holds a degree in Business Administration from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He started his career in the Italian UniCredit network and shortly thereafter, moved to the United States. His first appointment was in the Chicago office. He was than relocated to New York, where he took over as Deputy Chief Manager for the UniCredit New York branch, responsible for all the representative offices in North and South America. In 2001, he was named Chief Manager of UniCredit´s Hong Kong branch and in 2008, Head of Corporate Banking Asia Pacific & Chief Manager Hong Kong branch. In 2010, he started to serve as Head of Corporate and Investment Banking & Private Banking at UniCredit Tiriac Bank Romania, where he was also appointed a Member of the Management Board. Between 2011 and 2015, he acted as Head of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Corporate and Investment Banking and as Deputy Head of CEE Division of UniCredit. In April 2015, he was appointed as the Deputy and in September 2016, as the Co-Head of Corporate and Investment Banking. Bisagni has been Board Member of Yapı Kredi and Koç Financial Services since October 2016.

Adil G. ÖZTOPRAK Member of the Board of Directors (Independent)

Adil G. Öztoprak graduated from Ankara University - Faculty of Political Science, Finance and Economics Department. Between 1966-1975, Öztoprak served at the Ministry of Finance as an Auditor. In 1975, he was appointed as the Assistant General Manager of Budget and Fiscal Control Department. After 1976, served as a Financial Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer at many companies. Between 1993-2000, Öztoprak was a Partner at Başaran Nas Yeminli Mali Müşavirlik (PricewaterhouseCoopers). Öztoprak, a Certified Public Accountant since 2000, served as a Statutory Auditor at Yapı Kredi, Yapı Kredi Insurance, Yapı Kredi Pension, Yapı Kredi Leasing, Yapı Kredi Factoring and Yapı Kredi Invest. Between March 2014-July 2016, he was a Board Member at Goodyear Lastikleri T.A.Ş. In addition to being a Board Member at Yapı Kredi and Koç Financial Services, Öztoprak is also an Independent Board Member at Yapı Kredi Koray Real Estate Investment Trust.

Wolfgang SCHILK Member of the Board of Directors (Independent1)

Wolfgang Schilk graduated from University of Wien Law School in 1992 and completed his postgraduate management trainee program at Creditanstalt- Bankverein (CA-BV). Between 1994-1996, he worked at CA-BV as the Restructuring and Workout Manager responsible for Corporate Banking. Between 1996-2004, Schilk worked as the Head of Credit Unit at Bank Austria Creditanstalt. In 2004, he became the Head of Regional Office responsible for Corporate Banking. In 2006, he worked as the Head of Regional Office responsible for Private and SME segments. Between 2007-2010, he was the Head of Risk Management responsible for Private and SME segments in Bank Austria. Between 2010-2016, Schilk served as the CRO of Yapı Kredi. In September 2016, he was appointed as UniCredit Chief Risk Officer (CRO) for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region. In addition to being a Board Member at Yapı Kredi and Koç Financial Services since October 2016, Schilk is also Supervisory Board Member at UniCredit Bank Czech Republic & Slovakia and Zagrebacka Banka.

A. Ümit TAFTALI Member of the Board of Directors

A. Ümit Taftalı earned his B.S. in Finance from Ball State University (Indiana) and his MBA degree from University of South Carolina. He also participated in senior executive programs at Harvard University. Taftalı is an investment banker and wealth manager with over 30 years of international experience. He has worked in executive positions in Atlanta, New York and London for Merrill Lynch & Company, Bankers Trust Company and Goldman Sachs International. Taftalı has been representing and advising Mrs. Suna (Koç) Kıraç since 2001 and is a Member of Koç Holding Executive Committee. He is also Board Chairman of Kare Portföy. Taftalı is or has been Board/Founding Member of various philanthropic and professional organizations such as Suna-İnan Kıraç Foundation, Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TESEV), Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TÜSİAD), Saint Joseph Educational Foundation, Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV), Galatasaray Sport Club, American Finance Association (USA), Financial Management Association (USA), Museum of American Financial History (USA), Ball State University Foundation (USA), Turkish Bankers Association (UK), University of South Carolina Foundation (USA). Taftalı has been a Board Member of Yapı Kredi and Koç Financial Services since April 2016.

(1) Based on Capital Markets Board’s Item 6(3)a of the Communique Serial II-17.1 on Corporate Governance, Wolfgang Schilk, Chairman of the Audit Committee is deemed as Independent Board Member

Notes: The members of the Board of Directors each have a one-year term of duty. Appointments of members are set out annually at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting.

Ali Y. Koç, Ahmet F. Ashaboğlu, Levent Çakıroğlu and A. Ümit Taftalı, who are members of the Board of Directors, are also members of Board of Directors at other Koç Group companies due to their positions in Koç Holding.

Carlo Vivaldi, Mirko D. G. Bianchi, Gianfranco Bisagni and Wolfgang Schilk, who are members of the Board of Directors, are also members in other UniCredit companies due to their positions in UniCredit Group.

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