Cenk Alper

Cenk Alper

Board Member and CEO

Cenk Alper has been serving as the CEO and a Board Member of Sabancı Holding since 2019, leading the sustainable, technology-driven, entrepreneurial, and operational excellence transformation of the Group’s business areas, while working diligently for the maturation of these concepts on both global and Turkish scales.

Between 2017 and 2019, Mr. Alper served as the President of Sabancı Holding Industrial Group, where he particularly spearheaded the global expansion of the group in the fields of mobility and material technologies.

From 2007 to 2017, he held successive positions as CTO, COO, and then CEO at Kordsa, guiding the company’s transformation into an advanced material and technology company and executing its secondary public offering.

Cenk Alper’s career in Sabancı Group began in 1996 at the Sabancı-Bekaert partnership, Beksa. Between 2002 and 2007, he gained international business operations experience by holding managerial positions within Bekaert in Belgium and the USA.

In addition to his executive roles, Mr. Alper contributes to discussions on business and sustainability by being a part of various boards and councils, including the Global Impact Coalition CEO Advisory Board, Chapter Zero Türkiye Advisory Board, and the Board of 30% Club Turkey Campaign, as well as being a member of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the CNBC ESG Council, and WORLD.MINDS.

Cenk Alper holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University and has completed an MBA at Sabancı University.