Guler Sabanci Story
Guler Sabanci happens to be the third generation of the Sabanci family and is now the chairperson of Sabanci Holdings. Based in Turkey, this business is considered to be the second largest financial and industrial business in the country.
Guler was born in 1955 in Adana in Turkey. She was the first child of her parents Ihsan Sabanci and Yuksel. She completed her high school education from TED Ankara College in Ankara. Guler then went on to Istanbul to study business administration in Bogazici University. In the year 1978, she also secured a degree in Business Management from the Harvard University.
After completing her studies, Guler joined LasSA - company that produced tires and was owned by her family. Later, she was appointed the General Manager of KordSA. She worked on this position for close to 14 years. She went on to join the Board of Directors of Sabanci Holdings. She was responsible for the human resources of the company and was also the Head of the Reinforcement Materials Group and Tire Group.
Guler Sabanci initiated her career with Sabanci’s tire manufacturing unit and then went on to work in the other organizations run by the family. Her aptitude for business is what led the family to appoint her as the Chairperson of Sabanci Holdings, second largest financial and industrial holding company in Turkey.
Along with handling family business, Guler also founded Sabanci University. She heads the Board of Trustees of Sabanci Foundation, one of the most popular private foundations in Turkey. She is also a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists and happens to be the only female member of the group.
Awards and Achievements
Guler has won a number of awards for her philanthropic work. These include Clinton Global Citizen Award and Raymond Georis Innovative Philanthropist Award. For her impeccable leadership qualities, she has been awarded with European School of Management Responsible Award and David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award.
Other than that, she was given the Order of Leopold II in 2007, Order of Civil Merit in 2008 and National Order of Legion of Honor in 2010. Drexel University awarded her with an honorary degree in 2006 and the Corporate Partner Award by the American Turkish Society.
In the year 2012, Guler Sabanci became a member of United Nations Global Compact, which is an advisory body of the United Nations that takes care of business organizations, labor forces, employer organizations and civil society at large. In 2013, she was ranked 2nd in Fortune magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business outside USA. She also ranked 60th in the 2014 Forbes’ survey of Most Powerful Women in the World.