Polisan Holding Board of Directors

We remember our Founder, our mighty Plane Tree, our priceless elder Necmettin Bitlis, who laid the foundations of Polisan, and whose name is inscribed among the veterans of Turkish Industry, with respect, in grace and with infinite gratitude.

It will always be our highest priority to keep our visionary leader's values, on which he built our corporate culture and pass these values, which are "integrity", "transparency", "modesty", "reliability", "loyalty", "innovation", "respect to human health and environment" on to generations.



Mehmet Emin Bitlis
Board Chairman

He was born in 1958. Between 1972 and 1984, he attended high school and completed his undergraduate degree in Austria. He speaks English and German. Having started his professional career in 1985, Mehmet Emin Bitlis is the Chairman of the Board of Polisan Holding, Polisan Yapı, Rohm and Haas and a Board Member of Polisan Tarım. He is also a Member of the Board of the Turkish Industry and Business Association, Turkish Chemical Manufacturers Association, Kocaeli Chamber of Industry, Gebze Chamber of Commerce, Dilovası Organized Industrial Zone, Istanbul Rotary Club, and Malatya Education Fund.


Ahmet Ertuğrul Bitlis
Vice Chairman

He was born in 1961 in İstanbul. He graduated from Boston University, in Production Engineering (BSc) in 1983, and obtained his master’s degree from the same university in 1984 in Mechanical Engineering. He started his professional career in 1986. Ahmet Ertuğrul Bitlis is the Chairman of the Board of Polisan Tarım and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Polisan Holding.


Ahmet Faik Bitlis
Board Member

He was born in 1962 in İstanbul. He graduated from Deutsche High School in İstanbul in 1981 and Boğaziçi University, in Industrial Engineering (BSc) in 1986. He received a master’s degree from the İstanbul University International Management Program in 1990 and completed the Harvard Business School Owners and Presidents Certificate Program in 2004. He started his professional career in 1986. Ahmet Faik Bitlis is a Member of the Board of Polisan Holding and Polisan Tarım. He is also a Member of the Board of the İstanbul Minerals and Metals Exporters’ Association (IKMIB), Malatya Education Fund, and Deutsche High School Culture and Education Fund.


Fatma Nilgün Kasrat
Board Member

She was born in 1964 in İstanbul. She graduated from Notre Dame de Sion French Girls High School in 1983 and İstanbul Technical University (ITU), in Chemical Engineering (BSc) in 1987. She started her professional career that year. Fatma Nilgün Kasrat is the Chairman of the Board of Şark Mensucat, and also a Member of the Board of Polisan Holding and Polisan Tarım.


Murat Yıldıran
Board Member

He was born in 1962. After graduating from Galatasaray High School and Middle East Technical University, Department of Economics, he completed his master's degree in Financial Management at Southeastern University. Mr. Yıldıran started his professional career in 1988 in the field of Investment Banking in Turkey. Between 1989-1991, he managed important projects at the Privatization Administration of the Prime Ministry. In 1991, he joined the Samuel Montagu Bank in London. Between 1993-2007, he worked at the London European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as an executive in project finance (loan, capital) and mergers and acquisitions in various countries. Between 2008-2009, he was the CEO of Martı REIT and between 2009-2010, he acted as the Interim CEO of Capital Resources Co. Group in Azerbaijan. Since 2010, he has served as the Head of Risk and Finance Committee, Executive Board Member and Consultant at İnci Holding, and simultaneously the Board Member and Consultant at companies operating in different sectors and geographies. He speaks English, French and Italian. Murat Yıldıran has started his post as the Polisan Holding CEO and the Board Member as of October 1, 2019. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Polisan Kimya and Polisan Hellas, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Polisan Kansai Boya, Poliport, Polisan Maroc, Polisan Tarım, Polisan Yapı and Şark Mensucat, and a Member of the Board of Rohm and Haas.


Zafer Kurtul
Board Member

Zafer Kurtul, CFA, received his undergraduate degree from İstanbul University, Faculty of Business Administration in Finance and obtained his MBA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, also in Finance. He held managerial positions at Citibank, BNP-Ak-Dresden Bank and Societe Generale prior to his appointment to Akbank in 1998 as the Assistant General Manager. Zafer Kurtul served as General Manager in Akbank between 2000-2009, and as the Vice Chairman of the Board between 2009-2010. He assumed the position of CEO of Sabancı Holding between 2010-2017 and acted as Chairman of the Boards of various subsidiaries of Sabancı Holding during this period. Zafer Kurtul has been the Chairman of the Board of ZKurtul Management Consulting company since 2017. Additionally, he is a Member of the Board of Polisan Holding, Şark Mensucat, Alternatifbank and Mersin International Port.


Esra Yazıcı
Independent Board Member

Esra Yazıcı was born in 1968 in Istanbul. She graduated from Saint Benoit High School in 1986 and the Business Administration program at Boğaziçi University in 1990. She completed her MBA at the University of Marmara. She fluently speaks English and French. Having started her professional career in 1991 at the Credits Department at Societe Generale Bank, she worked as a Marketing Manager at Tekfen Bank and DHB Bank. Along with training SMEs on effective risk management, she gave consulting to various companies on strategic and corporate management, and financial risk. Esra Yazıcı is a guest lecturer at the University of Bahçeşehir, teaching Crisis Management to MBA students. Esra Yazıcı is the Independent Board Member of Polisan Holding and also a Member of the Board of Poliport, Polisan Kimya, Polisan Yapı, Şark Mensucat and Polisan Kansai Boya.


Şeref Taşkın
Independent Board Member

He graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences in 1988. Şeref Taşkın joined the Account Experts Board in 1989. Having worked as an Account Expert until 1998, Mr. Taşkın left the Accounts Experts Board to work as a Financial Group Coordinator for a group of companies between 1998-2001, while serving as a board member at several group companies. In 2002, he joined Arkan & Ergin YMM A.Ş. as a Partner and Certified Public Accountant. Şeref Taşkın has been providing with audit and consultancy services for over 17 years to several companies operating in industry, trade and service sectors on issues such tax consultancy, transfer, merger, spin-off restructuring, stock exchange, due diligence, audit consultancy and tax litigation. He continues his professional career as a Certified Public Accountant. Şeref Taşkın is the Independent Board Member of Polisan Holding.


Arif Başer
Independent Board Member

He was born in 1967 in Trabzon. After graduating from A.Ü. Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Finance in 1988, Arif Başer worked as an officer for the General Directorate of National Estate for 1 year. Following success in the entrance exam of the Ministry of Finance Account Experts Board in 1989, he worked as an Account Expert until 2004. Mr. Başer was appointed to conduct research on the functioning of the American Tax Administration (IRS) and spent one year in that country for this purpose in 1999. Between 2000-2004, Mr. Başer worked as the Marmara Corporate Tax Office Director, Foreign Trade Tax Office Director and İstanbul Vice Provincial Treasury, respectively. He resigned from public service in November 2004 and has been working as a Certified Public Accountant since then. Arif Başer is the Independent Board Member of Polisan Holding.