Mehmet Kahya received his double major BS degree in Chemical Engineering and Economics from Yale University and his MBA with majors in Finance, Marketing and Quantitative Methods from Kellogg School of Management.
He started his career as Management Services Manager at Sasa (1975-80) and later was Founder and Managing Director of MKM BV (Holland, 1980-84) and of Sibernetik Sistemler (1984-86). Mehmet Kahya rejoined Sabancı Group in 1986 as Automotive Group Vice President and was EVP/President of Temsa (1986-90) and Member of the Presidency of Toyotasa (1990-94) while serving as Member of the Management and Planning Council of Sabancı Holding and as Member of the Boards of Temsa, Toyotasa, Susa and Sapeksa.
In the period 1994-2006, various positions held by Mr. Kahya was Managing Director and Vice Chairman of the Board of CarnaudMetalbox, President of Uzel Makina and Member of the Executive Committee of Uzel Holding, General manager and Group Vice President of DYO, Member of the Executive Committee of Sarten Ambalaj, Shareholder and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Gierlings Velpor (Portugal, 2002- 2005), President of Assan Alüminyum.
Since 2006, he is advising boards/ shareholders as the Founder and Principal of Kronus. Currently he serves as an independent member on the Board of Directors at Brisa; member of the board at Temsa and Electrosalus Biyomedikal; and as shareholder advisor at various companies.