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Board of Directors

Halil İbrahim Kongur

Halil İbrahim Kongur has joined the Prysmian family in 1986 and since 2003, he has been working as Factory Director. Additional to his current responsibility, he’s appointed as Chairman on January 2015. Kongur, worked as Planning Engineer, Logistics Manager, Production Manager and Purchasing Director before assigned to these roles. He is graduated from Karadeniz Technical University, department of Mechanical Engineering and completed his masters degree in Berlin Technical University in Manufacturing Technologies department.

Ülkü Özcan

Mrs. Ülkü Özcan has graduated from Galatasaray High School in 1994 and Marmara University, Department of Business (English) in 1999. She has served as Senior Strategist, Strategy and Business Development Manager and Marketing Manager, respectively, at Lafarge Turkey between 1998 - 2009. Joining Çimsa Cement in 2010, Mrs. Özcan has taken the positions of Strategy and Business Development Manager, Strategy and Marketing Manager, Strategy and Marketing Director, and Vice President for Strategy, Marketing and Sustainability, respectively, at Çimsa. Mrs. Özcan had served as the Vice President for Çimsa White Cement and Special Products Sales and Marketing starting from 2015. She became Çimsa's CEO in October 1st, 2018 and worked until August 2020  in this position. She has joined to Prysmian Group in June 1st, 2021 as CEO of Türk Prysmian Kablo Sistemleri.

Rinke Kieboom

Mr. Rinke Kieboom, graduated in Business Economics and started his career as plant controller in the industrial products sector. He joined NKF, later acquired by Prysmian Group, since 1990, starting as a BU Controller and having his first international experience being in Indonesia for 3 years. Following the acquisition of NKF by Prysmian (Pirelli at the time) he became Country CFO of The Netherlands. Following the acquisition by Prysmian of Draka he was the country CFO for the largely extended Prysmian presence in the Netherlands. Since 2014 he re-activated his international career for Prysmian in the USA ( 4 years) for the integrated BU Surf and Elevator and China as CFO ( 3 years). Since 2022 active in Oman for Oman Cables Industry (a Prysmian Group subsidiary) also having the extended role as MEAT region CFO.

Maria Cristina Bifulco

She was born in Noci (Bari) in 1976.

She graduated magna cum laude in Business Adminsitration, in 2000, at Università Commerciale “L. Bocconi” of Milan and got, in 2005, a Master in Business Administration at Kingston Business School of London. After first experiences as Consultant (Eos in Milan) and Analyst (Bloomberg Financial Services in London), in 2006 She joined, as Investor Relation Manager, IW Bank SpA, where She had the chance to follow, in May 2007, the quotation of the Bank in the market Expandi of Borsa Italiana. In 2008 She started a new professional challange in Snam SpA, first as Head of Financial Markets Analysis and Investor Relations and then as Head of Foreign Subsidiaries, coordinating abroad M&A projects and following the acquisitions of foreign participations (Interconnector in UK, T.I.G.F. in France). In 2013 She become Head of Investor Relations in Indesit Company SpA where She was, inter alia, in charge of the due diligence process related to the divestment of controlling stake of the Company from the Holding (Fineldo) to Whirpool.

In September 2014 Maria Cristina entred a new professional experience, that still lasts, joining the Prysmian Group SpA as Group Investor Relations Director. She reports to the CFO of the Group and carries out, beside the IR duties, Corporate Governance Activities and Special Projects (Capital Increase 2018, Bond issues prospectuses, due diligence streams for M&A).

Giacomo Sofia

Giacomo Sofia holds a master degree in Mechanical Engineering from Federico II University of Naples and an Executive MBA from Bocconi University of Milan.

He has covered multiple leadership roles within Prysmian Group for more than 20 years, both in Milan Headquarters as well as in different Regions of the Group.

After starting in the Corporate department of Strategic Planning and Industrial Investments, he has served as Logistics Director for Central Eastern Europe based in Budapest, before being assigned as COO of Country Romania.

Following the acquisition by Prysmian of one of its major European competitors (the Dutch Draka), he moved to The Netherlands as Supply Chain Director of the newly established Telecom Division.

Back to Corporate leadership roles in 2014, Mr Sofia has become VP of Global Supply Chain and then VP of Global Manufacturing.

In 2018, after the second major acquisition by Prysmian (of the American General Cables), he has been assigned as COO of the new Organization designed to manage the North American business headquartered close by Cincinnati (Ohio).

Today he is back to Corporate Milan as Senior Vice President of Global Business Operations.

Mr Sofia is also serving as CEO of Prysmian Cables and Systems, a sub-holding Company of Prysmian Spa, and he seats as member of the board in some other companies controlled by Prysmian Group.

Mine Ayhan

Holding a B.A. from the Department of Mathematics, Boğaziçi University, Mine Ayhan started her career in 1991 at Yapı Kredi Sigorta T.A.Ş. as a Senior Engineer at the Engineering Department, and was promoted to the position of Assistant Director of the same Department in 1997. Ayhan then went on to work at Yapı Kredi Sigorta A.Ş. in 1999, serving as Engineer and Director of the Key Accounts Department at this company until October 2003, as Group Director of Yapı Kredi Sigorta Pazarlama A.Ş. in the first six months of 2004, and as Deputy General Manager of Yapı Kredi Sigorta A.Ş. in the second six months. After holding similar positions at TEB Sigorta A.Ş. and Koç Allianz Sigorta A.Ş. between 2006 and 2009, Ayhan started her new role as Deputy General Manager supervising the Technical, Claims and Reinsurance Department at Generali Türkiye in July 2009, and then served as General Manager of Generali Türkiye between 2010 to 2017. In addition to her role as Vice Chairman of Generali Türkiye, which she still is, she holds the positions of Chairman and Board Member at Europ Assistance Türkiye and the Paris-based Europ Assistance Holding and Europ Assistance SA.

Banu Uzgur

Starting her career at the Accounting Department of Otak Construction Co., an affiliate of Yaşar Holding, after earning her bachelor’s degree in 1995 at the Faculty of Ecoomy, Istanbul University, Banu Uzgur did her PhD in Finance at California State University/San Bernardino from 1997-1999.

Having served for Kent Investment from 2000-2002, Ak Investment from 2002-2003 as Senior Analyst, Uzgur started working in Turkcell’s Investor Relations Department as of October, 2003.

Appointed as manager of Turkcell Group’s International Media Relations Department starting September 2011, Uzgur has worked mostly as a Strategic Consultant, predominantly focused on Investor Relations, since May 2013 when she left Turkcell.

İsmet Su

Having earned his bachelor’s degree in Law at Istanbul University in 1984, İsmet Su worked as a private practice lawyer for many years, and is a member of Bursa Bar Association.

Getting into politics in 1994, İsmet Su took role as founding member in Bursa provincial organization upon establishment of AK Party, and continued his political life within the Bursa provincial organization of AK Party assuming roles including Head of Arbitration Committee for Party Democracy, Member of the Board of Directors, Vice President of the Provincial Organization in charge of Election Affairs, Deputy President of Provincial Organization (Head of Political and Legal Affairs). 

İsmet Su was elected and served as Member of Parliament for the 24th Term of the Turkish Grand National Assembly. İsmet Su is currently the “Deputy President of the Disciplinary Committee of the AK Party Group” and “Spokesperson of the Constitutional Commission.” İsmet Su is married, with three children.