Turkey: Sabancı Holding has appointed Umut Zenar as the general manager of Çimsa following the departure of Ülkü Özcan. Zenar’s previous role as the general manager of Akçansa, a joint venture between Sabancı and HeidelbergCement, will be filled by Mehmet Zeki Kanadıkırık. The changes will take effect from the start of September 2020.
Zenar holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. He started his professional career in 2003 as a Business Development Specialist at Zorlu Holding before joining Akçansa in 2004. After working in sales, marketing and business development roles he moved to Oyak Cement Concrete Paper Group in 2016 as a general coordinator before returning to Akçansa as its general manager in 2018.
Kanadıkırık holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He started his career worked for Çukurova İthalat, Brisa, Lubrekip, Kordsa and Tekstil Servis. In 2006 he became the Production Manager at Kordsa Turkey and subsequently became the Manufacturing Director of Kordsa Turkey, the Operations Director of Thai Indo Kordsa and the Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of Asia Pacific for Kordsa in 2015.