She began her career in 1964 as a Member of the Board of Directors of Koç Holding, a position she continues to hold. In addition, she is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vehbi Koç Foundation and the Divan Group, President of the Semahat Sevim Arsel Nursing Education and Research Center and Founder of the Koç University School of Nursing. She also serves as Member of the Board of Directors of other Koç Group companies. She is Member of the Board of Trustees of the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV). Semahat Sevim Arsel has received an “Honorary Doctorate” degree from Istanbul University.
Ms. Semahat Sevim Arsel, 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, Semahat Sevim Arsel, has been serving in the boards of directors of the Group companies for the last ten years.