He received his bachelor’s degree from the Management Faculty of Rice University and MBA from Harvard Business School. He started his career at American Express Bank as a Management Trainee and continued as an Investment Analyst at Morgan Stanley Investment Bank. Yıldırım Ali Koç joined Koç Holding in 1997 and held senior-level positions until 2010 including new business development and information Technologies as well as President of Corporate Communications and IT Group. After serving as Member of the Board of Directors at Koç Holding for over 8 years, he was elected as Vice Chairman in February 2016. Since April 2016, Yıldırım Ali Koç also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Koç Financial Services, Yapı Kredi Bank, Ford Otosan, Otokar as well as several other Koç Group companies. In addition to being Chairman and Vice Chairman at Turkey’s largest companies and financial institutions, Yıldırım Ali Koç also contributes to the country’s social and economic development and currently is the President of Fenerbahçe Sports Club. Member at the National Competition Research Association (URAK), Member at the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK), Member of the Global Advisory Council of Bank of America, Harvard University and Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a Member of the Panel of Senior Advisers at Chatham House and recently joined the Trade and Investment Council at the Confederation of British Industry.
Mr Yıldırım Ali Koç, who is a non-executive board member is not an independent member pursuant to the Corporate Governance Principles of the CMB. Being one of the controlling shareholders in Koç Group, Yıldırım Ali Koç, has been serving in the boards of directors of the Group companies for the last ten years.