Etisalat hires Serkan Okandan as group CFO

Former Turkcell finance chief to join Etisalat in January
Serkan Okandan was previously group CFO at Turkcell.
Serkan Okandan was previously group CFO at Turkcell.


Etisalat has appointed Serkan Okandan as group CFO. Okandan, who is due to take up the role in January, was previously group CFO at Turkcell and acting CEO for Turkcell’s subsidiary in Ukraine.

As group CFO at Turkcell, Okandan led the finance function across eight countries. He has experience of mergers and acquisitions and has conducted multi-million dollar deals through bonds, syndications, acquisitions and divestitures.

Ahmad Julfar, group CEO, Etisalat, said that Okandan’s appointment would bring “further impetus” to Etisalat Group’s strategy to become one of the world’s leading telcos.

“Okandan will help Etisalat to focus on […] value creation from its operations in the existing markets, grow in adjacent opportunities and selectively expand beyond the 18 countries we operate in,” Julfar added.

Serkan Okandan is a graduate of Bosphorus University, faculty of economics and administrative sciences. He started his career as a senior auditor in Price Waterhouse Coopers and then worked as a financial controller for DHL Worldwide Express and Frito Lay before he joined Turkcell group in 2000. He is a board member of all Turkcell domestic and international subsidiaries.


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