Rahmi M. Koç

Chairman of The Board


A graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Business Administration, he joined the Koç Group in 1958 at Otokoç Ankara. He became Chair of the Management Committee in 1980 and was named Chair of the Board of Directors of Koç Holding in 1984, a post he held until 2003 when he became the Honorary Chair. Apart from Koç Holding, he also serves as a Member / Chair of the Board of Directors of other Koç Group companies.

In addition, Rahmi M. Koç is or has been affiliated with social and professional organizations including:

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, Honorary Trustee

  • Co-Chair of the Business Advisory Council for South East Europe (BAC SEE)

  • Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Vehbi Koç Foundation

  • Honorary Chair of the Board of Trustees of Koç University

  • Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Rahmi M. Koç Museum and Cultural Foundation

  • Chair of the Board of Directors of the Vehbi Koç Foundation American Hospital

  • Honorary Chair and Founding Member of TURMEPA, The Turkish Marine and Environment Protection Association

  • Honorary Chair of the Advisory Board of the Turkish Industrial and Business Association (TÜSİAD)

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Turkish Employers Association

  • Founding Chair of the Global Relations Forum

  • Former President of the International Chamber of Commerce (1.1.1995-31.12.1996)

  • Former President of the Turkish Greek Business Council (1992-1999)

  • Former Member of the Allianz AG International Advisory Board

  • Former Member of the J.P. Morgan International Council

  • Former Member of the International Advisory Board of the US Council on Foreign Relations

Rahmi M. Koç has been awarded with the following merits and degrees:

  • “Honorary Doctorate” degrees by Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore-Maryland), Eskişehir Anadolu University, İzmir Ege University, Ankara Bilkent University, Ovidius University of Constanza and Aydın Adnan Menderes University

  • “Outstanding Service Award” by the President of the Turkish Republic

  • German Government’s “Grosses Verdienst Kreutz”

  • “Order of High Merit of the Italian Republic”

  • “Order of Merit of the Austrian Government”

  • “(Honorary) Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)”

  • “Officier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur”, the highest medal awarded by the French government

  • “Responsible Capitalism Lifetime Achievement Award” from FIRST, a leading multidisciplinary international affairs organization

  • The medal of Foreign Policy Association (FPA), globally recognized think-tank with its 100-year history

  • “Hadrian Award” by the World Monuments Fund to the Koç Family

  • “Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy” (New York) to the Koç Family

  • “BNP Paribas Philanthropy Award” (Paris) to the Koç Family

  • “Iris Foundation Award” from BARD Graduate Center to the Koç Family

Mr. Mustafa Rahmi 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, Mustafa Rahmi Koç, has been serving in the boards of directors of the Group companies for the last ten years.