Türk Telekom Group CEO steps down
ANKARATürk Telekom CEO Rami Aslan has decided to resign from his position after three years of service, the company announced in a written statement to the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP) late Aug. 31, marking another senior resignation both in the company and in the sector.
This was the third resignation by a senior executive from the company since the failed July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. There have recently been many other resignations in the highly competitive sector over this year.
Aslan will continue serving on the Türk Telekom Executive Committee and Board of Directors in addition to his CEO and board member roles in Oger Telecom, said the company.
He will continue to serve as CEO at Türk Telekom until a new appointment is made, it added.
Aslan was appointed as Oger Telecom CEO in 2011 and Türk Telekom CEO in 2013.
He played a key role in the combination of different company brands under the ceiling of one name and the company’s significant contributions to Turkey’s transition to the advanced 4G technologies, dubbed 4.5G in Turkey.
Two other senior executives in Türk Telekom, who were summoned by prosecutors to give testimony in connection with the July 15 failed coup attempt, have also stepped down from their positions.
The company said Consumer Business Unit CEO Erkan Akdemir and Coşkun Şahin, the vice president responsible for technology, decided to leave their positions, in an emailed statement on Aug. 12.
Türk Telekom, which is 30 percent state-owned, has sacked 290 people in total in “cooperation with the security forces” in line with the ongoing probe into the coup attempt.
Vodafone Turkey CEO Gökhan Öğüt also recently stepped down, the company said in a written statement late Aug. 22, to assess new career opportunities in other companies, according to a company statement.